Why Nike Shoes Run Small and How to Fix It

Does Nike shoes run smaller than other brands?

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This is the question I’m going to answer for you today.

I am a true Nike’s fan and have been all my life.

I love everything about Nike which is one of the main reasons I created this blog.

So I am more than qualified to answer this question for you and that’s what I will be doing.

It’s True that Nike Shoes Run 1/2 a Size Small


Yes it’s true that Nike’s run 1/2 a size smaller than other shoe brands.

This happens to be true with all of their shoes, bought online or in a store and not just limited to a specific shoe.

This includes both length and width, meaning anyone who purchases Nike’s will have to go up at least 1/2 a size more than normal.

So if you’re a size 10, you would need a size 10.5. Or if you’re a size 11.5, you will need a size 12.

It’s a pain in the ass for people that don’t know this specific rule.

Although if you haven’t purchased your shoe yet, you can simply size up.

But for those who have purchased some Nike’s without knowing this rule, they may face too-tight shoes.

Lucky we can stretch the shoe and make it fit, but I’ll talk more about that soon.

Why Do They Do This?


It’s just the way they design their shoes.

All shoe companies have size charts for their shoes, so people can read the chart and choose the size that fits them.

That means you need to know your measurements in order to get the right fit for you.

However, as a rule of thumb, 1/2 a size is bigger is normally a good option.

That’s what everyone else is doing when they go from another company to Nike and it solves the problem instantly.

But what happens if you already purchased a pair and now you’re left with a shoe that’s too tight?

There are a couple of things we can do actually!

Return the Shoes


If you bought your shoes from Amazon.com, they have a 30-day return policy.

This allows you to return you shoes in the first 30 days, no questions asked.

But what if they were bought in a store?

Well chances are they will not accept the shoe if they were worn outside.

That’s why I always say wear shoes inside first and break them in inside the house.

That way you know if the shoes are too tight or going to cause any blisters. You can cover up hot spots before they even happen.

The store will most likely accept the return or at least offer to exchange them for a bigger size if they appear to be clean.

And that is only impossible if they were only worn inside.

Can You Stretch Your Nike’s Out?


If you happened to buy some Nike shoes without knowing they are 1/2 a size small, we can still stretch the shoe and get it to fit right.

There are some easy methods and some difficult ones.

But I want you to try the simple techniques first because they don’t require much effort and can be done overnight.

Here are my favorite ways to stretch shoes.

  1. Shoe stretcher
  2. Double up your socks
  3. Freeze bags
  4. Sock balls

I go into detail on how to use these methods here.

Stretching the Shoe Lowers the Quality


Keep in mind that stretching the shoe does lower the quality and it will not last as long.

Stretching the shoe lowers the amount of cushioning it offers, stretches the fabric material and breaks it in a lot faster than normal.

So even though they can be made to fit, it will provide less cushioning and decrease lifespan.

Don’t Walk Around With Too-Tight Shoes


Don’t be the person that thinks you can get away with walking in too-tight shoes.

This is a recipe for disaster.

Too-tight shoes can cause medical problems such as:

  • Bunions
  • Corns
  • Toes that cross over
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Lack of blood flow in the feet.
  • And much more

It’s just an all round bad idea to walk around in too-tight shoes and the reason you should stretch your shoes asap, or at the very least exchange them for a larger size.

Wrapping Up


In general, most Nike shoes are definitely half a size bigger than normal.

That’s what I have found to be true and most other Nike buyers have as well.

Luckily there are ways around this if you have already purchased some and they are too tight, which I have talked about in this article.

Otherwise get some a little bigger from the get go and you have nothing to worry about.

Well that concludes this article.

Let me know in the comments below if you knew this rule or were caught off guard and now left with a pair of too-tight Nike’s.

Otherwise thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!

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