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Do Nike shoes run really small?

Asked by DrasticDreamer (23988points) May 30th, 2014

I’m in need of a good walking/running shoe so I was browsing the Nike website and realized that, according to their website, I’d wear a size 9 in women’s. It shocked me because I’m typically a 7.5 to 8, depending, but definitely never a 9 – because that would just be way too big, usually.

I know my best bet is to actually try some on, but in this case, that’s not going to happen. So, if you’re pretty familiar with Nike shoes and sizing, do they really run that small?

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dxs's avatar

Not mine. I’m about a size 10 and I have pairs ranging from 9.5 all the way to 11 and they all fit me.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@dxs So basically it would be a really bad idea to try to buy a pair online, even more so than other shoes? Sigh.

dxs's avatar

I have two pairs of running shoes from Nike (I know I have too many shoes), one is either size 10 or 10.5 and one is size 11 and they both fit fine. I just measured my feet and they’re 28 centimeters. According to Nike’s shoe size chart, I’m a size 10. You can try this for your feet and see what comes up.

majorrich's avatar

I have some Nike golf shoes, they tend to run a little narrow for me.

pleiades's avatar

Not for me. I’m 8.5 across the board with most my shoes

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Hm. I guess I’ll either have to risk it or just try to get a different brand altogether. Looking online, it seems as though a lot of people think they run small, so now I really have no idea.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@dxs According to that, I’d be a UK size 6, which in US sizes would be 9. So weird. I’ve never worn a size 9 before. I’m baffled.

Judi's avatar

If you buy them from zappos you can return them for free. You can even buy two or three sizes and return the ones that don’t fit.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@Judi That definitely doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

marinelife's avatar

That has not been my experience.

zenvelo's avatar

Nike shoes run narrow. I cannot get into their widest shoe, even by going up a full size. As a shoe salesman at Nordstrom told me once, “you don’t have a Nike foot.”

There ae lots of alternatives that are just as good as Nike, an they fit your foot better, which is much more important than having the “right” style. Check out New Balance, Asics, or even Ecco.

gailcalled's avatar

Saucony and Merrill walking/running shoes run very short; I have to buy up a full woman’s size in both lines. Luckily I got my last pair in a real store and was fitted.

JLeslie's avatar

My experience is they are narrower than other brands. I can’t wear Nike.

pleiades's avatar

Ok I will agree with @zenvelo but I always felt that’s because they eliminate useless surface space when it comes to snugging your feet and providing comfort for the work out. Actually, I have the Nike Free 5.0 (runner) and they are a bit wider at the front compared to my Internationalist (casual shoes)

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@zenvelo I checked out New Balance, Asics, Merrell, Saucony, etc., and I’m definitely, according to their sizing charts, not a 9. So honestly, I’m not sure how Nike sizes, because I’m always either a 7.5 or 8 depending on the shoe. I also just asked a Nike rep if their shoes were good for people with mid to high arches and she said no, I’d need to buy inserts. So I think I’m steering clear of Nike.

hearkat's avatar

It’s been several years since I’ve tried on Nike’s but the did always run small and they do not have good arch support.

The best option would be to go to a store, like the one near us called Road Runners, where they measure your arch and stride and tailor the recommendations to your biology and intended activities. I have foot problems associated with my Rheumatic Auto-immune disease, which includes falling arches and plantar fasciitis. I have found Vionic and Dansko shoes to be the best support for my feet.

I also wear between a 7.5–8 and Dansko uses Euro sizing, and I’m between a 38–39 with them. For inserts, Vionic has the Orthaheel inserts and I also use ProFoot inserts for arch or plantar fasciitis support – the ⅔-¾ length inserts seem the best for arches.

tranquilsea's avatar

I have had nike shoes now and again and I find that it really all depends on the particular shoe. One nike shoe may fit fine and the next not at all.

I am very particular with fit because I don’t like anything bugging me when I walk/run.

gailcalled's avatar

I try to use the European sizing for these walkikng shoes. A 10.5 would be a good fit, but the American manufacturers, in their wisdom, stop making women’s half-sizes for 10’s and up. I aim for a European 42.

majorrich's avatar

In younger days, my sport was backpacking and light mountaineering. I was told that boots are made on a ‘last’ that is the model of the foot the boot is designed to fit. Once I found a pair of boots that fit my feet right, I bought an extra pair and stayed with that brand through 25 years of hiking and never had a problem. I happen to have a low arch and narrow feet, so it took a couple of days at the store. I couldn’t afford Limmer’s which are custom made to your feet (the Rolls Royce of boot) but I came pretty close in fit. I wonder if training shoes are made the same way? If so, once you find a maker that uses a last that fits your feet, I would stick with it unless your feet change.
My Father put it best, “God only gave you two feet to last you your whole life, you have to take care of them so they last”

Pandora's avatar

When it comes to sneakers, I never order online. I have to try them on. Even under the same designer, a lot of the sneakers don’t fit the same. Especially since most people are looking for comfort when it comes to running shoes. I must try on at least about 25 sneakers or more before settling for the most comfortable one in the bunch. You want real comfort and great support in your sneakers. Sometimes I will settle an buy an expensive brand because I am tired of shopping and it was the most comfortable. Later I will find a cheap sneaker that is way more comfortable with great support. I will then wear it to death because I hate shopping for sneakers. But I think I would hate having to go back and forth to the post office.

Rollercoaster's avatar

Try on at a shop and buy online?

Most shops will try to match the online price if you ask.

Buttonstc's avatar

I have a wide foot and usually have to take an extra size or two just to avoid the pinch of narrow shoes. I have yet to find a Nike of any style which are not too narrow.

I’ve had the most luck with New Balance. They’re generally cut wider and I think they’re better quality than Nike fwiw.

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