Where do you folks buy running shoes in Frankfurt?

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In general, I have always found Runners Point the best place for sports shoes, including running.

 

I haven't been to the one in Frankfurt, but I purchased new ones from them in Wiesbaden in October last year and they were again very good.

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Sofar i have bought mine at the following:

- sports section of Galeria Kaufhof

- Karstadt sports section

- Sports aRena - (unfortunately closed now in Hauptwache)

 there are also Outlet stores in Wertheim village, but that’s a little far off

 

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2 hours ago, bail_me_out said:

- sports section of Galeria Kaufhof

- Karstadt sports section

 

I was thinking about trying this, would I get dirty looks from Real Runners (TM) for going to a "non-specialist" store? Or do they basically have the same stuff there?

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3 hours ago, dj_jay_smith said:

Runners Point

 

Aha, thanks for the tip. Looks like the Frankfurt stores are a little far out of town but maybe I'll find an excuse.

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2 minutes ago, sos-the-rope said:

would I get dirty looks from Real Runners (TM) for going to a "non-specialist" store?

 

and you would care, why? :)

 

maybe it helps to think of it this way:  if they are THERE to give you dirty looks...they must not be "Real Runners" either ;)

 

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Just now, lisa13 said:

 

and you would care, why? :)

 

maybe it helps to think of it this way:  if they are THERE to give you dirty looks...they must not be "Real Runners" either ;)

 

 

it was kinda ironic, the thought behind it was, does anyone suggest avoiding these "mainstream" places for any reason?

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2 minutes ago, sos-the-rope said:

 

I was thinking about trying this, would I get dirty looks from Real Runners (TM) for going to a "non-specialist" store? Or do they basically have the same stuff there?

 

1)  Who would know?  

2)  Who cares?

3) Just play dumb foreigner!  

 

But seriously:  Normally a specialist shop will have better choice.  But some of the Dept. stores in Frankfurt are big so they might have a good range.  But in general, I would say that you would get better service and advice but pay more at a specialist shop so this is up to you.

 

Runners point always have a treadmill in the shop.  And for me, they advised that I had a tendency to run it a bit of an awkward manner so they suggested some extra support.  They could only see that because I went on the treadmill! 

 

I'm not sure you would get this level of service in anywhere other than a specialised shop.  But it depends what you want.

 

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11 minutes ago, sos-the-rope said:

 

Aha, thanks for the tip. Looks like the Frankfurt stores are a little far out of town but maybe I'll find an excuse.

 

Exactly why so many of us go to Karstadt et al, of course.  When it is 5 mins from home, I have no real need to look elsewhere.  I stick to the sales usually as well.

 

Mine certainly sponsors "real" sports professionals, if that helps.

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I do agree with the advice to go to a proper running shop if you need any input whatsoever from someone with knowledge.

 

especially if you are just getting into it, starting out with the wrong shoes can have a huge impact on whether you ever progress to "real runner" status.  I made a foray into running some years back and the advice from a good shop made all the difference between having excruciating hip pain and...not :) 

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If you pay enough, you can probably get shoes that will run for you, while you relax on the sofa. Otherwise, pretty much any running shoe you can buy will do the job and be much better than these.

 

 

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2 hours ago, lisa13 said:

I do agree with the advice to go to a proper running shop if you need any input whatsoever from someone with knowledge.

 

especially if you are just getting into it, starting out with the wrong shoes can have a huge impact on whether you ever progress to "real runner" status.  I made a foray into running some years back and the advice from a good shop made all the difference between having excruciating hip pain and...not :) 

 

I started doing 5 and 10k runs and I did notice a lot of different pains :-(

 

So far not back pain, knock on wood...

 

I also got inlays from the orthopaedist, but that was the year before I got into running (started back up last summer after a 30 year break...!) but i got the idea that the real issue is simply lack of foot based exercise, not lack of support per se?!

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2 hours ago, Smaug said:

 

I second that! When I went there they were very scientific and analyzed my gait on a treadmill to determine which shoes would be best for me.

 

Is that because you are a strong runner already and you want to optimise, or more about avoiding injuries?

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1 hour ago, sos-the-rope said:

 

I started doing 5 and 10k runs and I did notice a lot of different pains :-(

 

So far not back pain, knock on wood...

 

I also got inlays from the orthopaedist, but that was the year before I got into running (started back up last summer after a 30 year break...!) but i got the idea that the real issue is simply lack of foot based exercise, not lack of support per se?!

 

oh jeez that's a whole topic unto itself:  on the one hand there's the idea that most people need specialized, supportive footwear/orthotics to run without pain vs. the camp that believes all these structural shoe "fixes" do far more harm than good.  I am more in the camp that "less is more" (as a less structured shoe worked way better for me) but I know others who swear by their shoe hardware and inserts.  

 

Have you checked out any ergonomic running techniques? 

 

I played around with chi-running and I have to say while it was strangely difficult to implement at first, over time it started to feel really natural and much less awkward.  It just felt good to run this way.  note the chi running website looks like the typical "magic bullet sales pitch" fodder that's too common these days, but in fact the original book on the topic is really down to earth and the principles make a lot of sense.  And anyway there are many other options/sets of principles if that doesn't appeal.  

 

in any case, you should really consider having your mechanics analyzed when you go to buy shoes to be sure you're getting something that at the very least won't exacerbate your woes.  eta:  yes these analyses are primarily about preventing injury (at least in the US they are - I'd be surprised if it were much different here, outside of a personal training scenario)

 

eta eta:  the idea that "most any shoe will do the job" is just not accurate!  If you are a supinator (or even a neutral runner) and you buy supportive shoes designed to correct pronation, holy hell you'll be in a world of hurt.  Etc.  

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If you have problems then Cycling is a much better option.  Of course this is not so good in the Winter with the weather, and short days, traffic, pollution etc.

 

I do Cycling in Summer and running in Winter.

 

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2 hours ago, sos-the-rope said:

 

Is that because you are a strong runner already and you want to optimise, or more about avoiding injuries?

 

I stopped running a while ago. Back then I had terrible knee pain from jogging. After analyzing my gait they recommended a pair of shoes with very high arches because my feet rolled inwards while running. The knee pain went away. I can't say if that was because my knees had gotten used to the impacts while running, or because of the shoes, but my jogging sessions did become much more comfortable immediately.

 

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On 1/14/2019, 4:00:47, Smaug said:

 

I stopped running a while ago. Back then I had terrible knee pain from jogging. After analyzing my gait they recommended a pair of shoes with very high arches because my feet rolled inwards while running. The knee pain went away. I can't say if that was because my knees had gotten used to the impacts while running, or because of the shoes, but my jogging sessions did become much more comfortable immediately.

 

 

Nice!

 

Funny, I have some knee / ankle pain myself.

 

I'll keep looking into it.

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