Saucony is a brand that is known for its running shoes. And when it comes to running shoes, getting the right fit is essential. While wearing shoes around the house that are the wrong size may be uncomfortable, running with shoes that are the wrong size can cause blisters and even serious injuries. Sizing your Saucony shoes is more than just determining the length of your feet, however. It's also about the arch of your feet, their width and how your feet change when you are running.
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Things you need
- Paper bag
- Braddock device
Determine the arch of your feet before you go shopping for your new pair of Saucony running shoes. To do this, get each of your bare feet wet. Then, step down onto a dry paper bag. A high-arched foot with leave a print where your heel and forefoot are barely connected. A flat-arched foot, on the other hand, will leave a print of the entire bottom of your foot. Most people are somewhere in the middle. But if you have a high or flat arch, you will need a special type of Saucony running shoe designed specifically for that.
Visit a shoe shop that sells Saucony running shoes. Even if you plan to buy your shoes online, it's a good idea to try them on in a shop first. Ask the attendant to measure your foot with the Braddock device, which determines the length and the width of your foot.
Try on shoes that are a half- or full-size bigger than you need. When you run, your feet swell, and this extra room can help prevent blisters down the road. A good way to tell if shoes are the right fit is if there's the width of your thumb between your toe and the end of the shoe.
Run with the shoes on before you buy them. Stores that specialise in running shoes are used to customers jogging back and forth, making sure that their feet feel comfortable doing the activity that the shoes are designed to do.
Order your running shoes from the Saucony website (see Resources) if you need a unique-sized shoe that is difficult to find in shops. For example, if you need a size 10 shoe with a high arch, the website will probably be the easiest way to go.
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