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Am I alone in my thoughts on this? If so, I'm willing to be shouted down and have my opinions changed. Anyway, does anyone else think that gait analysis by the person who works in the shop is akin to financial analysis by the person who works for the bank? At the end of the day they are there to sell you their products. Their livelihood depends upon it. I'm not saying the advice isn't good, but it is biased.
I'm constantly surprised by the number of people I hear/read from who bought the same trainer after gait analysis - didn't the last one correct anything? It seems that the choice was pre-empted, regardless of the analysis performed. Also surprised by the number of people who will change shoes, develop a niggle or injury, then refuse to blame the shoes because gait analysis was performed.
I've had gait and tread analysis performed by a podiatrist who cut me insoles and told me that with their help, my pronation would correct itself. Follow-ups were free. I'm now a neutral runner in non-support shoes. He didn't sell me shoes, but recommended the models I might wish to try. I count that as independant advice.
I'd love to read people's thoughts on this.