Migo Sports

"Fast & Fun!" - ON Running Cloudflow - Review

It was at the London Marathon Expo this year, the day before the biggest run I have ever done, that the range of ON Running shoes caught my eye. Their stand was busy and I wanted to know what the fuss was about. The interesting sole and lightweight feel was different to anything I had worn before and as I looked around the stand all of their seats were occupied with people trying them on. They are not cheap shoes, coming in at £120, but they were flying off the stand at the expo and they didn't even have my size left for me to try on. I took a few weeks off after the marathon to recover, but as thoughts of what my next challenge was going to be began to surface, I knew I wanted to try a pair of these interesting shoes that had caught my eye.    
     
I have been running in Asics GT2000 for a while, a very popular shoe which I really enjoy running in and have always looked after me. The GT2000 weighs 312g and has a heel to toe drop of 10mm, the ON shoe weighs 220g and has a lower drop of 6mm. The lower drop encourages the runner to land further forward towards the mid or forefoot. The first couple of runs in the new shoes gave me a small ache in the Achilles and calf as my body wasn't used to how they held the foot on impact, by the third run this wasn't an issue. As well as the lower drop and lighter weight, the clouds on the bottom provide great cushioning as well as a good spring into your next stride. The fit of the shoes is perfect for me, nice and rigid at the ankle, snug across the forefoot, with the right space at the toebox. Although they are lightweight they do not compromise on support.
I was intrigued but sceptical to begin with and thought these were a light shoe that I would use primarily over 5km to 10km distance. As time has gone on and confidence in them has grown I have started to use them over longer distances, including a 17km run on road and trail today, and they felt great. The lightweight construction and lower drop is more like the characteristics of shoe an elite runner would use, and that I certainly am not, but whilst feeling cushioned, supportive and light, they also force you further forward on your foot on landing and encourage a more aggressive running style.

I won't be throwing my GT2000's in the bin just yet, but these ON Running shoes are fast and fun and I can't wait to see if they can help me achieve my goals!

Written by Michael Gowans — July 16, 2017

Job Opportunity

As our business continues to grow we are looking at add an enthusiastic person to the team to help us achieve our goals. This is predominantly a sales role based in our Muirend store, however we would want to train the right candidate to perform other roles such as string rackets, provide gait analysis to customers, personalise kit and generate sales leads.

Experience in a retail environment and/or sports is preferred but not crucial as full training will be provided to the right candidate.

This is a permanent role, with between 16 and 32 hours a week available, which is to include a Saturday. Rate of pay is dependent on experience.

If interested please send a CV and cover letter by email to enquiries@migosports.co.uk

Written by Michael Gowans — June 21, 2017

What are the benefits of getting a good pair of running shoes?

“65% of the UK’s recreational sportsmen and women wear the wrong shoes for their chosen sport.”

Blisters, arch pain, ankle niggles, uncomfortable achilles, tight calf, knee pain, hip discomfort & lower back ache can all be signs that your shoes aren't doing what they should be doing for you.

Firstly, you want to select shoes that are appropriate for the activities you are taking part in. I often see people out running in football trainers and fashion shoes, these don't offer any support or cushioning and are not appropriate for running distances on hard surfaces. Running shoes have cushioned soles, designed to act as a shock absorber on impact to protect you on every stride. Depending on the distances you are doing and the protection needed, the level of cushioning in the shoe can vary.

Your gait is the manner in which your foot lands when walking and running. Depending on your gait, you need a shoe which offers the support your foot requires to keep your foot landing and pushing off as straight as possible, in turn taking the pressure off your ankles, knee's and hips. Shoes vary in the level of support from neutral, light structure, mild structure and high structure. A gait analysis will show which level of support is right for you.

The fit of the shoe is also important, it is not uncommon to go up a half or full size from your normal shoe size. This is because running shoes fit differently to other shoes. You want them to be snug across your foot, to grip the foot and allow you to benefit from the support the shoe offers. You also want a small gap at the front, normally 0.5-1cm. This allows for your feet expanding when exercising so your toes don't rub the front of the shoe, but also means that you will benefit full from the support and cushioning of the shoe, as it will be focused on the correct parts of your feet.

You may pay slightly more to get the right shoes, but in the long run it may be the best investment you make!

Written by Michael Gowans — June 17, 2015