Too Tight Sneakers

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Afternoon!  Wow, I was extra-extra hungry this morning.  I think the combination of waffles + leftover hunger from yesterday’s 10 miler did me in.


Around 9:30, I had a lovely orange for a snack.


And lunch was just a sammie + salad.  I truly love sandwiches!


For once, I skipped the cheese in the sandwich.  I’m a pretty big fan of cheese (obviously, I eat it everyday… sometimes twice a day!), but I didn’t think this sammie would need it.


My whole wheat toast sandwich contained:


  • BBQ Chicken deli meat
  • Sprouts
  • Brown mustard
  • 2 bread and butter pickles


I also had a nice, fluffy romaine salad on the side.   I’m a big fan of the Anne’s Organic Cesar dressing!


For dessert, I ate one of our leftover wedding favors.


We have about 10 extras. πŸ™‚

Too Tight Sneakers


So… the verdict on my new Asics is that they are too tight.  This is really disappointing because this pair is the second pair I’ve bought recently that I cannot run in (well, these are better than the last pair, but barely).


The problem is that my right foot is 0.25-inch wider than my left foot, and thus my sneaker squeezes the ball of my foot, creating a very icky tingling sensation in my forefoot. Yes, I’ve had my feet measured.  The trouble is that the shoes feel fine until about Mile 5.0 or 6.0, so I think they’re going to be great in the store. 


Instead of going back to my old sneakers (they are 1.5 years old; I don’t even think its an option to keep wearing them), I’m trying to strrreeetch out my new Asics.  I only need an extra 0.25-inch!


Hopefully, with a shoe horn + wet wash cloths, I can stretch out the right shoe just a tad.


Has anyone had to stretch out a shoe like this before?  Is it even possible? πŸ™‚



  • ttfn300 January 26, 2009, 10:11 am

    never tried stretching them out, but those cumulus (and nimbus) come in wide widths…

  • glidingcalm January 26, 2009, 10:16 am

    we stretch skates, but I couldn’t tell ya about sneaks! πŸ˜€ sorryy

    that sammy looks delicious. I love me some thick meat!

    p.s. your painting post was hilarious!! and the blue is really purty!

  • brandi January 26, 2009, 10:21 am

    Beautiful orange!

    I never have – I hope they fit better after stretching them!

  • K January 26, 2009, 10:23 am

    Sandwiches are one of the best food creations ever! Everything tastes so much better smacked between two pieces of bread πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous January 26, 2009, 10:25 am

    You should take them back. Good sports stores/athletic stores know that this can happen. You spent way too much money for them to suck.

  • greendogwine January 26, 2009, 10:27 am

    ugh – sorry about your shoes! i dont know for sure about the stretching, but i would imagine it’s possible!

    amen to your sandwiches comment – you can throw just about anythign between two slices of bread and ill love it!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point January 26, 2009, 10:29 am

    anon – ahhh you are a genius! i called the store and they said i can bring them back, even though i haven’t got the receipt and i’ve logged 20 miles in them.

  • Katie January 26, 2009, 10:33 am

    Good luck with the shoe stretching! Now I want a sandwich.

  • Guy de Maupassant January 26, 2009, 10:40 am

    Wan’t a piece of advice? Next pair you get make sure itÒ€ℒs a size bigger than your normal size cause during exercise your feet will always swell a bit.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point January 26, 2009, 10:44 am

    Guy – Unfortunately, I did this with this pair. I am a 7 and I bought an 8. I also tried on the 8 wide, but they were too wide.

    i feel like goldilocks!

  • Lacey Nicole January 26, 2009, 10:45 am

    i’m not sure about stretching them. can you return/exchange them? you should buy your sneakers from road runner cuz they let you return as many times as you need to! i have returned like 5 sneakers to them.

  • Tami January 26, 2009, 10:56 am

    i am sure it’s too late to return them but can you go back and ask the people at teh store what advice they would give you so it doesn’t happen again.

  • Meg January 26, 2009, 11:06 am

    Oh man…that sandwich looks good. Hope the sneakers stretch out enough.

  • Elizabeth (thelongweigh) January 26, 2009, 11:27 am

    That sandwich looks delicious!

    Good luck with the shoes, I’m glad they are going to let you take them back!

  • ashley (sweetandnatural) January 26, 2009, 11:39 am

    I think we may have the same shoes! I got mine in the fall. πŸ™‚

  • just me January 26, 2009, 11:40 am

    i’ve never had to stretch out shoes before…but i hope that works!

    and i can’t wait to get up to orlando again to visit you and meghann! so much fun!

  • Annie Shin January 26, 2009, 11:46 am

    i know someone that uses ice cubes in a plastic bag and stuffing it in the shoe and then putting it in the fridge. i dont know if it works cause usually shoes are too big on me =(

  • VeggieGirl January 26, 2009, 11:58 am

    Delish eats!!

    Hang in there with the shoes!!

  • Mica January 26, 2009, 12:04 pm

    I love sandwiches too, especially ones that are as tasty as yours!

    I’ve never stretched out running shoes before, but it looks like you’re doing the right thing!

