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We Asked, You Answered: Running Shoes

You answered all of our questions about your running shoes!


How sick is your shoe game? We asked, you answered about your running footwear.

0.5 inches is the space you want between your toes and the front of your shoe for an optimal fit.

0mm to 14mm is the “drop” in a shoe. This refers to the difference from heel stack height to forefoot stack height. Almost all running shoes fall  into this millimeter range.

The average shoe size of women in the U.S. is 8.5.

46.25 million pairs of running shoes were sold in the U.S. last year.


3 out of 4 of our readers keep track of the miles you put on a pair of shoes.

Based upon running style, shoe model and runner’s size, a pair of shoes should last between 400 and 600 miles.

Forty percent of our readers keep their kicks well after the 600-mile expiration date. Some of you have had the same shoes for more than seven years. We’re both appalled and impressed!

1914 year Brooks Sports was founded. Happy 100th Birthday to one of our favorite footwear brands! Fun Fact: They started out making bathing suits!