Runner finds perfect shoe. Shoe company changes shoe. Runner not happy.
Shoe Ranger matches your favorite shoe with other running shoes that have the same fit, feel and function so you never have to be without a perfect running shoe ever again.
Shoe Ranger came about when co-creator Greg McMillan found the most perfect running shoe for him, the Mizuno Inspire version 9. He loved the shoe. It fit his foot perfectly and worked with not against his stride. It was a match made in heaven and he enjoyed mile after mile of injury-free running.
When it was time for a new pair of shoes, he strolled into his local running store to get another pair of the Inspires. As often happens, the maker, Mizuno, made “improvements” to version 9 and released it as version 10. Greg tried it on and immediately knew things were not right. The 10 didn’t fit the same. It didn’t feel the same and when he jogged in it at the store, it didn’t function the same. There was no way the 10 was going to be as good as the 9 for him and he was now left with a wearisome series of trial and error to find a suitable replacement.
Frustrated with this common runner’s problem, Greg knew that there must be a better way. There must be a way to analyze and categorize running shoes so when a shoe you love is changed or discontinued, you can find a match from the hundreds of shoe models available in any given year.
And, he knew just the man who had the ability to create a this sophisticated method for determining why a runner loves a shoe and how to match this with other shoes so the runner didn’t have to suffer through trial and error to find a new perfect running shoe.
That man is Dave Jewell (aka Super Dave). Dave understood Greg’s problem and dove head first into the quest for a method for evaluating not just the basics of a running shoe, tight toe box or wide toe box, but the comprehensive and some might say ephemeral collection of attributes that make a runner love, like or hate a running shoe. Shoe Ranger.com was born.
Dave created an enormous database of running shoes and evaluated each available running shoe from over 20 brands on a wide range of attributes that added together made for the perfect fit, feel and function. Then, using a methodology like Pandora does for music, Dave was able to create a tool, which could sort through hundreds of running shoes and find the best match for any shoe for any runner. It was brilliant and now offers runners an easy way to find a shoe or a group of shoes that will perfectly match their favorite shoes.
Now, Shoe Ranger is available online and free of charge so other runners can take advantage of our simple-to-use, highly accurate shoe matching tool and avoid the pain and agony of losing a favorite shoe like Greg did.