The other weekend I went to the Asics store in London as my current 1150s were sadly nearing their end and I wanted to have my gait analysed again.
I was suffering from some soreness in my calves & shins and as I’m upping the mileage training for the Reading ½ I wanted to make sure I was kitted out in the right shoes. So off I went, and I was given 1160 to try, and I asked for a size 9 like previous times.
You can imagine my mortification when the assistant (who was very cool and helpful) told me that actually a 9 is too small?! My toes were right on the end, no extra room at all. I might be a 9 in normal shoes, but with running trainers I definitely needed to go up a size. When I asked her (in a whispered tone) “do you do size 10 for women, or how about 9 ½??” I wanted to die.
(Note: As most shoe shops seem to think that all women are gifted with small, narrow feet I’ve gone through my whole adult life wearing shoes which are perhaps too snug, so I am used to that now; therefore wearing shoes which fit ‘correctly’ is a strange sensation!)
They had the GT 2160 in a size 9 ½ which seemed to suit my running style perfectly on the analysis, but I was advised that for the mileage I’d be doing they were still borderline too small around my toes. I was definitely women’s 10, and as luck would have it they did have the Kayano 18s in a size 10. I could almost hear my feet let out a sigh of relief, and my bank balance yelp in pain. They felt good – not quite as good as the 2160 but they were still good enough to offer me the support I needed. I bought them and I’ve done nearly 50 miles in them and honestly they feel great (so far). Reduced soreness after long runs, no irritation of my corns on my right foot due to poor fit.
So now I am worried that in the future when I need to buy more trainers, the choice I make will be dependent on the sizing available. I was lucky this time that the size 10 model is working for me. This was Asics flagship store and they barely had size 10s in stock. I go online and size 9 is a rarity – let alone 10!
My question is – are there any other female runners out there with the problem of large feet, and if so how have they found buying new running trainers? Perhaps in future I might need to look at other brands – I know sizing can vary between brands.
I’m hoping that I am not the only one affected by this problem so am reaching out to my fellow female runners! I know this will be highly amusing for some but please no micky taking!