Want to feel good on your feet? Get fitted for the right footwear

Written by Aaron Z. Haydu plus Dave’s Races. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Many disparate factors shape a person’s well-being and health equity throughout Northwest Ohio. Creating opportunities that have the potential to reach everyone in the community is challenging, but when we’re able to see the trees through the forest by compartmentalizing and focusing efforts, the potential becomes more real.

From healthcare professionals working long hours on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis, to first responders moving quickly to provide urgent support, to grocery store clerks, to food-processing workers standing in one spot for their entire shift so we have access to daily essentials, happy feet are the root of long-term sustainability.

Feet are often taken for granted when evaluating personal well-being, but when you make your foot health a priority, many of the lifestyle aches and pains you’re dealing with can be reduced or even eliminated. It all starts with what type of footwear you put on, how often you change them throughout the day, and when you replace them with new ones.

The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments all working together to provide support, balance, and mobility. Those are a lot of moving parts. Additionally, everyone’s feet are set up a little bit differently and should be evaluated individually.

Getting fitted for the proper footwear consists of several observational and measuring steps. All of these steps are pretty basic, but it takes a trained professional to evaluate what they all mean once put together.

During a fitting at Dave’s, you’ll be asked to walk, run, or jog; stand in varying ways; and flex your feet through a few low-intensity movements. Measurements will be taken, and your existing shoes will be inspected for wear patterns before any type of shoe is recommended and tried on for comfort. You’ll be able to walk around the store in each pair and ask any questions that arise. It may be that you simply need an insole for the type of shoe you’re already wearing. Ultimately, it’s about what feels best to you, so you shouldn’t ever feel pressured into any one choice during a fitting.

Changing shoes throughout the day is one way to maximize their life and reduce your foot fatigue. Those you’ve spent your workday in are not necessarily what you should wear around the house or while exercising. Consider a pair of soft recovery sandals or ultra-cushioned shoes for around-the-home wear and running shoes with the right lift for your calf flexibility during your runs, walks, and cross-training routines.

Remember not to over-tighten your shoe laces; your feet need good circulation to perform at their optimal levels. Going barefoot at some points throughout the day is also a great way to stay in touch with your feet and what they might be trying to tell you.

Unfortunately, shoes will not last a lifetime. They only last so long before the stability and cushioning begin to break down and no longer support your foot health. When worn regularly, shoes typically last about six months before they should be replaced. Frequency of wear, type of activity, wear patterns, and miles put on them will be the primary deciding factors in their overall lifespan.

Don’t let the name fool you. Dave’s Running Shop provides footwear for people of all ages and lifestyle preferences. You don’t have to be a runner to find the right footwear at Dave’s. In fact, a large number of our customers don’t run at all—but they keep coming back because their feet feel good in their selection and they were treated right during their visit.

Dave’s Running Shop is the only locally owned and operated footwear store in Northwest Ohio, and was the first running shop in Ohio. Founded in 1973, four area locations serve the community from Sylvania, Perrysburg, Findlay, and Delta. The staff is thoroughly trained on the ideal fitting process and latest footwear technology, and no one at Dave’s works on a footwear sale commission. The sole mission is to fit each individual in what’s right for them and their lifestyle goals.

After getting fitted on your first visit, Dave’s will maintain your purchase history and be able to evaluate initial recommendations to meet your evolving needs and preferences each time you visit—giving your feet exactly what they need to feel good the whole time you’re on them.

Don’t miss Dave’s races!
Runners, get ready to “take your mark” in these exciting community events sponsored by Dave’s Performance Footgear. To register or for more information, including any associated fees, please visit davesrunning.com.


Run White & Blue 5K Virtual Race
Wednesday, July 1-Sunday, July 5, 2020. Unite to celebrate the best of America at this year's virtual Run White & Blue 5k run/walk on Independence Day—a day to come together from all over the nation around the common love of running and personal growth.


Virtual Race: Run for the Refuge
Wednesday, July 1-Monday, July 20, 2020. Due to COVID-19, we are converting the Discover Ottawa Run/Walk scheduled for July 11, 2020 to a virtual event. What does that mean? You can complete your race on your own at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, in your community, or even on a treadmill.


Kaleb’s DONOR DASH 5K Virtual Race
The Kaleb DONOR DASH 5k is in memory of Kaleb McLaughlin who was killed in an auto accident on June 24, 2013, just 20 days after his 20th birthday. Our goal is to bring awareness to the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation. Due to COVID 19 we are changing Kaleb's DONOR DASH 5k to a VIRTUAL RACE! You can run or walk your race on a treadmill, around a school track, or make your own 5k trail!


Trillium—A Women-Only Challenge
Saturday, July 11-Sunday, July 12, 2020, 8:00 a.m. at Centennial Quarry, 5773 Centennial Rd., Sylvania, Ohio. Since 2005, this women-only event has focused on empowering the competitive spirit in all women. Trillium is designed especially for women of all ages and athletic ability—whether new to multisport, casual swimmer/biker/runner, or an experienced athlete. This day is all about you.


Dave’s Ohio-Michigan 8K & 5K Virtual Race
Thursday, July 16-Thursday, July 23, 2020. The original virtual border battle—race in two states. Choose the Ohio State, Michigan, or neutral Run the 419 option in two colors. All participants will receive a soft-spun cotton shirt and a custom neck gaiter to keep you safe around town. Create your own route and run two states, if you can; run anywhere. Download and print your custom BIB and submit your results to compare with everyone. Post your photos and route to our Facebook Page and Strava Group sporting your new gear for a chance to win a free pair of shoes, courtesy of Dave’s Running Shop.


Only Fools Run a 5K
Rescheduled for July 18, 2020, 9:00 a.m. (Fools Family Fun Run at 9:15). Location: Woodmore High School, 633 Fremont St., Elmore, Ohio. In honor of April Fool's Day and hosted by the Explore Elmore Organization. For those fools not willing to take on the 5k challenge, there will be a 1-mile Family Fun Run.


Muddy Mini Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K
New date: Saturday, July 25—awaiting final approval from the Health Department and 5/3 Field.


Virtual NapNaz 5K Run for the City
Saturday, July 25-Saturday, August 1, 2020. The NapNaz 5k Run for the City will now be held virtually. To participate, simply sign up at davesrunning.com, claim your t-shirt, and submit your race time anytime during that week. All proceeds will continue to go towards improvements for the City of Napoleon parks and recreation.