> Recently I went into a women's running store to buy a new pair of running
> shoes and, as usual, had trouble finding a pair that were wide enough. I commented
> to the clerk that maybe I would go look at men's running shoes so I could
> find a wider pair and she told me that women should not wear men's
> running shoes because women needed a different kind of foot support.
> Question: Is there any validity to this comment? Do women's feet REALLY
> require a different type of support from men's feet? Doesn't sound too
> logical to me, but I thought I'd see what other people think.
I doubt it. Most women's running shoes are just scaled-down versions of
men's running shoes. Also, You were in a *women's* running store - I bet
if the store sold men's shoes, she would gladly have sold you men's shoes.
I have the same problem you do (wide feet, narrow shoes) and I (well, my feet)
need a lot of support. After a stress fracture kept me from running for
six weeks, I finally broke down and went to a local running store and paid
the big bucks (i.e., shoes at full price) to have someone who knew what
they were doing help me select a pair of shoes. I ended up with a pair of
men's shoes on their recommendation. It's been three months (~25 miles/week)
so far, and they've worked out great. As an added bonus, the shoes last longer
because they're built for heavier people (I used to break down shoes at less
than 300 miles, and I don't weigh *that* much!). My advice - go for the men's