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Running Tech Center

Running Shoe Fit Tips


Check out these great tips to ensure that you get the best fit and feel possible when you purchase a new pair of running shoes.

  • People’s feet swell from morning until the afternoon and while they exercise. If you try your shoe on in the afternoon, your foot will have reached maximum size. This ensures that you will achieve a proper fit whether you are exercising or just walking around.
  • Most people’s right and left feet are different size and shape. It’s not uncommon for one foot to be even half a size larger than the other. Be sure to try your new shoes on both feet, not just one. If one foot is larger than the other, fit the larger foot.
  • If you wear an orthotic you need to try on your shoes with it on. Custom orthotics or any kind of insert can completely change the fit and the feel of the shoe.
  • Athletic socks are thicker than dress socks so it’s best to try on shoes wearing the same socks you will be using for exercise.
  • Cuts can vary from brand to brand, but also from shoe to shoe within a brand. A size eight in one brand is not always necessarily identical to an eight in another brand. It is always best to try shoes on before you run in them.
  • You should have the width of your thumb between the end of your toe and the end of the shoe. Getting shoes too small can cause black toenails. Getting shoes too large can cause blisters.

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