General Discussion Triathlon Talk » Can I wear "women's" running shoes? Rss Feed  
Moderators: k9car363, alicefoeller Reply
2012-07-10 4:42 PM

User image

Master
1929
100050010010010010025
Midlothian, VA
Subject: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?
I'm shopping for a real pair of running shoes. Anybody that knows me would rightly assume I'd gravitate to hot pink ones.

I found some I like in Asics, but only in the women's sizes.

I have pretty small feet for a guy. About 8.5/9 or so. I tried on the ladies' in an 11 and they seem to fit fine.

Any perils to watch out for? Could they be too narrow even though they don't feel right?



2012-07-10 5:00 PM
in reply to: #4304430

User image

Melon Presser
52077
50005000500050005000500050005000500050002000252525
Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?

Do you mean, could they be too narrow even if they DO feel right? If the shoe fits, wear it

Does the store have a return policy on runnies? If not, find one that does. Honestly, I pretty much know a shoe fits or it doesn't the moment I try it on. I do run a bit in them anyway before buying.

My ex-father-in-law used to buy women's running shoes ... he did have incredibly narrow feet.

2012-07-10 5:59 PM
in reply to: #4304430

User image

Extreme Veteran
1190
1000100252525
Silicon Valley
Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?

As a former shoe-dog ignore everything except how they fit.  There will be no down side.  I have seen shoes that fit like socks on a rooster but they do fit someone.

I too have a narrow foot except it is a size 13.  I have to be very careful to find styles or brands that work for me (read too expensive).  There was a great German brand of running shoes many years ago that always ran narrow and long.  Great for me but that is likely why they didn't survive.

2012-07-10 7:00 PM
in reply to: #4304430

User image

Master
1929
100050010010010010025
Midlothian, VA
Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?

Here are the ones that caught my eye:

 

2012-07-13 7:51 AM
in reply to: #4304430

User image

Extreme Veteran
829
50010010010025
Tennessee
Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?
cross dresser triathlete?  Laughing
2012-07-13 10:36 AM
in reply to: #4304430

User image

Veteran
444
10010010010025
Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?

That depends... do you run like a girl? Do you want to?

Kidding aside, I don't see the problem as long as the shoe fits your foot well. Run short distances in it first and make sure it doesn't cause any hot spots or pinch points. 



2012-07-13 10:41 AM
in reply to: #4304430

User image

Champion
19812
50005000500020002000500100100100
MA
Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?

Women's shoes tend to be a size narrower then men's in width and toe box.

I buy men's shoes as they are wider than women's shoes. I go down 1-1.5 sizes buying men's shoes.

2012-07-16 7:19 AM
in reply to: #4304430

User image

Extreme Veteran
483
100100100100252525
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?
I have a couple of pairs of Nike Run Free, that are the female version, no problem with them. Mine are not hot pink!
2018-02-17 2:47 PM
in reply to: faded_memories


1

Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?
I think so. There's a 1.5 size difference. I just got size 12 women's running shoes for $60 when the cheapest in men's size 10.5 was over $150. Women's run a little narrow according to what I've seen others say but running shoes like these that are flexible and have thin side walls shouldn't present a problem. Just have to wait for them to get shipped to me and we'll see.


  • Cheapest men's 10.5 New Balance 1400 v5 on eBay: ($151)
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Balance-1400-v5-Mens-Energy-Red-Red-M14...

    Cheapest Womens 12 New Balance 1400 v5 on eBay: ($60)
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/183034444303


    Hopefully they fit so I can save $90



    (shoeee.png)



    Attachments
    ----------------
    shoeee.png (546KB - 4 downloads)
    2018-02-18 1:49 PM
    in reply to: faded_memories

    User image

    Master
    3887
    20001000500100100100252525
    Overland Park, KS
    Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?
    If they fit just wear them. Many brands of shoes come in a "Narrow" version anyhow.
    2018-02-18 2:12 PM
    in reply to: faded_memories

    User image


    1139
    100010025
    McAlester, Oklahoma
    Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?

    I have a pair of Bright Orange Asics right now but have been complaining for years  that the women's models have better colors than the men's models do.  It is not just the pinks either.  They have a neons, purples, teal, etc.  I never tried on a womans pair on but if they fit well would take them.



    2018-02-20 11:49 PM
    in reply to: faded_memories

    User image

    Expert
    2555
    20005002525
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?
    Regular width in women's shoes is B. Regular width in men's is D. Generally women's shoes are 1.5 sizes different than men's. If you wear an 8.5 in men's, it would be 10 in women's. A size 11 women's could be too long. Asics shoes may also be built differently between men's and women's models, depending on the model. Some of the men's styles have a lower drop than the same model in women's.

    All that being said, if the shoes fit comfortably go ahead and wear them.
    2018-02-20 11:55 PM
    in reply to: Ziggy Pop

    User image

    Expert
    2555
    20005002525
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?
    Originally posted by Ziggy Pop

    I think so. There's a 1.5 size difference. I just got size 12 women's running shoes for $60 when the cheapest in men's size 10.5 was over $150. Women's run a little narrow according to what I've seen others say but running shoes like these that are flexible and have thin side walls shouldn't present a problem. Just have to wait for them to get shipped to me and we'll see.


  • Cheapest men's 10.5 New Balance 1400 v5 on eBay: ($151)
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Balance-1400-v5-Mens-Energy-Red-Red-M14...

    Cheapest Womens 12 New Balance 1400 v5 on eBay: ($60)
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/183034444303


    Hopefully they fit so I can save $90


    This model sells new straight from New Balance for $99.99. They often have discounts for first time buyers. More than likely the women's model will be a B width, while the men's is a D width. The 1400v5 is the shoe I run in and it's a great shoe for fast running. My size 13 feet are not going to get into any women's shoes though.
    2018-06-13 2:13 AM
    in reply to: millarg

    User image


    5

    Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?
    Originally posted by millarg

    I have a couple of pairs of Nike Run Free, that are the female version, no problem with them. Mine are not hot pink!

    Even I honestly prefer Nike.
    For some reason, my feet are just more comfortable while running than any other brand
    I have found out that it only takes me 3 runs to break into these shoes and it takes like twice the time for the others.
    I have always preferred Nike from the start.
    2018-06-14 10:04 AM
    in reply to: faded_memories

    User image

    Extreme Veteran
    693
    500100252525
    Olathe
    Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?
    I'd say try them out if they fit well in the store.
    If they start causing pain, toss them.
    Like most clothing and accessories, sizes and fit vary by brand and style, so if a women's shoe works, do it.
    2018-06-14 1:27 PM
    in reply to: TriJayhawkRyan

    User image

    Veteran
    485
    100100100100252525
    Elmira, ON
    Subject: RE: Can I wear "women's" running shoes?
    Yes.

    My wife wears mens shoes because women's shoes are always to narrow.

    However...you get to much pink on them...get ready for the snickers behind your back. lol.

    But if your running a lot in preparation for a tri...or in competition..to hell with the brand, name, look, etc. Its what fits and gives you the results you want! have at it.


    New Thread
    General Discussion Triathlon Talk » Can I wear "women's" running shoes? Rss Feed