Expert Running Shoe Analysis for Optimal Fit | Total Endurance Aberdeen

Expert Running Shoe Analysis for Optimal Fit | Total Endurance Aberdeen

If you're looking for a new pair of running shoes but not sure what type, make or model will be right for you? At Total Endurance, we provide bespoke run gait analysis service that caters to every type of runner, ensuring you find the optimal shoe to match your stride.

Our Gait analysis service is free and its preferred that customers book in-advance as this helps us ensure our treadmill will be available so that we can assess your running.  As we also offer detailed biomechanical and run physiology testing our treadmill is often being used, booking in advance allows us to ensure the time you are looking to come in.  However, you can just drop-in without an appointment

 What is the process for the Run Gait Analysis?

 We start by having a brief chat about your running history (mileage, injuries etc), current running shoes you have been using.

  1. Next we get you onto the treadmill and we slowly build up the pace to a gentle jog 
  2. Once you are at a steady pace we will take a short video clip from a range of different positions including how you feet hit the ground relative to your body.
  3. We will then playback the videos to you, so you can see what you look like when running and our expertly trained staff will discuss the videos and identify the level of pronation (natural rolling inwards or outwards of the feet) - See below for more information
  4. From the videos we can discuss what types of shoes you should consider and we can let you try on some different running shoes
  5. We can let you try each of the shoes on the treadmill and try running in the shoes to see how they feel and we can take some follow up videos to show you how your running gait interacts with each of the shoes.  We can even compare different shoes side-by-side and explain the differences between them all.

It is important to remember that running shoes are designed to aid your running and they aren't the be all and end all to correcting your run technique.

  • Ensuring your ankles are visible. Wear shorts/cropped pants or leggings that allow us to see the shape and outline of your ankle.
  • Wear a pair of socks that you would normally run in. 
  • Wear your current running shoes to the appointment. This is so that we can see what you are running in, and for you to feel the difference. You only need to bring your normal pair of running shoes.
  • Wear clothes to run in. We will have you on the treadmill for the assessment, after this you may be on and off the treadmill.

General termsShoes for over pronators

Quite often you'll here the below terms banded around with regards to running shoes.  


This usually stems from a weakness in the foot or people with flat arches that causes the foot to roll inwards. As the foot is planted and put under pressure it rolls inwards excessively, causing the weight to move to the inner edge. For people who overpronate excessively and suffer from recurring injuries, we would typically recommend a stability shoe.

Neutral gait

This usually means the foot lands on the outer edge and then rolls inwards in a controlled manner allowing for an even distribution of weight and shock absorption. We would typically recommend a neutral shoe.


This occurs when the foot lands on the outside at a steep angle with little or no inward movement. This can sometimes create a jarring sensation and excess pressure through the lower leg. Often seen in runners with high arches. We would typically recommend a neutral shoe for this gait.


1. Capture footage
2. Email footage
3. Our team get to work
4. Recommendations

Stage 1
Ensure that your ankles are visible, wear shorts or roll your trousers mid-way up. Ensure your socks are smooth i.e. no gather points.

Place a camera around 15 inches behind the treadmill and approximately 5 inches off the ground. If you don’t have a tripod try improvising with a stack of books or ask a friend to help you, you can always return the favour for them! Please try and wear neutral shoes for the gait analysis as this will help our team to accurately read your gait. Record at least 20-seconds of you running in the centre of the screen. The pictures below (click to zoon) show the ideal distance and height of your video. If you do not have access to a treadmill then please ask a friend to record you running away from camera three times. Have the camera as low as possible in the same way as the treadmill footage. Try to mimic the same pace as you do outdoors when running on the treadmill. If your file size is to large please email us your video via an online file transferring site such as dropbox or google drive to
Stage 2
When emailing your video please let us know a little more about your running history and the type of running you’re planning on doing. This isn’t because we’re being nosy; it will just help our team fit you into the best pair of trainers. The email contact form contains some questions, but feel free to add any other information, which you think might be relevant.

Stage 3
Once we’ve received your video our team of experts will analyse the footage and assess your gait to measure your level of pronation and identify any biomechanical inefficiencies. Using our analysis software we slow your video down and analyse it frame by frame to 
Stage 4
Having assessed the footage a member of our team will then feedback their findings, including an analysis of your gait with recommendations as to the best type of running shoe for you to consider and any other relevant feedback. If you’d like to chat to us further regarding your assessment you can chat to us in store on 01224900500

Stage 5
Our online gait analysis service is solely at your own risk. All advice from Total Endurance is intended as a guide only.

If in doubt please consult your GP before taking part in any exercise and the use of a treadmill and setting up a camera behind the treadmill should be done in a safe manor and if applicable with consideration to other gym users.

Biomechanical Analysis 

If you are looking to additional support and advice, our biomechanical analysis service offers a more in-depth look at run technique and injury prevention strategies  Click here to find out more
Running biomechanical analysis for injury prevention
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