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WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
8/8/13 9:41 A

I love the bright colored shoes but because of the width of my feet (also flippers), I have to buy men's shoes. Although they're starting to branch out from the shades of black selection which is nice, but at the end of the day, I have one shoe that'll fit in Men's (NB 1080) and one shoe that doesn't really fit (too wide in the heel) in the women's.

My choices are black and green or white with lavender.

KARA623 Posts: 727
8/8/13 8:57 A

That stinks that you had to switch to men's. I love Asics and generally benefit from the fact that they make new models every year by buying last year's model at a heavy discount from And I'm laughing at the comment about the black and hot pink shoes... because that's what I just bought! (I love them.)

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8/8/13 8:33 A

The stocking up idea is a good one if I had a bit more disposable income ;). A few years ago, Adidas decided to discontinue (quite literally) the best fencing shoe ever made and one of my friends bought about 5 pairs in his size the second he heard the news. Three years later, he's only on his second pair and has fielded and turned down offers to buy a pair of his unused shoes for 3x the original sale price.

DASHKATH Posts: 862
8/8/13 6:49 A

If you know of a shoe that works for you try eBay or amazon. If found my old new balance shoes there after a bit of searching. Finding the right shoe is hard. Stock up when you do find it! Good luck!

8/8/13 6:48 A

I usually wear a 9.5 or 10 in regular shoes, but I always go up to a 10.5 or an 11 for running shoes. I think the extra room is really important for running.

8/8/13 6:44 A

I LOVE the bright colors. It's fun!

I wear a size 7-7.5 for dress shoes (depending on brand), 8.5 for running shoes. One reason per my running store is that feet swell while running. If I wore 8.5 dress shoes I wouldn't make it three steps before sliding out! But I agree, my running shoes have been getting higher sized as time goes on...very strange.

Good thing they don't do that with clothes sizes...that would be depressing! (as long as you stay AWAY from the junior's section)

ANARIE Posts: 13,192
8/6/13 10:47 P

My version of "barefoot" running involves $5 water slippers. They have enough of a sole to protect your feet in an urban environment, and they last me about 200 miles per pair. The fit only has to be approximate. I have very neutral feet, so I'm fine in those for up to a 10K. (Well, I was. I live in the desert now, so I need trail-runner soles to keep out the thorns and cactus spines.)

CAYCESMOM Posts: 381
8/6/13 1:41 P

I would LOVE to get the super bright shoes, but my feet are too big emoticon .

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8/6/13 12:51 P

I hate white shoes, they clash with my super bright outfits.

edited to add: see profile pic for a particularly horrible example of shoe clash.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 8/6/2013 (21:34)
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8/6/13 12:24 P

I've seen a couple of runners in Boston who run completely barefoot. that's a little to au naturelle for me. While the streets are reasonably clean, there's still too much debris (glass, nails, stones) to walk or run barefoot. The people who run barefoot must have tough feet.

Most of the barefoot runners I see are wearing the Vibram Five Finger shoes or some other brand for some protection.

Now, speaking of running shoe rants, what's up with those super bright neon colors ? Yes, it makes sense to wear something that bright when you're running at night. However, during the day, those colors seem awfully garish. Call me old fashioned or traditional, my running shoes are mostly white with a splash of color.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 8/6/2013 (12:27)
TRAXINA Posts: 78
8/6/13 12:14 P

While we're ranting, let's talk about how ugly shoes are becoming! I have a model that I've been using for years, and they just made it black and hot pink. Perhaps I am not haute couture when it comes to running, but they certainly stand out when I wear them as commuter shoes with my work clothes. (City living as well.)

I have tried to switch up models, just to see what's out there, but always come back to the same shoe. As a size 10 girl, now you all have me worried that not only will my One Model become uglier, but shorter, too!! Noooo!!!!

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8/6/13 11:55 A

I have friends who live in more urban areas of Toronto than I do, and run on the city streets fully barefoot.

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8/6/13 10:56 A

I feel your pain. I usually wear a 10.5 wide and need a special insole for arch support so I am relegated to shopping for sneakers at specialty running stores, and I definitely can't be choosy about the looks of a sneaker when there's only one in stock that fits properly.

Have you tried New Balance? They generally have a nice range of sizes and widths.

8/5/13 10:19 P

I am not sure that Zorbs adctually meant running in bare feet on city streets. I think she meant some form of minimalist shoes such as Vibram Five Fingers or the copied versions. I know she runs in minimalist shoes and she lives in Metro Toronto which last time I look was not very rural.
I run in minimalist shoes and live in the City of Minneapolis and have yet to have anything penetrate my shoe soles.

