How To Fit A Running Shoe
To find the running shoe that perfectly fits you, it is necessary to know the right size of your foot, how it should fit and check the fit to see if it's the one for you.
Measure your foot
•a sheet of paper (must be bigger than your foot)
•measuring device (tape measure or ruler)
•pen or pencil
Here are the steps to know the length and width of your feet:
1. Lay the paper on a flat and smooth surface of the floor.
2. Wear a pair of socks. The same type you will be wearing with your running shoe.
3. Hold the pen or pencil upright from the floor. Trace the outline your foot, from
the toes, each side, and the heel.
4. The length of your foot is the measurement from the tip of the heel to your longest toe.
5. On each side of the foot, draw a straight line. Measure between the lines on the left and right sides and it is the width of your foot.
6. Follow the same steps on your other foot. And after measuring both of your feet, use the largest measurement to find out the size of the running shoe for you.
Determine the size of your running shoe
On each step, the length and width of your feet and shoe changes. However, once you lift them up, they come back to their natural size. Which is why we advise that the size of the running shoe should be a half size bigger than your measurement and the same goes if you used a Brannock device to measure your feet. Therefore, your running shoe is half size longer compared to your casual shoe size.
To know the perfect-fit running shoe size and width for you, follow the steps above on how to measure your foot and check out our Shoe Size Conversion Chart (https://www.grivetoutdoors.com/pages/shoe-size-chart).
You can go further with a pair of perfectly-fitted running shoes.
Perfect-Fit Running Shoes
• It should be comfortably tight in the heel and to the midfoot area but have enough space for the toes to move freely.
• Allow at least a half to full thumb width to make sure the feet are comfortable inside the shoes. To determine the length and width, pinch down the ball of your foot and the toes to feel if it has enough space.
• You will know it is a good fit if you try to raise your heel while holding the heel of the shoe and there's only a bit of movement or none at all.
• The eyelets on the tongue of the shoes should be tied closely enough to get aligned and match both sides.
Tips For Getting A Perfect Pair of Running Shoes
1. As our body ages, the size of our feet change. The foot elongates when the arch falls but when it rises, the foot shortens. Remember to measure your feet once a year to monitor if the size increase or lessened.
2. There are many factors that affect the size of the feet. For women, gaining weight while in pregnancy is a common cause of having a longer foot. The foot size changes due to added weight that women carry during their pregnancy, in which the feet bear the stress and the reason why the arch flattens. This change may become permanent.
3. If your feet were measured using a Brannock device, you must go to a bigger size. Choose the next half size larger compared to the measurement as your standard running shoe size.
4. The running shoes should be at least a half to a full size larger than your regular shoe size. One of the main reason for product returns is because of the wrong size. Your foot will swell when you run and thus, you must go for the bigger size.
5. Most of us have a foot larger than the other, so fit the running shoe on your larger foot. It is much comfortable to move with the bigger size and you can avoid having blisters or black toenails and/or other foot problems.
6. If you are into faster running you should have a snug fit but not too tight at the midfoot and heel just like racing shoes. It will keep the shoes to stay on your feet while you run but make sure that your toes still have enough space.
7. Always wear the socks you plan to run in when fitting running shoes. Socks can also help you to adjust the fit of your shoe. Thick socks offer additional tight while thin socks give more space.
8. There are lots of aspects that can help with the fit and comfort of your feet while you are running and one of these is precise lacing technique and proper knots. It will surely affect the overall performance and a positive outcome.
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