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Runner FAQs

Shoes

Q. How long will my running shoes last?

A. Even if your shoes look like they’re new, they’re not as effective as when you purchased them. Over time, the EVA or guts of the shoe will break down—offering you less impact protection. If you do most of your running indoors or on a treadmill, your running shoes will last 450-500 miles. Treadmill and indoor tracks have an artificially cushioned surface and will not break down the EVA of your shoes as quickly as outdoor surfaces. If you’re running on asphalt or concrete, your running shoes will last 350-400 miles.

Q. Can I use the same shoes for treadmill and outdoor running?

A. Yes, traditional running shoes can be used either on the treadmill or outdoors. We recommend using trail running shoes ONLY for trails.

Q. Is one shoe brand better than the others?

A. No, we believe all brands we carry are equal in quality. The key is to get the “right” shoes that address your:

  1. Foot structure
  2. Running plans (i.e. marathon training vs. weekend warrior)
  3. Frame size
  4. Past or present injuries
  5. Gait (i.e. overpronator, underpronator or neutral)

Q. My friend says his running shoes are “the best” he’s ever worn. Should I get the same shoes?

A. No, there are many variables that go into finding the right running shoes: foot structure, weight, injuries and the use of orthotics. At Running For Kicks, we evaluate your foot structure and the wear pattern on your old shoes, analyze your gait to determine if you have any biomechanical issues and then offer you personalized shoe recommendations.

Q. I’m a walker. Can I wear running shoes?

A. Yes, running shoes are appropriate for either running or walking. A runner’s feet hit the ground with four to six times her body weight and running shoes are designed to support this impact. So, if you’re a walker, you can take advantage of the extra cushioning, stability, and durability of a running shoe.

Clothing

Q. I traditionally wear cotton t-shirts and shorts to run. What’s the best type of fabric for running or exercise clothing?

A. For years, cotton was considered the best fabric to wear while exercising. However, with recent advances in fabric technology, cotton is no longer the recommended option. Compared to most technical fabrics, cotton retains perspiration, which leads to chaffing and blistering. Fabrics like Coolmax®, DryFit™, or ClimaLite™ pull moisture from your skin and allow it to evaporate. These fabrics better regulate your body temperature to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter and they minimize chronic chafing or blistering. Plus, they’re now available in everything from running tops to hats and socks.

Q. What about running outside during the winter? I often feel like I over-dress.

A. Piling on sweatshirts and long underwear is not the answer. Instead, use technical fabrics that can both trap the heat your body generates and wick moisture away from your skin. With these fabrics you can wear less and be warm. Granted, you may feel a little colder when you step out the door—but you’ll feel comfortable within a few minutes and you won’t have to peel off multiple sweatshirts.

Q. Do good socks make a difference when running?

A. Yes, socks play a major role in the performance of your shoes and the health of your feet. Cotton socks hold moisture, making your feet hot and wet. This predisposes you to blisters. Fabrics like CoolMax® keep your feet dry and cool, maximizing comfort and preventing blisters.

Location

Running for Kicks
7158 W. 127th Street
Palos Heights, IL 60463
ph (708) 448-9200

Hours

Mon, Thurs: 10am to 8pm
Tues, Wed, Fri: 10am to 7pm
Sat: 10am to 6pm
Sun: 11am to 5pm

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