Given the complex bone structure of the foot, finding the running shoe that best suits our feet is not easy. In this guide, we illustrate how they should fit, what the dangers of the wrong size are, and some tips for choosing the right one.
How should running shoes fit?
The first thing to know is that the aesthetic factor is not enough, falling in love with a running shoe without having ever tried it is not a wise choice. In fact, what should determine the choice is the adaptation of the shoe to the foot: a running shoe, however fantastic it may be, if it does not adapt perfectly to the foot, it will no longer appear so when you will have to use it for racing.
Considering the hundreds of models of running shoes and of Between currently on the market, you can choose a model to target, but never buy without making sure that the model itself fits your foot perfectly.
There are a few important factors to consider when trying on running shoes, whether in-store or at home. These factors are:
- Big toe adaptation: there must be an inch of space between your finger and the tip of the shoe;
- Adaptation of middle finger and heel: Your toe and heel should fit snugly, but not too tightly.
After you’ve worn your shoes for a while, first at home (so you can return them more easily in case they don’t fit) and then on one of your errands, make sure there’s no there are no signs that your shoes don’t fit. they should, such as:
- Tingling or numbness in the toes: this indicates insufficient volume of the shoes, which are therefore too small or too tight for you. Shoes that are too tight, in particular, can cause serious foot problems, so be especially careful;
- Blisters on or between the toes: in this case the shoe is too small;
- Blisters on the forefoot: the shoe is probably too wide;
- Finger injuries: the shoes are probably not long enough.
- Blisters in the heels: If tying your shoes properly for running does not solve the problem, the shoe is probably too loose at the heel. Choosing a narrower one will be the wisest choice.
If you notice anything wrong with your running shoes, return them to the store where you made your purchase. Don’t wait too long though: changing shoes with signs of wear won’t be easy at all.
Tips for buying the best running shoes for you
The key to choosing a well-fitting pair of shoes is to think carefully about your purchase. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a pair of asphalt running shoes or a trail model for dirt roads, if you follow these tips, you can leave the store with the right shoes for you. First, go to a store with a wide range of running shoe models and specialized staff who can help you in the choice of shoes.
No appointment necessary, but calling the store is not a bad idea: you can indeed choose a time when the shop is less crowded, or the day when the best specialists are present. You should know that each person has a slightly larger foot than the other: when trying on the shoe it is therefore important to do so on the wider foot, because it will be the one that will suffer the most in case the shoe would be too small.
Talk to staff and let them know your needsStore staff should know your needs to help you find the right running shoe. Some questions he might ask you are:
- What is your weight?
- Are you an amateur or an agonist?
- What are you running on?
- How many times a week do you train?
- Do you have joint problems?
- Do you have ongoing inflammation?
After asking you these questions, he should check how you run a dynamic treadmill test. Using a camera positioned behind the treadmill, the salesperson will be able to monitor how you place your feet while running, highlighting overpronation, supination, or other issues. After having determined the attitude of your feet, he will be able to offer you a series of suitable shoes or, alternatively, a baropodometric visit to a specialized center, to obtain custom-made soles.
Put on the socks you plan to run in. If you wear insoles, bring them to the store as well, as they influence your choice. Go to the store at the end of the day, your feet swell during the day, so it is best to try on your shoes when your feet are at their maximum width. If you want to be safer, test your shoes after a run.
Feet change over time, even in adulthood. For this reason it is important to re-measure your foot before going to the store, and not to rely solely on the size of the last pair of shoes purchased. For example, the shoe size may also vary due to weight gain or loss, or in the event of pregnancy or following surgery.
Be aware of the fit of the shoe brand you choose: each brand has its cut and foot model. So you will have a better fit if your foot is close to the brand’s model. In this case, it is good to get help from a specialist, who can give you precise information on the length and width of the shoe that will suit you best.