They are true to size. I normally wear a nine in my shoes. I ordered a nine and they fit nice and snugged. But they do stretch a little in width ( I have wide feet). They are worth Evey penny. They are comfortable!!
I have plantars facititus so I have to use special inserts but they have built in arch support already so they are great for high arches. Yes, I believe they are good running shoes because the blade design takes more of the heel impact than your feet normally would.
A short foot is usually a wide foot. The closer a man’s foot is to size 9, and the closer a woman’s foot is to size 7, the greater the chance the foot is wide. Manufacturers make wide shoes and people with wide feet should wear them. The problem is that people don’t know they have wide feet. When a wide foot goes into a medium shoe, part of the foot will hang off the midsole, leaving it to be supported by the upper. Instead of the midsole supporting the whole foot, mesh supports part of it. That situation creates dead toenails, numbness and other discomforts.
Running shoes have three parts: the upper, the midsole, and the outer sole. The upper keeps the shoe on the foot. The midsole is the most important part because it supports, cushions and secures the foot. The outer sole protects the midsole from the ground and increases friction. Running shoes are probably the most technical and heavily researched shoes type. Sometimes a shoe’s name will be followed by a number. Take the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, for example. The 17 stands for the number of iterations or updates—it has had 17 iterations to date. A new iteration is normally released each year. With each new iteration, the manufacturer includes what they learned from the feedback received for the previous iteration. That’s why shoes with the oldest pedigrees tend to be the most comfortable for the most people.
Shoes should fit like mittens, not gloves. Shoes that fit tight like gloves leave no room for your feet to spread and swell into. That may cause an ever-so-small change in the position of one or more bones. And that small change may redirect a force in such a way that it ever so slightly strains tissues. In the aggregate, slight strains can become big problems—a runner lands thousands of times during a run.
Running is jumping and landing is hard–three times your bodyweight. Feet need shoes that will give them protection and room. That’s why people run faster with shoes than without them. Without shoes, the ground impact forces and friction against the ground will be too painful. When 3x your bodyweight lands on your foot, which is a pliable object, the foot spreads. During the course of just one mile, the total weight borne by one foot can easily exceed 10 tons, which causes swelling. That spreading and swelling needs room in the shoe; it needs about of ½” of room in the front of the shoe.
Shoes wear out, or “die” after 6 months of wearing. The midsole of the shoe compresses when you land. Then it rebounds back to its original height. With continued wearing, the midsole rebounds to a progressively lower height. Eventually, it doesn’t rebound. That’s called “compression-set.” The shoe is dead. Compression-set happens in as little as a few weeks, and definitely within 6 months of regular wearing. It doesn’t matter how many miles you do or don’t run in the shoes, compression-set happens even if you stand all day.
Buy shoes twice a year, but three times a year if you’re injured and four times a year if you wear them at work. New shoes can help you exercise while injured. Replacing them every 4 months will minimize compression-set, so the shoes will retain their ability to soften the blow of landing. People who wear their shoes at work kill shoes the fastest. They need to replace shoes at least every 3 months, or they will be wearing dead shoes.
The best way to determine one’s gait is to observe the foot up-close and while running. The observer should pay the closest attention to the arch and the talus (a.k.a. ankle bone) at the moment when the entire body weight is at rest above a foot. If the talus moves medially to the tibia and calcaneous, then you have a pronating gait. If the talus stays above the calcaneus (a.k.a. heel bone), then you have a neutral gait. If the talus moves laterally, then you have a supinating gait. For pronating gaits, manufacturers make “support” or “stability” or “motion control” shoes. For neutral and supinating gaits, manufacturers make “neutral” and “cushion” shoes.
Feet that blister need synthetic socks. Blisters are caused by friction between the skin and the sock. Technical running socks are made from fibers that are like microscopic straws, drawing moisture away from the skin and channeling it to the sock’s surface. There, if the shoe’s upper is made of mesh, air passes through and evaporates the moisture. The whole system works to keep the feet dry. Up to a pint of water can collect in the shoes during a run. Moisture + cotton = blisters.
All globally recognized manufacturers use industry-leading materials and techniques, and sometimes the same factories. That’s why one brand is not definitively better than another brand. The best shoe for you is the new shoe that fits and is comfortable.
Some shoes are heavier than others but, these days, all shoes are pretty light. If you don’t want heavy and awkward shoes that make you feel clumsy, don’t worry, because running shoes aren’t made like that anymore. Some are lighter than others but they are all light.
Re-lacing can make an ok-fitting shoe be a great-fitting shoe. If your heel slips, use a heel-lock lacing. If there’s uncomfortable pressure against the bridge of your foot, try straight-bar lacing. If your big toe hurts, use shoes shop lacing.