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The Running Company

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published November 15th 2021
You are in good company at The Running Company

The moment you walk in the door, you have the feeling that it is going to be a good experience.

shop interior
The Running Company shop interior.

On my first visit, to buy a pair of walking shoes, they were busy, but I was greeted with a friendly 'hello' from the nearest staff member, invited to take a seat and they would be with me shortly.

shop interior
It's a spacious shop.

During my short wait, I noticed that they only sold running and walking shoes and associated accessories, such as clothing, socks, caps and jackets.

running clothes
Running clothes.

One wall was covered in shelves, displaying the huge range and colours of running shoes available.

running shoes
Huge range.

The range of clothing was extensive, which would make you feel like a champion runner, even if you were at the rear of a marathon run!

running clothes.
More clothes.


Closer inspection revealed sunglasses and all sorts of smaller accessories. A particularly attractive item was a range of lightweight backpacks with drink holders.

running accessories.
Back packs and other accessories.

My shoe buying experience started with a foot measurement with a Brannock Device, which measures your foot length and width. I was surprised to find one foot was slightly longer than the other. I was asked to walk shoeless to observe my gait before being offered two pairs to suit my needs. I chose the first offering as they fitted perfectly and a quick walk confirmed their comfort.

Brannock Device.
The Brannock Device.


There were two treadmills in the shop, not for exercise, but for the staff to observe a customer's gait while walking and running to supply them with a fit perfect for their running style.

treadmill
The treadmill section.

The Running Company franchise in Lilydale is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Steve and Bec.

Smiling Bec.
The ever smiling Bec.

Steve and Bec have competed in many marathons, half-marathons, and fun runs or just runs. Their shop is almost wallpapered with their competition numbers from those runs. Many of their participating medals were also on display.

Dog & stickers.
Burleigh looking at his owners running numbers.


medals
Medal display.


My experience on my walking shoe buying expedition was enjoyable and resulted in a perfect fit. My previous experience was looking at rows of shoes, looking for the right size and finding somewhere to try them on. It was nice to get good advice and assistance.

shop interior
The colourful counter with Burleigh in the back room.

As you approach The Running Company walking along Main Street in Lilydale you know you have arrived by a footpath planter box adorned with running shoes, so walk right in.

shop exterior
No mistaking you are there.

Their shoes walk out the door, always on the feet of happy customers.
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Why? Your feet will be ever grateful.
When: Mon-Fri. 10.00am - 5.30 pm. Sat. 10.00am - 4.00pm. Sunday closed - gone running.
Phone: (03) 8201-4683
Where: 242 Main Street, Lilydale.
Your Comment
I'm not surprised you are a customer there Neil, no doubt you wear your walking shoes out rather quickly.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9506) 14 days ago
There's nothing wrong with looking good while you exercise. Makes the experience more enjoyable.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3618) 14 days ago
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