How much space do you leave in your shoes?

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Joined Jul 11, 2010
After all this talk about the fit of the air jordans of late as well as some conversations I have had with friends about shoe sizes and what not, the question came up as to how a shoe should fit.

I have heard everything from half a thumbnail when your foot is pressed all the way to the back to half an inch in the front and 1/8th of an inch in back. I have also heard not to adhere to the "space" theory because once the shoe breaks in, it will be too big.

I have worn a size 10 most of my life but people are saying I wear my shoes too big.

what is your guys' input and how do you know if your shoe fits? Mods, please move if in wrong section, I was not really sure where to post.
 
140
10
Joined Jul 11, 2010
After all this talk about the fit of the air jordans of late as well as some conversations I have had with friends about shoe sizes and what not, the question came up as to how a shoe should fit.

I have heard everything from half a thumbnail when your foot is pressed all the way to the back to half an inch in the front and 1/8th of an inch in back. I have also heard not to adhere to the "space" theory because once the shoe breaks in, it will be too big.

I have worn a size 10 most of my life but people are saying I wear my shoes too big.

what is your guys' input and how do you know if your shoe fits? Mods, please move if in wrong section, I was not really sure where to post.
 
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Joined Nov 5, 2003
I personally love the feel of having room in my shoe compared to a snug fit...Not too big to the point where its clown shoes looking...As long as my big toe and hittin the front of the shoe...I'm good.
 
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Joined Nov 5, 2003
I personally love the feel of having room in my shoe compared to a snug fit...Not too big to the point where its clown shoes looking...As long as my big toe and hittin the front of the shoe...I'm good.
 
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Joined Jan 12, 2010
its better to have a small space for the toes, i usually get half an inch up for most of my shoes
 
461
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Joined Jan 12, 2010
its better to have a small space for the toes, i usually get half an inch up for most of my shoes
 
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Joined Aug 2, 2005
I usually get mine fitting just below tight, where my toes are cramped.
My feet are narrow so I cant size up too much. I guess around less than a thumb? Around that
 
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Joined Aug 2, 2005
I usually get mine fitting just below tight, where my toes are cramped.
My feet are narrow so I cant size up too much. I guess around less than a thumb? Around that
 
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Joined Jun 11, 2007
i like mine with zero extra space. not buying them too small so that my toes are pushing through the end of the shoe, but as close to the front as possible without hitting the end. i have narrow heels, so this helps stop my foot from moving around in the shoe.
 
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Joined Jun 11, 2007
i like mine with zero extra space. not buying them too small so that my toes are pushing through the end of the shoe, but as close to the front as possible without hitting the end. i have narrow heels, so this helps stop my foot from moving around in the shoe.
 
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Joined Oct 26, 2007
Son, there is no right answer for this. YOU have to figure out how you like to have YOUR shoes fit. You might prefer a tighter feel, or a little bit of space in front of your toes. It doesn't matter what people tell you the answer is because the answer is always subjective. So, with all due respect: figure it out yourself
 
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Joined Oct 26, 2007
Son, there is no right answer for this. YOU have to figure out how you like to have YOUR shoes fit. You might prefer a tighter feel, or a little bit of space in front of your toes. It doesn't matter what people tell you the answer is because the answer is always subjective. So, with all due respect: figure it out yourself
 
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Joined Jul 11, 2010
are you guys measuring with your foot all the way back? or just after you take a couple steps?

cause If i only have a half inch when me heel is to the back, when i walk my toe will still hit the front.
 
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Joined Jul 11, 2010
are you guys measuring with your foot all the way back? or just after you take a couple steps?

cause If i only have a half inch when me heel is to the back, when i walk my toe will still hit the front.
 
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Joined Nov 18, 2010
Always give you feet room to flex and breathe. Try giving yourself half the length of your longest toe. That way when you run your foot fills the void left in your kicks without causing pain or discomfort.
Edit: This technique can be used in general with ALL shoes. As each brand sizes might be different.
 
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Joined Nov 18, 2010
Always give you feet room to flex and breathe. Try giving yourself half the length of your longest toe. That way when you run your foot fills the void left in your kicks without causing pain or discomfort.
Edit: This technique can be used in general with ALL shoes. As each brand sizes might be different.
 
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10
Joined Jan 12, 2011
i hate when i get a shoe and its run big and i get a crease i usually buy off line cuz im in the army and never free to cop and try on in the someday lol
 
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Joined Jan 12, 2011
i hate when i get a shoe and its run big and i get a crease i usually buy off line cuz im in the army and never free to cop and try on in the someday lol
 
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Joined Mar 10, 2011
Originally Posted by MajorSneakerHead41

i hate when i get a shoe and its run big and i get a crease i usually buy off line cuz im in the army and never free to cop and try on in the someday lol

idk man, if it fits snug, you can still get creases.  It depends on the shoes material
 
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Joined Mar 10, 2011
Originally Posted by MajorSneakerHead41

i hate when i get a shoe and its run big and i get a crease i usually buy off line cuz im in the army and never free to cop and try on in the someday lol

idk man, if it fits snug, you can still get creases.  It depends on the shoes material
 
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Joined Feb 26, 2004
It really depends...for balling, I've worn anywhere from size 10 to 11....most of the time, I find size 10.5 is the best fit for me, since i double sock, and i like to have just a little wiggle room, but there are some shoes i wish i bought a 10 instead of a 10.5 (cool grey 11s, Adi-Zero Rose etc.)
 
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