I HEARD YOU SHOULD GO UP HALF A SIZE IN RUN­NING SHOES. TRUE?

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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.

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