Specialist running shops

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Hi, Im quite new to running and have been told that I really need to get myself a pair of running shoes, as im currently running in an old banged up pair of trainers. A friend told me that I need to go to a place with a pressure pad, or something like that. I have no idea where specialist running shops are in munich, so does anyone know of a good running shop in the centre, or schwabing way?

 

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Lauf-Bar, Schlüter Str. 6, U-Bahn Nordfriedhof. Very friendly, good equipment for running analysis etc.

 

In-Team, Belgradstr. 3, U-Bahn Hohenzollernplatz. Never been there, but a friend of mine (marathon runner) always goes there to buy his shoes and ask them for training advice. The owners are all former professional marathon runners.

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Runners Point is not bad. There is one at OEZ (Olympia-Einkaus-Zentrum)

It costs you maybe €5-10 more for a pair but if you find 1 week later that they don't fit they will take them back.

 

http://www.runnerspoint.de/filialen.htm?su...chort=M%FCnchen

 

Also if you go there during the week you can let them analyse your running style on a running belt with a camera (e.g for over/under pronation). This way they can recommend the best shoe for you. But any specialiezed shop will do that.

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Yep, if you're new to running either go to Runners Point (OEZ, PEP or the new shop on Marienplatz), or Sport Ruscher near the Laim SBahn station. Sport Bittl (in Allach or in Laim) have a good selection of running shoes (and a discount card), but they probably won't help you out as much as Runners Point or Sport Ruscher. As a beginner, I think it's important for you to get on the treadmill and ask loads of questions. The newly renovated Karstadt Sport at Stachus is also OK and they have a treadmill in there.

 

I live very close to the In-Team running shop (actually I can see the shop from my window) that was mentioned in an earlier post, and I've gotta say the shoes seem to be over-priced and the shop is extremely small. Probably not the best choice for a beginner.

 

For shoes, I'd say stick to Asics or Saucony...but that's only my humble opinion.

 

If you know exactly what shoes you need, then for me there are 2 places to get them:

 

1) At the Messe before the Munich Marathon (in October). You don't need to run the race to be able to get into the Messe. There are some really good bargains.

2) Sport website http://www.sc24.com/ Good and quick delivery and they have many 'sale 30% off' email coupon codes. (if somebody wants the code, let me know)

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i think you should see what fits your feet first before looking at brand names. there are more brands out there than Asics or Saucony. it really depends on the individual feet, running style as well as your running routes.

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hey everyone, got them now! went to Lauf-Bar in the end, got a good service and a good pair of shoes.

 

thanks all for your replies!

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Also if you go there during the week you can let them analyse your running style on a running belt with a camera (e.g for over/under pronation). This way they can recommend the best shoe for you.

Am going for this on Weds - will report back on how I got on.

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Well, I went into for my shoe fitting at the Marienplatz branch and was very pleasantly surprised.

After a discussion of why I wanted the shoes, what terrain I run on and how often/long plus a look at my current pair, there was a pretty swanky foot scan to measure the feet and also to look at the alignment. This was all explained on the screen by the assistant, who answered any questions I had and then went off to find three test pairs to begin with, all in the category of stability (I have a slight pronation on strike and outward roll, plus had knee surgery 2 years ago). My leg alignment and knees were also looked at, thankfully I have really good alignment thanks to all the physio, as this will also affect your stride.

We started with adidas (supernova I think), Asics GT2130 and a Nike+ model. All in a much larger size than I'd been wearing - turns out the front foot cramping I'd been getting was from a too small shoe and not from an unfit runner, which was an eye-opener, especially as I'd taken a fitness trainer with me to fit them... anyway, although I have previously mainly bought Nike, the model given just didn't feel right during my run around the store. The adidas was very wide in the front foot, so not for me so those went back, we tried a New Balance model but it felt boat-like and I just kept on coming back to the Asics. Not least as they had a narrow fitting model (the advisor did ask if I wore Italian shoes, it's true, my feet are relatively slim).

On to the treadmill for the screen test with the Asics, after a few minutes the camera started. Immediately my run felt easier in them, the proof was on the screen - the stabilsing shoe worked wonders - result!

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Took around 40 minutes in total, there was only one other guy being assessed by someone else, so I had the advisor's full attention. There's also a two-week test period on the shoes, any problems, I can just return them.

