Let us stop you sarcastic readers right there. If you wear another size other than size 16 men’s running shoes, then no, nothing is going to happen. This article is solely for the use of the dudes out there that have size 16 feet, and therefore, have a need for shoes of this size.
So let’s play a hypothetical game of the mind. If you need a size 16 pair of shoes and you wear the wrong shoes, what happens? Well, to keep things curt, nothing good. In fact, you could make an argument that if you are running you better not only be wearing shoes that fit, but that are designed for running. It’s not good if you run a marathon in size 16 steel toe boots, whether you wear size 16s or not, but that’s a topic for an entirely different article.
There are two basic things you can expect if you wear running shoes that are too small, even if they are for running. You can expect damage to the shoes, and you can expect damage to yourself. Let’s start with the damage to the shoes since this is probably the least obvious matter of the two.
Most running shoes place a premium on design elements that reflect their fitness for running. That is to say, most running shoes are made to be support, fatigue resistant, and comfortable. As a result, they are rarely made with features like welted soles that make shoes “tough.” this means that if you use them in ways for which they were not designed, they’re going to fall apart.
In this case, if you squeeze into running shoes that are too small, probably the first thing you can expect is that the soles will separate from the uppers. There’s no way to be sure that this is the first thing that’s going to happen, but it is going to happen. Otherwise, you might be dealing with holes in the toe or a lining that has worn out first. Also, you might as well just accept flattened insoles as a fact of life. Match your shoes to your purpose poorly and they will not last you very long.
So, in other words, if you wear running shoes that are too small, they are going to fall apart. However, as we mentioned you can also expect damage to occur to you, and that’s even less fun than what we’ve talked about so far.
Let’s go down the list of potential issues you could face from wearing running shoes that are too small. For one, blisters, and they’re something that you won’t be able to skirt even with the use of comfortable, quick-drying socks.
Other issues you could experience from poorly sized shoes are arthritis, shin splints, corns, bunions, tendonitis, and others. There are many more that you could experience, but we feel that the point has been made here, especially since you could easily prevent the matter simply by wearing size 16 men’s running shoes.
And, by the way, “I can’t find shoes in my size” is no longer a court-legal defense. That’s because ignorance is also not a defense, and with suppliers like XL feet out there whose sole purpose is to provide large shoes, there’s no reason for you to be running in the wrong footwear anymore.
Consider this a closed case and a cold one. If you need large shoes, just visit their website, XLfeet.com, where you can running shoes in your size, provided you wear a size beneath a men’s 21. While you’re at it, get yourself a few other pairs of shoes for other purposes. You’ll thank yourself later.