Hope you can help us.
I work/run an indie running store in the UK. We have been open for 10 years and have loved what we do, and how we help local runners. Over the 10 years we have seen the price of running shoes creep up and up from the main suppliers. When we started the Wave Rider was a £65 top level, marathon running distance shoe. That same shoe (plus advancements) is now about to have an RRP of £100 (in Dec 2011). We understand that costs of materials have increased and that new technology has been created and implemented. BUT where are the £65-£75 decent shoes now from all suppliers.
We have had a policy of not stocking shoe of £100 or more, but based upon what we have seen from suppliers for 2012, that would leave us with very little to stock, and certainly all the main named shoes, Onmi, Inspire, 2160 etc would not be in the store.
What do you all think about having to pay £100+ for your shoes? Is it something that you accept that is part of your sport, it’s still cheaper than Golf!!
Sorry for the mini rant, but we want to still offer the best service and range of shoes but not if you think the prices are too high.