  • Trojan January 26, 2009, 12:10 pm

    Wow on the tight sneakers. I can’t wear ANY Nike’s as they all(men/Woman) run too narrow for my size 10 feet:(

    I have heard of people having good results with stretching them but I’ve not done it.

    My current Ryka’s are too big:( I have to wear size 11 in kicks but during the race my socks kept slipping, so they are too big.

    Brooks seems to be the best thus far but i love Asics generally as well!

    Good Luck!

  • Anonymous January 26, 2009, 12:19 pm

    Too tight sneakers is my current issue. After running 3 marathons Im JUST realizing that these shoes are a little too snug on my right foot and I think its the source of a recent injury (right side of foot is KILLING). I tried ASICS last year and they were WAY too narrow too.

    Luckily you get to take them back, but even if you could not, its just not worth it. You could have tried to sell them on Ebay.


  • Lara January 26, 2009, 12:20 pm

    I was going to say loosen your laces, isn’t this the same salesguy who said your laces should be really tight?

  • carolinebee January 26, 2009, 12:20 pm

    That’s smart to stretch them, i hope it works! Or that you can take them back if u need!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point January 26, 2009, 12:22 pm

    lara – i tried loosening the laces towards the toes — didn’t work. πŸ™

  • Chic Runner January 26, 2009, 12:27 pm

    I always have that problem in my shoes too! My feet at the same way. It’s so annoying but I’ve tried streching and it works so I wish you the best of luck!

  • Rose January 26, 2009, 12:41 pm

    That stretching method looks like it might work – I have never had to do that with shoes….

  • Erin of Care to Eat January 26, 2009, 12:49 pm

    Can’t say that I have – but I’ve stretched clogs. That’s right, I wear clogs.
    I love sweet pickles too. πŸ™‚

  • Carolina John January 26, 2009, 1:21 pm

    I always by my running shoes 1 1/2 sizes larger than my dress shoes. your feet expand so much during long distances with the swelling and everything the extra space really comes in handy.

  • Janet January 26, 2009, 1:50 pm

    That’s great you can return them! I was going to suggest the freezer method (as I see Annie Shin already did!) if not: fill a bag (that you’ve saved to reuse? Hahaha had to get that in there) with water and stick in the freezer. Not sure if that would work with sneaks, though!

  • Allie January 26, 2009, 2:12 pm

    I have never tried to stretch a tennis shoe…just a high heel. I took it to a shoe shop and they stretched it for me for a couple of bucks.

  • Mrs. LC January 26, 2009, 3:13 pm

    First of all, I love the blue in the bedroom! Such a soft, peaceful shade. πŸ™‚

    Bummer about the sneaks though – this sounds trivial, but also try experimenting with how tight you tie that shoe – you don’t want it loose, but sometimes if you’re tying them too tightly you’ll get that same tingling sensation (at least for me anyway). Miss you!!

  • Jessica January 26, 2009, 3:18 pm

    I have a narrow foot, but I wear wide Asics 2130s. I thought at first they’d be too wide, but my foot hasn’t slipped around at all. The guy at the running store (and his messed up feet from too tight shoes) convinced me to go wide. I think it really does make a difference.

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 26, 2009, 3:22 pm

    Good luck with the shoes…sorry I have no expertise to share.

    I always find that I am WAYYY hungry the day AFTER a long run, so eat up!!!

  • PNoris January 26, 2009, 4:25 pm

    Caitlin –

    buy NB in your size!!!!

  • Toni January 26, 2009, 5:23 pm

    Hi! I have not commented before and I really enjoy reading your blog. Anyway, I wanted to comment on the shoes. I am a marathon runner and I would say take your shoes back if you can and get a bigger size. Always get bigger (a half to a full size larger than your dress shoe). I actually wear a size and a half larger than my dress shoe (but that is me I like lots of room, but most people need only go up a half to full size). You can always wear thicker socks if needed (if they feel too big). It will make a HUGE difference if you have bigger shoes. πŸ™‚

  • Toni January 26, 2009, 5:26 pm

    Oops, I just saw your comment that you did get a size bigger. Then I would suggest trying on every other brand they have and get a different brand. Good luck!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point January 26, 2009, 6:20 pm

    you all give such good advice!!

  • HangryPants January 26, 2009, 10:30 pm

    Good I am glad you are taking them back. That is pooey!

  • Leila January 27, 2009, 8:34 am

    you can definitely stretch out a shoe. I typically take mine to a cobbler or a local shoe repair man. They have machines with tension to stretch out shoes/leather, etc.

    You might want to check out this option or just pose the question to a local shoe guy to see if they have any suggestions.

    good luck!

  • AshleyT January 28, 2009, 1:03 pm

    I have those Asics also…absolutely love them! I think they have made a difference in my running for sure.

  • Suzanne September 6, 2013, 3:33 pm

    Did you ever figure out how to stretch out your asics? I’m having the same problem. I always have worn 7.5 M Asics GEl Excel 33 2, but this time I ordered them online from Shoe Mall and they are too short. I already ran in them, thinking they’d be fine, so now I’m stuck! I’m taking the chance of having them stretched at a local cobbler, but he did say it may or may not work, since they are not leather. I thought I was saving money by ordering on Amazaon, but now I’m paying the price!

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