Shrinkage

Into another new pair of training shoes. My consistent favourites that have done very well by me for 8 years or so. My shoe of choice are the Brooks Adrenaline GTS. I used to run in Asics Kayano until I had a bad run with a couple of models that wouldn't make it past one week. This forced a a look at other brands and for me the grass was definitely greener.

I've now been for a couple of runs in my new pair, and as usual there has been no need for breaking them in. They just feel great. What I have noticed is I am going down in size. This pair (which fit exactly as they should) are size US8.5. My last few pairs were US9.0 and checking back on a pair from a few years ago that I keep for the garden, I used to wear US9.5. Have my feet shrunk. Well, the sales assistant at the shoe shop suggested my arches may have increased in height resulting in a shortened foot length. To me that is doubtful. So I measured the shoes against each other, rolling the based and comparing inserts...

... yes they are all the same size. So my feet aren't shrinking, but over an 8 year period the tag on the Adrenalines have gone down a full size. Do these shoes my feet look big?

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  2. That's funny!

    Why do shoe companies do that? Do they lose the mold?

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  3. That's odd. For years they kept making the sizes bigger. This was so the advertised weight of a "size 9" was lighter (esp for racing flats). In the early 80s I was wearing size 11 running shoes, now wear 13s (which are the same length as my old 11s).

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  4. How odd.

    I LOVE Brooks, sometime I try another brand but I always go back to the old fave. I wear Trance but I have a pair of Adrenalines waiting in the box and I also have a beloved pair of Adreneline Trails.

    I never have to break in a new pair either I have done plenty of long runs on a pair right out of the box with no troubles at all. Hopefully it is a relationship that will never sour :-)

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