One should have about a thumbs width between the end of their longest toe and the end of the shoe when they are standing and fully weight bearing. If you are running longer than 10K, most require more than that recommended amount of space . The general fit of the shoe should be comfortably snug, with particular attention to the heel and back half of the foot. It is fine (and often better) to have wiggle room in the front of the foot, with toes feeling as they can spread and wiggle without touching the end of the shoe.
One should fit a court shoe slightly more snug than a runner, but not so that the foot goes numb during use. Snugness in a court shoe will provide more dependable lateral support, useful when stopping short or changing directions quickly on the court. Make sure you still have about a thumbs width in front of your toes, however, otherwise you risk slamming into the front of the shoe and damaging your toe nails (which is neither comfortable nor pretty).
Similar to a court shoe, cross trainers should fit slightly more snug than a runner in order to achieve a higher level of lateral support. One should still fit the shoe with a thumbs width in front, again, in order to avoid the ever painful black toe nail syndrome. Court shoes, like all shoes, come in varying amounts of support so be sure to utilize our staff in determining the level of support and rigidity that is right for you.
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