Do Your Running Shoes Fit You?

Running shoes
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One of the best things about running is that, unlike many other sports and activities, it requires almost no equipment to do. All you need is a pair of running shoes and you can do it. However, your shoes are crucial because the wrong shoes, or shoes that fit the wrong way, can make or break your run. So how do you know if your running shoes fit you properly? Here are some things to consider.

First, your shoe should fit snugly in the heel and midfoot. However, your toes should have a little bit of wiggle room.

When you stand up, you can check to see if the shoe fits by pressing your thumb around your toes. Ideally, there will be about a half to a full thumb’s width of space.

Another good test is to hold the back of your shoe and try to raise your heel. It shouldn’t move too much.

However, the best tip of all is to go to a good running store with a knowledgeable staff and ask them to help fit you for a running shoe, or even just to check if the one you already have fits you.