And this assessment was completely free, so cost 0€ to err boot (groan). Book sessions online or in-store, would personally avoid peak periods (e.g. Saturday afternoon) and give at least two working days notice.

Did this all in German, no idea if they can speak English sorry.

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Yeah, Katrina, that's where I got my running shoes except the store in Heidelberg, but they did the same things with me, let me run on the treadmill, and filmed it. The shoe size I got still makes me cringe, but I have not had any problems with my shoes so far, not uncomfortable, no pain anywhere. Mine are NB also also the stabilizing kind. I actually just walked in there and they helped me right then and there. The lady was really nice and helpful.

I started running last July but made a very extended winter break starting at the end of September, and I just finally started running again three weeks ago. (And I had never run before July last year.)

I also saw that in their free running magazine they had a training plan to learn to run 10k. I am doing another plan (couch to 5k) which thanks to my extreme laziness and idiocy I had to start again three weeks ago, but I saved the plan from the running mag to use when I am done with the 5k plan. So it might be worth checking out that magazine even if most of it is just ads disguised as articles.

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I just attempted to use Runners Point's online appointment booking mechanism. While it sounds good in theory, it doesn't seem to be very useful.

 

I entered in "04-06.08.2008, um ca. 11.00" at the Marienplatz shop as my requested appointment time, as per the suggestions on the web page. The "helpful" woman responded with:

 

 

Bitte grenzen Sie Ihren Wunschtermin doch ein wenig ein!

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

 

XXXX

 

RP. RUNNERS POINT Warenhandels GmbH

 

 

So then I responded with a more exact appoinment time, and I got the following response:

 

 

RUNNERS POINT-Laufschuhberatung

 

Sehr geehrter Herr XXXX,

 

vielen Dank für Ihr Interesse an unserer Laufschuhberatung. Ich werde Sie für den von Ihnen gewünschten Termin in der Filiale anmelden.

 

Bitte haben Sie Verständnis dafür, dass es auch trotz Anmeldung zu Wartezeiten kommen kann. Eine umfassende Laufschuhberatung lässt sich

 

leider zeitlich nicht genau eingrenzen, d.h. wenn alle Kolleg(Inn)en vor Ort in Beratungen sind, kann es zu leichten zeitlichen Verzögerungen kommen.

 

Wir freuen uns auf Ihren Besuch.

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

 

XXXX

 

RP. RUNNERS POINT Warenhandels GmbH

... which means that I'm no better off requesting an online appointment than I would be just showing up, which I'm going to do anyway.

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I have mixed feelings about Runners Point.

 

What I think is quite good is that they let you return the shoes within 2 weeks even if you have worn them outside.

 

However when my boyfriend decided to buy a new pair of shoes last week we went to Runners Point and asked for an analysis the woman said she'd be right with us, faffed around with a few shoe boxes and proceeded to start the analysis on someone who had come in five minutes after us!!

 

I tend to stay loyal to Laufshop Frankfurt which is a local place and the service is excellent and the staff really know what they are talking about and are happy to answer any questions they have and always relate things to their own experience.

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zee: Lauf-Bar, Schlüter Str. 6, U-Bahn Nordfriedhof. Very friendly, good equipment for running analysis etc.

I agree, that place was great.

I've been looking for running shoes because I've been planning on doing the marathon this year for the first time. The first place I went to was Schuster near Marienplatz but every time I went there (a couple times) it was really crowded and after waiting for a while without seeing anyone, I gave up.

 

Lauf-Bar didn't have any waiting line, and they were very knowledgeable and helpful -most importantly, they were honest; I've thought for years that I needed a special kind of running shoe to correct for a problem with my knee, but they looked at my alignment on the screen and said I'd be fine with a regular shoe (they showed me on screen, which was informative). They also told me that the running shoes I brought were still good for a while yet, but I decided to get a new pair anyway since it's good to have two pairs for training. Anyway, I'm just always suspicious anytime I'm buying something from someone who knows more about the product than I do, and I like to reward people who use their knowledge to be genuinely helpful rather than push people into buying extra stuff unnecessarily.

 

So yeah, Lauf-Bar is great, and if you go there, bring a pair of your old running shoes, since it helps them to see how you run and where your weight is landing.

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