Runner’s Series Part 4 – Properly Fit Running Shoes

At this point you have read how to find your foot type, how to match your foot type to the proper shoes and you’ve learned the parts of a running shoe. Now, we are going to help you fit new running shoes to make sure you have the right size and comfort. Below is a list of tips to help ensure your new pair of running shoes will fit properly.
  1. Get fitted at a shoe store. It is very important to have your feet sized by a shoe expert so you know what sizes to look for and what type of shoes to look for. The expert will be able to tell you your foot type and help you narrow your selection.

  2. Try on shoes with socks you will be wearing when you are running. It is important to wear the socks you will be running in so you know exactly how the shoes will feel when you are running. If you wear everyday socks and they are thicker or thinner than the socks you run in, your shoes may feel tighter or looser than when you tried them on.

  3. Try on new pairs of shoes later in the day. You want to try on shoes later in the day because your feet swell as the day goes on. While it takes walking around all day causes your feet to swell, running will cause your feet swell quickly. You want your shoes to fit your feet when they are at their largest to avoid your shoes becoming too tight as you run.

  4. Pick shoes on comfort and fit, not by the size on the box. While the size on the box is a good starting point, not all brands and styles run exactly the same. You may wear a size 9 in your everyday shoes, but you may wear a size 10 in a running shoe. An expert can help guide you as to how a specific brand or style will fit.

  5. Pick a half size larger if necessary. If you feel your normal shoe size seems to be a little small then get a half size larger. It is better to run in a pair of shoes that is slightly too big than too small. There is nothing worse then getting blisters while running because your shoes are too small.

Our next, and final, part of the Runner's Series will give you some tips on how to get the best life out of a pair of your new running shoes and when it's time to replace them.  If you have any other questions or comments in regards of properly fitting running shoes please leave a comment below or email us at