Proper fit for minimalist running shoes?
May 22, 2012 8:19 AM Subscribe
Minimalist running filter: I normally size up a full size when buying running shoes (8.5 in "street shoes" to 9.5 in running shoes). Should I be doing the same for minimalist running shoes, and do socks matter?
posted by ariela to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been properly fitted for traditional running shoes (my previous two pairs and my current pair have all been in the Brooks Adrenaline family, first the GTS 10s and then two of the GTS 11s). I have moderately low arches and tend towards stability shoes.
I want to start supplementing my training with some light trail running in minimalist shoes and have tried on the Merrell Lithe Glove and New Balance Minimus WT20s in a few sizes each. I ordered two pairs of the Minimus WT20s in 8.5 and 9 to check sizing again at home, but I'm not convinced either are big enough, even without socks. The toe box is very wide (too wide?) but not deep, and I'm almost touching the tips of my toes in the 9s (without socks!). I think the Lithe Gloves may be a better fit for my foot, and I want to order a pair today, but again...Can't figure out what size. The fit is very different from traditional shoes, obviously. The 8.5s seemed too fitted, the 9s less so, and the 9.5s without socks felt too wide.
Any advice on what they should feel like and how much room I should have? Related, is the fit going to depend on whether or not I wear socks? (i.e. do I need to commit to going one way or the other when I choose my size?)
Thanks so much! (And yes, I want to avoid going back to the store. Analysis paralysis is even greater in person.)