I HEARD YOU SHOULD GO UP HALF A SIZE IN RUNNING SHOES. TRUE?
ANSWER Well, you should definitely have some wiggle space – about a thumb’s width – between the tip of your longest toe and the front of the shoe, says Clara Kerley, a footwear expert with Asics. “Your feet swell when you run, so a little extra room in the toe box helps reduce pressure on the toes and prevents blisters and other foot issues,” she says. Since sizes can vary between different brands, you shouldn’t rely on your go-to number. Instead, try on a pair with running socks towards the end of the day when your feet are at their largest, advises Kerley, and pick the size that feels best. Just make sure your heels don’t pop out when you walk or run and the shoes feel secure around the middle of your feet. Also, any good running store will be able to measure you correctly and recommend the best fit for you, like RUN Store in Cape Town and The Sweat Shop in Joburg.