Sometimes, a few minutes of time will make a large difference in your life. I’ve got one of those to share. Yesterday at work, the work fitness center brought in two guys from Fleet Feet with their ‘fit id’ foot scanner:
So you stand on the scanner for a few seconds, and a dozen cameras scan your feet. Science!
For me, I’ve long had problems finding shoes that fit. Size 15, so right there I lose 80% of the brands and stores. Recently I’ve been buying wider shoes as they seem to fit better. However, I learned that my problem isn’t width, I’m actually narrower than average, but I have super high arches and the extra material added to wide shoes helps span the arch of my taller feet.
Well dang. That helps. I’ll try arch supports, that should help as I get back into trail running. The lack of support was apparently why I had Achilles pain; makes sense.
Fleet Feet sends you the results; here’s a link to mine and here is a screenshot:
Click through the link and you can Explore! My! Feet! In 3D!
Anyway, if you do any running I cannot recommend this enough. It took less than 15 minutes, I got a nice paper note with recommendations for shoes and insoles that should work for me, and the man helping me was super. No sales pitch at all, just helpful advice.
Their locator is here and I would assume that other running shoe stores might have the same system.
Like I said, some times a few minutes of your day makes a huge difference. This is one of them.