4 Signs Your Running Shoes Are Too Small

If the shoe fits then you won't have any of the problems we're talking about!So, you think you know your proper shoe size, right? Well, if you’re experiencing any of the problems listed below during or after a run, it may be time to rethink the number on the outside of the shoe box. Read on for tell-tale signs that you’re wearing the wrong sneaker size!

1. You can’t get your shoes off without completely loosening the laces. This is a sure sign that you need to go a size up, as sneakers should be able to slide on and off with ease when untied but still fully laced.

2. Your toes graze the front of your shoe after a long run and/or your toenails are bruised. Just because a shoe fits in the store doesn’t mean it’s the right size choice for a running sneaker. Since feet swell while you run, you need to make sure that there is a thumb’s width of space between your longest toe and the end of your shoe before selecting a final pair.  

3. You experience numbness or strain on the top of your foot. If this sounds familiar, it means one of two things: either the top of your shoe is too tight or it’s too loose on your foot. A shoe that fits properly has no gaps or bagginess in the upper material when fully laced up; it should feel snug but not so tight that it cuts off blood flow to that portion of the foot.

4. You corns on the side of your toes. These hardened areas of skin could indicate that your foot box is too wide for your shoes. When you’re trying on sneakers, you’ll know there’s enough room if you are able to pinch about a quarter inch of upper material along the widest part of your foot.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.