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#1 of 14 Old 10-02-2009, 09:19 PM - Thead Starter
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So I generally run in either asics kayunos or the asics 2100 series. However the last couple versions of the kayunos bothered the top of my foot so I had to ditch that style. Now I have probably bought 5 pairs of 2100 series shoes in the past few years. Every single pair of them has developed holes where my pinkie toe hits the shoe. This latest pair is only about 2 months old (probablu less than 300 miles) and I have 2 holes in 1 shoe and 1 in the other. They fit fine. Any clue what the problem is. Should I switch brand 3 weeks before my marathon. What I like about Asics is that they are comfortable and have lots of cushioning.

Give me some advice shoe experts.
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No expert here. I would guess that the toe box in the Asics isn't shaped to fit your foot. I think New Balance has a boxier toe box which may solve the problem.

No, I wouldn't change shoes three weeks before a big race. I'd just buy another pair, wear them out and then change.
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First of all...send them back to Asics with a letter and they will send you a new pair.

This being said...if it is always at the same place in the same style of shoe...I would consider changing shoes. However...I would NOT switch now...I would wait untiol AFTER your big race.

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WOW...it is kind of nice to have some running threads on here

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My bro went form Asics to Mizuno a few years back and has never looked back...and NB do have a wider toe bos and multiple widths as well.

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I actually have really narrow feet...which is another reason I chose asics in the first place. A lot of brands are too wide for me.
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Couple of thoughts:
First, I wouldn't change your shoe until after the race if you aren't affected by the holes.

2nd: If you like the shoe, they do make the 2100 series in a wide width. Have you tried that? It may be a better fit for you.

3rd - Look at the bottom of a pair of the shoes you've worn for a bunch of miles. Is the wear pattern straight up the middle of the shoes? If so, disregard the next idea.

If the pattern wears more to the outside of the shoe, that could be an indication that you are in shoes that aren't right for you, and it could hint toward your pinkies rubbing holes in the shoes. Maybe your feet are getting pushed too far outward in the stability shoes.

4th -- Does your pinky toe/toes stick out a little? Maybe there's a bone that protrudes? I don't mean to find fault with your toes , but I kept wearing a hole in the heel cup of my shoes because I have a bone growth that sticks out of my heel a little on my left foot.

5th: Take all of this for what it's worth. I'm not a shoe expert, but I have been working in a great local running store for about a year and a half, fitting people for the right shoes for them. Without looking at your shoes or your feet/gait, it's tough to know what the problem really is. You don't wear orthotics, do you? That could be the cause, too.

Good luck! My holes stopped when I realized my orthotics were making my feet sit too high up in the heel cups of my shoes, and I broke up with my super expensive orthotics. So far, so good.

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Ok - just saw your post about the narrow feet, so disregard the wide suggestion...

Oh - and Mizunos are great for narrow feet.

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Trim your toenails.
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I run in the Asics 1100 series and I've noticed the Adidas I just got are narrower. You might try those.
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Sounds like the shoe is a bit narrow. See if they make different widths. If not, switch to a wider shoe.
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I'm going to move this thread to the correct forum with a 'redirect'.

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The new Kayanos have a different lace pattern. The laces are off center so they follow the bone in your foot. For me, this made an improvement in fit. If you haven't tried these, you may like them.
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I wear the same spot on 21xx's and have been thinking about swtiching as well...

Not a toe nail problem for me either... (I do not have those nails LOL!!!)
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