FATTYBOY230 Posts: 1,112
8/5/13 7:44 P

Super shoes mid state pa. extra wide 3eee New Balance about 60.00. They work great for my wide feet

KPA1B2 Posts: 785
8/5/13 6:51 P

Maybe this explains why even in dress shoes I've been getting a bigger size! I just chalked it up to the weight I had gained.

8/5/13 4:58 P

I wear Brooks running shoes, and I also wear the men's shoe. My feet are very wide and the men's version is wider and fits my foot better. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get the cute green ones I wanted, but glad that I love my running shoes!

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,138
8/5/13 4:36 P

ok, I buy the same shoes (brand and style) over and over again, and have notice I have needed to go to a bigger size. I thought my feet were just getting bigger as I got older. but now you have me thinking and wondering about it.

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8/5/13 12:50 P

Archimedes - This was at my local running store (sorry I didn't make that clear in my earlier post). The guy was apologetic about it but fact remains Asics doesn't make women's shoes that fit my feet anymore. We went through about 10 pairs before I gave up and went for the men's.

The fact that their shoes are shortening is a trend I've been tracking for about 3 pairs of shoes now. I'd go with men's sizes more readily if my feet weren't so fricking narrow that with most men's shoes I have a solid inch of horizontal wiggle room in the toe box even with pulling the laces to where the sides of the shoe practically touch. I accept that I have ice skates for feet but it was manageable with the cut of women's shoes. Moving to men's shoes just makes the whole process that much harder.

Its frustrating to do everything right (replace my shoes at good intervals, go the running store, etc) and still get screwed by manufacturers for no apparent reason. If I had more access to running areas where there wasn't a 90% chance I'd pick up tetanus every time I went for a run, I'd take Zorbs' suggestion and transition to barefoot. :P

Edited by: LEC358 at: 8/5/2013 (12:55)
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8/5/13 11:57 A

Kind of off the subject, but ARCHIMEDESII you are so right about the quality of men's clothes verses women's. Whats that all about anyway? Especially seams and tags. Women's are ALWAYS scratchy, men's are folded oven and/or sewn in so there are no rough edges. Underwear too!!!. Why do women's underwear have raw seams?? And jeans. They all have stretchy stuff in them that makes them scratchy or inhibits airflow. Why can't women have nice cotton jeans like men get?

I rant!!

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8/5/13 11:25 A


While I've found some really great running shoes at DSW, most times I buy my shoes from my local reputable running store. When is the last time you were fitted for shoes ? My advice would be to go to a reputable running or sports store to be re-fitted. Find out what size you really need. The problem with running shoes is that the manufacturers are constantly making changes. that means if you are wearing last year's model, this year's model might not fit right. I've had that happen to me plenty of times.

And I have flippers for feet.


In women's shoes, I wear a 9. My running shoes (that I recently got fitted for) are a 9.5. I'll tell ya, they feel great !! If you're wearing an 11 in women's shoes, you may well need the 11.5 for running. Yes, I know how difficult it is to find women's shoes in larger sizes. that's why you need to go to a reputable sports store because they will have shoes in most sizes. DSW is a clearance warehouse for shoes. Whatever sizes are there, that's it.

Also, I too have bought and worn men's running shoes. I like the width. In men's, I can take a 7.5 or an 8. So, why not check out the men's too ? as a generality, I find men's shoes and clothing far better quality than women's stuff.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 8/5/2013 (12:15)
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8/5/13 10:48 A


My caluses are probably thick enough but barefoot running in an urban area (woot for city living) is probably a great way to pick up something nasty that will require high-test antibiotics to deal with. :P

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8/5/13 10:43 A

How about barefoot running? No shoes to deal with!

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8/5/13 9:35 A

Full disclosure: I have size 11 feet which make finding shoes at places other than DSW pretty darn difficult as it is but this one takes the cake.

So I bought new running shoes at the running store (Charm City Run: Best in Baltimore!) yesterday and the process was rather frustrating: the shoes are getting smaller! I've worn Asics since I started running because I like the way their arch support fits my foot over practically every other brand. 2 years ago, I was a women's 10.5, last year 11, this year I had to switch to mens! WTF?!?!? I mean I get the whole minimalist trend but do they *have* to save weight by trimming the length of the shoe? I still have the box from the last pair and the centimeter measurement on that box is the same size as the centimeter measurement on this pair's box even though its a men's size.

I mean, I get the rationale behind the whole vanity sizing movement in clothes, but to make larger size shoes in shorter lengths? What's the point in that?!?

Edited by: LEC358 at: 8/5/2013 (12:54)
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