How Should My Running Shoes Fit ?

When you run specifically or even walk to a certain extent your feet will expand. In order to allow your feet to absorb shock and spring off the floor with every stride you need to make sure that you have enough room in your running shoes.

Put the shoes on and push the heel of your foot firmly into the heel of the shoe. Then tie up the laces. Stand up putting your full body weight onto one foot. You should have about one thumb width between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe. The shoe should be broad enough for you to comfortably wiggle your toes. It is best to try both feet as it is very common to have one foot longer than the other. I full thumb width on the smaller foot and half a thumb width on the longer foot works for most people.

If you are buying fell running shoes or cross country spikes then your feet don’t expand quite as much as the ground you are running on is softer. You also don’t want your foot to twist in the shoes as you are contouring round a hill. In this case half a thumbs width between your longest toe and the end of the shoes will usually do the trick.

As you move in the shoes your heel shouldn’t be lifting out of the heel cup of the shoe.

We always advise wearing your new shoes in your home for a few hours before running outside with them.  This is so your feet will get warm in the shoes and you are still comfortable in them.

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