>Gears and Wears>of all shoes, big and small
For the first time, I decided to order new shoes online. I knew my perfect Asics size was US9.5 and I hoped that'd work with Mizunos and Saucony, too. Wish I knew better Turns out that US sizes (and UK too) are not reliable enough. I ordered Mizuno Wave Rider 15 and Saucony Kinvara 3, both in UK8.5/US9.5.
So, my old Asics 1170 were US9.5/CM27.5/Euro 43.5. Mizunos were marked as UK8.5/US9.5/JP27.5/Euro42.5. They were a whole size smaller in Euro! When I put them sole to sole with Asics, they are definitely smaller. As for the Kinvaras, they are labelled UK8.5/US9.5/Euro43. And once again Euro sizing seems to be the most reliable: they are only a little bit smaller than Asics.
Actually, neither of them is way too small for me, but I miss some free space in front of my toes.
The bottom line: shoe sizes are weird. If all shoes were labelled as '1 foot', it would be just as informative. Euro sizes seem to be the closest to the truth.
Interval Junkie --Nobby
I blame Vanity Sizing.
2014 Goals: sub-3 Marathon
Current Status 08/28: Slowly working back up from a pelvic stress fracture. 4mil distance PR w00t!
runningwarehouse.com has a nice feature that compares the fit of different shoes. It shows the equivalent of the size of your current shoe with the shoe you are considering. I have found it a big help to get me the correct size when i bought a new model shoe. i think it is called their shoefitr.
I'm afraid to even imagine what kind of vanity might make people claim they have smaller feet...
spinach, you're right. According to Shoefitr, I should've bought Mizuno and Saucony size 10...
Anyway, after today's jog I think that Mizuno might work for me. There's almost no free space in the toe box, but today's 10k was really nice. Good, firm foot landing. When running faster than 4:45 min/km, though, I feel some instability as if the foot was rolling sidewards on the ground. Not the normal pronation, more like the feeling of walking on a rope.