A couple of weeks ago, I took a day off from work and drove up to Syracuse. The reason being, they had a real running store. So, I trekked to Fleet Feet.
Disclosure: They did not pay me for this review. They didn't comp. me. These are my thoughts.
What a great place. Right when I walked in, they asked what I was looking for. I needed a new pair of running shoes, so they set me up with someone to get me set up there. More on that later.
When evaluating my feet, I was measured, my existing shoes were looked at, my natural walking gate was examined, etc. I have a wide foot, and rather than the usual "Oh.. Wow. We only have 2 pairs of wide shoes" that I normally get, all I was told was "I see you have some width there. Do you normally have to buy bigger shoes than you need?"
The guy fitting me went and got me a pair of shoes, and they felt absolutely spectacular. I did a quick run in them in the store while he watched. He went and got 2 more pairs, and we evaluated those too.. In the end, I wound up picking up the first pair.
Apparently, I do pronate, but not a significant amount. He recommended a neutral shoe, and that's what I bought. I only bought one pair, just so I can try them, but I am encouraged.
Here are the new kicks:
I haven't tried them yet, but I'm looking forward to doing that soon. (I didn't want to change too much before the race)
I also got to try out something I've been wanting:
Yep, I bought The Stick. That's killer. It was at a better price than I've seen, too!
So, about the guy that fitted my shoes. Really nice guy.. He was asking what kind of running I was doing, etc. I told him about the Bridge Run.. he said "Oh, I ran that last year". Neat. I asked him about what kind of running he did.. "I generally run marathons". OK, that's reasonable.
I didn't think anything of it until a couple of weeks later, when I was looking over the race packet. Photos of the 2011 winners. There's my guy. No shit. "Oh, I ran that last year". Yeah, you won it man.
OK, let's roll to the great Google... crunch crunch crunch. Oh. Wow. The guy that fitted my shoes banged out a 2:24 marathon in the f'in Olympic trials.
Talk about a humble guy. A testament to the people that work at this store, too. Two enthusiastic thumbs up.
...And, if you're reading, Fleet Feet, if you want someone in a completely different athlete class to sponsor, give me a shout. :) lol
Keep on rockin.