We prefer a thumb's length of space in our running shoes, but we want a snug fit in our spikes, thus you may need to go half or full size down from your running shoes. We will custom fit your spikes to ensure that they are the correct size for your foot.
Spikes are designed to cut into the ground to provide better traction on snow and ice, so it makes sense that they would be larger than normal shoes. The thickness of the spike should be enough to give you good traction without being so large that they hurt your feet after walking for hours at a time.
If you're not sure about sizes, we recommend going with what feels right rather than what fits perfectly. That way if someone else has to wear your shoes - like a child or pet - they'll be comfortable too!
The best way to determine how many spikes you need is by measuring your feet. Get a piece of string and wrap it around your foot just above your shoe line. Mark where it crosses the string with a pen or marker. This represents the length of your foot and you can order spikes based on this number.
You should also measure your shoe size. Find a ruler and measure across the top of one shoe (make sure it's not the right shoe), then record the number. Repeat with the other shoe and add the two numbers together. This is your spike size.
The spikes should be a snugger fit than your running shoes, but as I keep emphasizing, it all depends on the individual. If you like greater space, I'd recommend no more than a thumbnail of space in front of the big toe. That way you can still run in regular shoes if you want to wear something else or if one of the spikes gets bent out of shape.
There are two types of running spikes: molded and welded. Molded spikes are plastic pieces with holes that are placed in front of the shoe to give your foot extra support. They usually come in pairs and are held in place by suction. These are my favorite type of running spike because they're easy to put on and take off while running. The only downside is that they don't last forever so you may need to replace them periodically.
Welded spikes are metal plates with holes that are attached to the sole of the shoe. Because they're heavier than molded spikes, they provide better traction when running on surfaces such as asphalt or gravel. They're also less likely to break off when running over rough terrain. Some people prefer welded spikes because they feel they give your feet protection from other objects that might be lying on the ground.
Spikes are available for most types of footwear including cross-trainers, hiking boots, and martial arts shoes.
How Should Your Spikes Fit? Spikes for sprinting, leaping, and throwing should fit like a glove. They'll be tight and offer a narrow fit. Your toes should reach the end of the shoes without being pressed against them. If they can't reach, then your shoes are too small.
Spikes for walking are usually more flexible and have a higher heel to width ratio. They may also have a metal plate attached to the bottom that provides stability while making the shoe look more aggressive.
Spikes for snowboarding or skiing should fit like a boot. They should lock your foot in place so it doesn't come off the spike when you turn or jump down hills. The upper part of the shoe should cover the top of your foot with enough room for your toes to bend up towards the sky.
If you don't know what type of fit you need, take your old shoes to a specialty store to have them repaired or replaced. Or, if you don't want to spend the money on buying new shoes, go online and search for "minimalist running shoe" or something similar. There are many different brands out there that make quality products at affordable prices.
Sprint spikes should be tight yet not squeezing your toes. You don't want any extra space in your spikes since it will cause you to lose power and speed when racing. The spikes should be tighter than your regular sports shoes, but not so tight that they are unpleasant. If you get blisters or pain while wearing sprint spikes, then they are too tight.
Spikes are also called "soles" for good reason: They provide your feet with much-needed support as you charge down the track. It is important that you buy sprint spikes that are properly fitted to your foot; if they are too big, they will cause you problems such as pain and blisters.
Spikes are a necessary component for successful sprinting, and they should be bought through a reputable company. Make sure that you try on several pairs of sprint spikes before making a purchase so that you find ones that fit properly and feel comfortable on your feet.