How to Start Running: Step 2

Get some shoes

Illustration by Jason Schneider

If you buy shoes online, think about the Brannock device, the machine that calculates the dimensions of a foot. It represents what you’re missing when you one-click kicks. “We measure your foot seated and standing. We watch you walk from the front and side, then we see how flexible your ankle and forefoot is,” says Trey Barnes, owner of Fleet Feet Sports Encino ( A good running store can answer all your questions, too. Here’s one: What’s with those shoes that resemble gloves? “They give you instant feedback if your form is off,” says Barnes. “They force you to balance, so you use your stabilizer muscles.” But be sure to step on a Brannock device before you buy a pair.

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» Village Runner
1840 Sepulveda Blvd. Manhattan Beach

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2621 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica

» Run with Us
235 N. Lake Ave. Pasadena