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selecting squash shoes

Published: 05 Jan 2007 - 15:59 by dehamtona

Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 16:20

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Just wondering if there is a rule of thumb with regards to fitting a squash shoe? In particular how much room do you leave between the front of the shoe and the big toe? Do you normally take a ½ size larger to allow for the foot to expand whilst playing.

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From rippa rit - 09 Jan 2007 - 07:35

Sam - I do not know what sort of feet you have or the gait from the hips, eg flat footed, bandy, etc.   Also, if you are overweight this can play havoc with the feet when exercising.

If this still persists, after a bit of rest, you should go and see a Podiatrist (one that is familiar with sport).

Let's know what happens.

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From drop-shot - 09 Jan 2007 - 07:19   -   Updated: 09 Jan 2007 - 07:19

Sam,
if your feet hurts after squash it has something to do with (surprise, surprise) your shoes.

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From SamBWFC - 07 Jan 2007 - 08:48

When I bought mine, I got them half a size bigger and they fit fine. My feet start to hurt a bit after a while but that's just down to playing for a long time and I can't see it being anything to do with the shoes themself.

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From rippa rit - 07 Jan 2007 - 08:29

Sleave - just keep the big shoes till you get old, or like me break down, and with orthodics will fit just right

dehamtona, remember shoes are a very personal choice.
  •  If you have a long narrow foot,  it is probably the length that  is the consideration, and if  you wear a thick sock, allow for the  extra  space, or you will end up with a bruised toenail. Being up and ready to run put extra demand on the feet/shoes.
  • If you have a broad foot, and maybe the second toe longer than the big toe, take that into account.  Your foot must stay within the LAST of the shoe to get the support.  If your shoes are too narrowl (length v width equation) you may end up developing a Moretons toe over many years due to the pressure on the nerves. 
When you try on shoes always walk a bit in the shop and raise up onto your toes to see how much spread happens with this movement 'cos that is what is going to happen on court.  Also make sure, by accommodating the width, you do not slip out of the heel 'cos you might walk out of your shoe on court, and that is a bit embarrassing ending the rally with one shoe on and one shoe off

I would not recommend buying shoes without a fitting  for the above reasons.
Good luck.

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From drop-shot - 06 Jan 2007 - 21:31   -   Updated: 06 Jan 2007 - 21:31

Actually I thought it's the other way around. Once I bought Ascics shoes 1/2 size bigger than my footsize is and I was close to commit suicide on court. I felt I was "swimming" not running. I keep them in my basemnt now. Pretty new, only once worn pair.

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