Shoe School! How to Pick the Perfect Running Shoes

Everything you need to know to choose or recommend the best running shoes for your friends, athletes, or clients!
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

Shoe School is a comprehensive academy! In this course, we will begin with the history of modern athletic shoes and then dive into the details on shoe anatomy, structure, and function. We will show you how to evaluate shoes, perform a running analysis, and understand the principles of buying motion control shoes.

This course is made up of 5 sections. Within each section are lectures which will take you through the necessary steps to select the perfect shoe for YOU! Each section has a PowerPoint presentation as well as the supplemental text for the presentation. There are videos in each section as well, and those help to illustrate some or more difficult things to demonstrate without a visual aid. We have also included a running analysis checklist in section 3. All files are yours to download, print and share as you wish!

Each section gets right down to business without a lot of "fluff." We want you to be able to take this course without a huge time investment, because we know you want to go out and run for yourself!

Whether you are a coach, personal trainer, shoe store owner, or just a running enthusiast, you will find the value in this course! Learning how to properly identify the parts of a shoe, and recommend a certain style of shoe for someone can dramatically increase the value of your coaching, or training. We hope that you learn as much taking this course as we did creating it. We hope you have as much fun, too!

What are the requirements?

  • All that is needed is a desire to learn about the nuances of footwear selection and the passion to become a better runner and coach! You'll find everything you need as far a materials, inside the course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Confidently choose the right shoes for their particular needs and running style, and perform a gait analysis in order to recommend shoes for others.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for running enthusiasts, coaches, personal trainers, and shoe store owners. The topics covered in this course might go beyond what is necessary for a casual exerciser, but the information still may be useful.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Shoe School! What to expect in this course and Shoe History.

The introduction to this course will outline the curriculum and help you to understand how to use the information and navigate through this course.

This following lectures will also provide you with a better understanding of the evolution of the running shoe industry and some of the history of athletic shoes.


In this lecture, we go all the way back to the 1800's to follow the evolution of running shoes and we start to go into some of the differences between different styles of shoes.

5 pages

This is the supplemental text for the presentation! Follow along with the presentation, or print it out for reference at a later date.


In this lecture we show you several different kinds of running shoes and fitness shoes and talk briefly about the difference of each.

Section 2: Shoe Anatomy and the Construction Process

In this lecture, we get into the details of running shoe anatomy and start defining the different specifications you might see when buying shoes. We also talk about stack height, what it means, and how it is measured.

7 pages

This is the supplemental text for the presentation! Follow along with the presentation, or print it out for reference at a later date.


Here we demonstrate the parts of a shoe by using a dissected shoe for a better visual!


In this video, we go in depth about stack heights and discuss how they are measured and why they are important to consider when buying shoes.

Section 3: Performing a Gait Analysis

In this lecture, we learn the process of performing a gait analysis and how to interpret the results. Performing a proper analysis can be a great way to add value to your coaching or training services or help you decide which shoes are right for you.

4 pages

This is the supplemental text for the presentation! Follow along with the presentation, or print it out for reference at a later date.

3 pages

This a comprehensive check list for you to use to get started performing running analyses! Print it out and use it for a reference, or take some key points from the list and create your own check list. These are very helpful when doing an analysis because it helps you remember what all you need to be looking at!


This video describes the process of filming a gait analysis including where to stand and how to film properly. In the resources we include a youtube video of the footage we shot here and do a voiceover analysis to show you how the app works. The checklist above will help you navigate the different steps involved!

Section 4: Motion Control Shoes

In this lecture we discuss the details of motion control shoes and the different classifications. We will show you what to look for and some basics on foot anatomy and some common foot dysfunction.

6 pages

This is the supplemental text for the presentation! Follow along with the presentation, or print it out for reference at a later date.


In this video we go into further detail about motion control shoes and some of the misconceptions surrounding them.

Section 5: Selecting the Right Shoes

This is the final lecture in this course! In this lecture we sum up all of the information to give you some advice on actually buying great shoes. We cover everything you will need to know about buying online and buying shoes in a general shoe store.

4 pages

This is the supplemental text for the presentation! Follow along with the presentation, or print it out for reference at a later date.


In this video, we demonstrate some techniques for picking out high quality footwear from a brick and mortar shoe store.

Course Summary and Recap
2 pages

Thank you for taking this course! We hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to seeing you again!

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Instructor Biography

Tyler Coody, Fitness and Wellness Director at NFCC

I am a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the NSCA and I have a Master's Degree in Kinesiology from A.T. Still University. I am the Fitness and Wellness Director at a small community college in north Florida. I run a strength and conditioning blog site called Grenade Fitness. I love teaching and inspiring others about fitness!

Instructor Biography

Scott Gordon, Run Fast

As a cross county and track & field coach, I have been blessed with great opportunities. Starting my coaching career in 2005 working with youth to professional athletes. From there I found success coaching both cross country and track & field at the high school level for 3 years before making a couple stops at the collegiate level.

In 2013 I decided to move closer to family and go back to high school coaching to have the time to focus on other opportunities. This has also allowed time to get back into competing in local races myself which I am really enjoying.

B.S. Sports & Fitness - University of Central Florida

M.S. Information Systems - Minot State University

USATF Level I Certified Coach

USTFCCCA Certified Specialist (Sprints & Hurdles)

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