“What size shoe do you wear?” can sound like a straightforward question that is often answered with a simple number. But there are many factors that determine a perfect shoe fit. Finding the right size shoe is critical to getting the most comfort and performance out of a running or hiking shoe.
Shoe length is indicated by a number and shoe width is indicated by a letter. These sizes can fit differently between manufacturers and even brands, so don’t be surprised if a size 7 in one brand fits differently than a size 7 from a different brand. There are also several other variables to consider:
- Foot swelling – based on activity
- Socks – size and thickness of socks can affect shoe fit
- Orthotics/inserts – these often take up more space
- Lacing – tightness and other factors affect fit
Each of these considerations will be covered in the following videos