Monthly Archives: April 2008

Shoe Review – Asics 2120

This is one of my favorite shoes for shallow (narrow or wide) feet. Added bonus, it’s also very stable, with a firm heel counter (back of heel) and great torsional stability (doesn’t twist).

This shoe is narrower than the 2130 or the Gel Kayano. It’s also works if you have a wide foot or a foot with a bunion.

I recommend this shoe at least once a day. Only problem is, the women’s narrow (2A) size is almost impossible to find and doesn’t work too well with an orthotic because it’s too narrow for an average sport orthotic to fit in. The men’s narrow (B) easily accomodates an orthotic and has fit every narrow, shallow foot I’ve fit, perfectly.

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Running Shoes – Making an Orthotic Fit

Blog reader Cherilyn asks I am trying to find a running shoe that accommodates my orthotics; a shoe with a deep foot-bed. Do you have any recommendations?”

Since prescription custom orthotics should match your foot, then if your foot matches your shoe, so too should your orthotic. Also, a custom orthotic made by a sports medicine podiatrist, is never as wide as your foot anyway, so there shouldn’t be any problem fitting it into a running shoe.

If you can’t get your orthotic into your running shoe, then either your shoe fit is wrong (length, width, depth), or your orthotic is wrong. Once made, an orthotic should work in all similar styles of shoes. For example an orthotic which fits into a pair of Asics 2130 should also fit into a pair of Brooks Adrenaline. A sport orthotic on the other hand will usually not fit into a non-athletic shoe, (flats, loafers), because of lack of room.

Most of the running shoes I’ve featured on my blog work great with orthotics. Saucony, Brooks, Asics, New Balance, Adidas and Nike all have lots of styles, which when fit properly will absolutely accommodate an orthotic.

Nordstrom San Francisco – Steve Brown, Men’s Shoes

When in San Francisco looking for men’s shoes, look no further than Nordstom San Francisco Center and Steve Brown. Steve is one of those rare career shoe salesman, who is more interested in making sure your shoes fit right than in commission.

Working in men’s shoes for nearly three decades, Steve knows feet and he knows men’s shoes. I trust my family with him. I trust my patient’s with him. What more can I say than that? Call ahead for his hours and days working.

Nordstrom San Francisco Centre
865 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 243-8500

Shoe of the Month – Allen Edmonds Broadstreet Saddle Shoe

At least once a month, someone brings in a shoe that is so fine, it needs its own shoe review.

This months shoe was brought in by Randolph and is so gorgeous, that everyone in the office had to stop and admire. It’s perfect for a narrow foot and comes in brown too.

A spectator style from the 30’s, this shoe is also part of Allen Edmonds, Custom Program. Which means you may order any current style in any color or leather in their line. You may decide to substitute one type of sole for another. They will also customize footwear for individuals with feet of two different sizes.

Allen Edmonds – what a great Company!

Shoe Review – Asics 2130 (Running vs. Trail Shoes)

I ordered a pair of Asics 2130 running shoes from Zappos.com which turned out to be slightly short. Since I do more outdoor walking than running, I decided to order the Asics 2130 trail shoes instead, and was surprised to discover they are not the same shoe. The running 2130 is on the left, whereas the trail running 2130 is on the right.

The 2130 trail shoes are much wider than the Asics 2130 running shoes. The Asics 2130 trail shoes are much deeper than the running shoe version.

And the Asics 2130 running shoe is shorter than the same length 2130 trail running shoe.

Once again even though both shoes have the same name and outsole design, they are entirely different shoes. Make sure you thoroughly check the different version of the same shoe, because more and more, they will not be the same.

Shoe Review – Brooks Dyad for Wide Feet

I had a runner come it today with 3 different pair of running shoes.

The first pair were Brooks Adrenaline – which were much too narrow for her wide, deep foot. The next pair she tried were Saucony Pro Grid Omni which were better than the Adrenaline, but still too narrow in the waist (center arch) of the shoe. The shoes which fit the best are the Brooks Dyad, which as you can see, barely hourglass in.

Now look at the upper. Although both shoes are made by Brooks – they are different widths. The Dyad is wide, whereas the Adrenaline has a narrower upper.

When buying shoes, always check the outsole of your shoe, because just like Goldilocks, eventually, you’ll find an outsole which will be “just right”.