Think you need a little extra wiggle room in your shoes?

If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you might want to consider purchasing wide shoes.

1. Do your feet go numb when you run?
2. Do you use custom orthotics or a brace?
3. Do you have a bunion or consistently get blisters on the sides of your feet?
4. Are you prone to foot swelling, or do you stand for long periods of time?
5. Are your feet “muffin topping” over the last of the shoe? 

One way to tell if you need a wide fit is to divide your heel-to-toe length measurement by your foot’s width measurement. Standard shoe width sizes for both women (“B” width) and men (“D” width) are at a length-to-width ratio of about 2.65 to 1. For wide width shoes (“D” width for women’s shoes and “EE” width for men’s shoes), this ratio is closer to 2.45/1.  So, for any length-to-width ratio of less than 2.55, a wider running shoe might go a long way toward improving your comfort.

If you’re unsure if you need wide shoes, there is no harm in asking. Visit a run specialty store and ask to be measured to take out all of the guesswork.

Read our Blog post about fitting yourself for running shoes at home HERE>>>