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Published  October 31, 2006  ---  Runner’s World

Collar: The inside back portion of the shoe that provides comfort around the ankle

Dual-Density Midsole: A mechanism, most often a firmer wedge of foam on the medial (inner) side of the shoe, used to correct excessive pronation

Eyelets: The holes that the shoe laces run through
Eyestay Material used to anchor the eyelets to the sides of the shoe

Heel Counter: An internal support feature in the rear of the shoe that conforms to the shape of your heel

Heel Tab: The part of the shoe that surrounds the Achilles tendon and helps lock the shoe around the heel; also called Achilles tendon protector or Achilles tendon notch

Midsole: The material (usually EVA or Polyurethane foam) that sits below the upper and above the outsole, providing protection from impact forces and oftentimes encasing nonfoam technologies, such as GEL or Air, to increase durability and protection

Outsole: The durable part of the shoe that makes contact with the ground, providing traction
Overlays Reinforcing strips at key stress points that help give the shoe structure

Quarter Panel: The material that makes up the sides of the shoe

Sockliner: A removable insert that sits just below the foot and helps the shoe better fit the foot
Tongue Soft elongated flap that fits over the top of the foot to protect the tendons and blood vessels from pressure caused by the laces

Upper: The part of the shoe that encases the foot


Not all colors are available in the stores but can be special ordered.

Most shoes are also available in Wide - we carry some in the stores but others can be ordered.  We can order any brand/model for you.

SHOE PARTS:  (see below)


If you have high arches and need minimal support, Neutral shoes are right for you. Your feet will guide themselves more naturally through each step for your perfect running gait.  Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame. 

Runners with average arch height looking for a blend of cushioning and support can't go wrong with Stability shoes. Get a smooth transition from heel strike to toe off. Enjoy a well-guided stride and perfect arch support to keep you going for miles.  Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame. 

Shoe weights are for men size 9 and women size 7.

How long running shoes last depends on many factors.
The general rule of thumb is 300-500 miles.
Using a training log will help you keep track of your mileage.
You should also be aware of how your shoes feel.  If your shoes feel "flat" or "dead" or you start feeling an unusual ache or pain, this may indicate it is time for new running shoes.

Other important considerations are:

  • The runner's body size
  • Running style (landing harder or softer)
  • Running surface (treadmill, road, trail, sidewalk)
  • Non-running/walking activities (not recommended as it can drastically increase wear)