Getting a good pair of shoes was my first step towards training for the LA marathon. The staff at Run With Us was very knowledgeable and professional. I basically told the man what I was going to do, he looked at my feet, watched me walk, and then brought out some shoes that would be best for me. I've never purchased shoes this way (usually pick the cutest ones). I was encouraged to buy a pair of Pearl Izumis, which isn't a common running brand, but they fit 100% better than any other shoe I've worn and have held up great. I was also encoraged to get the blister prevention socks. Run With Us gave me a discount for being a memeber of a local running club as well. I highly recommend this store.