According to my findings at club level and what I have read the neutral runners are a minority (despite what some like to think!) The fact is that most of us need some form of correction and usually in the form of orthotics.
This being the case then why do'nt shoe manufacturers produce a shoe that will actually be deep enough to accomodate orthotics? I mean its not bloody rocket science is it? All they have to do is make the upper a little deeper and Bob's your Badger! But oooh noooo thats too easy, why not kid us all into thinking that us "deformed" people are a minority, unlike those god like elite and holy "neutral" runners!!!
The Asics Gel Cumulus is one of the only shoes that will do this, there may be others (Not many I'll bet) but probably through accident rather than design.
For example why dont Reebok make their new "Pump 2" a little deeper so that orthotic wearers can try them? But Ooh noo according to Reebok "Their not for you then" (quote)
It really P*sses me off that one of the most common type of runner (orthotics) are the least catered for, whats the matter with shoe makers? Don't they want our business? Its all very well saying that there are lots of "support" shoes on the market, maybee so but they are usually not suited for orthotics and sometimes can upset the effects of orthotics. Does anyone else share my frustration or am I contrary to my belief the only non "neutral runner on the planet?????
Thanks for listening.
Mac (I feel better now!)