to Types of Shoes
Shoes that Fit
The importance of wearing shoes that fit properly
cannot be overemphasized. Typically, your running shoes will be
a half to a full size larger than your dress shoes, but time is
very little consistency in sizing among brands of running shoes.
You may wear a size nine in one model, an eight and a half in another,
and a nine and a half in still another. The sizing is even less
consistent between shoe manufacturers. Forget the size. Buy the
shoe that fits.
A good rule of thumb is the rule of thumb. When
you are standing, you should have a space the width of your thumb
between the end of your longest toe and the end of your shoe. Always
remember that it's much better to wear a running shoe that's
a little too long than one that is a little to short. You can always
buy thicker socks, which provide more cushion, if the shoe is a
bit too 1ong.
Modern running shoes are far superior to the gym
shoes of childhood. By using a little common sense, you can make
your first or next, shoe-buying experience much more pleasant. With
a little practice, you'll find that you're able to use words like
overpronation and medial support along with the experts.
Most cities have running specialty stores with
qualified sale people who will help you select the best shoe for
your feet. Often these stores are owned and staffed by runners.
Although you may intimidated at first, they really are there to
help you become a runner. If you find a store with staff who don't
want to help a new runner, use your old shoes to walk to a different