I know you are a bit new around here Digby and clearly a bit of a sensitive snowflake, once you have been around a bit longer you will see that the reason I come across as "passionate" about running is nothing to do with the fact that I am an "experienced" runner it is because I want people to get good advice or non.
Nothing you said with your pedantry about gait analysis contributed, and unless I am mistaken you are not suggesting that Gait analysis in the context selling shoes has any value? Are you?
If not then you agree with me and you have just wasted a lot of time, so well done. Hopefully only you and I are now reading this thread and hopefully the OP is doing something more interesting like running!
My initial response to this thread was:
No such thing as "fitting" Try a few on and I would suggest one of the following. Nike, Asics or Saucony. Make sure you have 1/2 gap between your toe and the end of the shoe when you are standing.
Which means "militant atheism" really doesn't mean what you think it means, does it? and my initial post actually provided some good general advice as well as a recommendation. Running is a very simple sport often over-complicated by those who are either misguided or more often than not, want to separate you from your money. I could give lots more advice but the OP just wanted some basic information about shoes which I provided. I continued to contribute as thereafter people made suggestions which in my opinion are wrong and in the case of Gait analysis potentially costly financially and/or potentially injurious. At minimum they lull runners into a false sense of security.
Your contribution to the OP on the other hand has only been to challenge me with pedantry about Gait analysis, notwithstanding the fact that you now appear to agree with me that it has little value in the environment under discussion.
In fact are you able to identify any useful information you have provided on this thread?
I may be many of the things you say Digby (although you are clearly intent on playing the man and not the ball) but my motive is to provide good uncomplicated advice where I can to help people to get into running. Even those who disagree with me, I suspect, would admit that is clear. What is your motive?