New workout shoes can make all the difference in your sweat routine—the perfect sole-mate can give you the edge you need to beat your best time and push yourself even harder; the wrong fit can slow you down and make you ache (and not in the good way). Ouch. The next time you’re looking to upgrade your workout shoe, be sure to keep an eye out for these three pressure points.
Under the Laces
✓ Snug but not pinching; contact with the tongue of the shoe when foot is flat on the ground and shoe is tied
✗ No pressure or pain when shoe is tied (your foot should be able to shift slightly against the laces as you move)
✓ Room to flex your toes. Leave about one half to three quarters of a thumb-width between your toe and the shoe tip when standing. (Someone else should take this measurement.)
✗ Toes shouldn’t feel stacked or crunched together, and your big toe shouldn’t touch the front of the shoe.
✓ Feels secure against the back of the shoe.
✗ If your heel slips out at all when you walk, consider a different size.