How Should Running Shoes Fit? A Guide To A Comfortable Run

The average runner spends a lot of time in their running shoes, so it’s well worth getting to know your own personal running style in order to find a pair that’s comfortable and fits well. Consider the following when shopping for your next pair of running shoes:


This guide will show you how to find proper fitting running shoes for your running style.

How To Know If Your Running Shoes Don’t Fit Properly?


It’s easy to tell if your running shoes are a proper fit or not by simply looking at your feet. Are there signs of wear and tear? An ill-fitting pair of running shoes can also affect your knees, hips and back. Try not to choose a pair of running shoes based on looks alone; go by feel. Here are some telltale signs your shoes are an incorrect fit:

How To Choose Running Shoes That Fit

Getting to know your own personal running style will save you wasting money on the wrong pair of shoes. The right running shoe should offer heel and mid-sole support and enough toe room to get you through your run in comfort. From gait analysis to running terrain, here are some tips to help you find the proper running shoe fit:

1. First, Choose The Right Type Of Shoe

Will you be road running, running on a purpose-built track or perhaps on a forest trail? All these surfaces require a different kind of shoe. Another basic distinction is between racing and training shoes. Comfortable running shoes can be worn on more than one type of terrain but knowing where you’ll be spending most of your run can help you determine how your shoes should fit to allow for comfort.

2. Find Out What Your Pronation Type Is

Pronation is the term used to describe the way your foot rolls when you walk and run. Essentially, when buying any kind of sports shoe, you should know your pronation type first. Each shoe on the market is suitable for a type of pronation.

You can find out what your type is by getting an expert gait analysis done for you – visit us in-store, where we offer this service as part of your shoe fitting. Knowing how your feet move when you run can make all the difference in the comfort of your run.

Understand more about pronation in our easy-to-understand pronation guide, and learn how to spot the best running shoes for supination and pronation.

3. Make Sure You Have Extra TOE Room

Keep an open mind with your shoe size and remember the following: your foot will need more room the more you run. You may wonder; should running shoes be a size bigger than your regular shoe size?

The further you run the more your foot will naturally expand. This means it's wise to have just a little extra room (about a thumb’s width) between your longest toe and the front of the shoe. With this in mind, your running shoe should be around a half size larger than the shoe size you usually get. Making sure there is enough space in the toe box of your shoe can give you the room you need for those long runs without any unnecessary discomfort.

4. Check The Pressure On The Sides Of Your Feet

Checking the Width of a Shoe

The width of your shoe is equally as important as the length when it comes to a proper running shoe fit. People have a variety of foot shapes and widths, and often have wider or narrower feet than some of the standard shoe sizes.

With both narrow and wide shoes available at ASICS online and in-store, you can find the perfect fit for your foot.

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5. Check The Weight Of The Running Shoe

Weight refers to two things:

6. Try The Shoes On In The Evening And Wear Socks

To choose the right fit for your running shoes, try them on in the evening (when your foot is slightly bigger) and try them on with running socks. Socks specifically designed for running will vastly improve the feeling of comfort and support inside the shoe. 



To find that perfect fit for your foot, the best option is to visit an ASICS stockist near you. You could also try the Shoe Finder Tool to see online which shoe may be your best match.

Now that you know all about how your running shoes should fit, check out our wide selection of comfortable running shoes from ASICS.