Just wondering how much bigger your running shoes are compared to your normal shoes? I have small feet and wear a 2.5 (heels) or a 3 (as I can get away with flats being looser), I bought a pair of road running trainers at the start of C25K in July and was advised to get a 3.5 as feet swell when you run. They are spot on.
I would like to buy a pair of hybrids/trail shoes to see me through the winter but the equivalent shoes all seem to start at a size 4!
I know I need to go and try some on to be able to reject any really big ones, but even if I find some that seem to fit I don't think running on a treadmill for 5 mins is going to reproduce how a pair of shoes will feel in the cold and mud. I definitely can't go for kids shoes as I tried that in the past and they just don't support my dodgy knees enough as they are not really designed for slightly overweight ladies!
Looking at websites and reviews a lot of places suggest the shoes should be at least 1 size bigger anyway but do you think I am wasting my time even looking at a 4 if I normally wear a 2.5? Does anyone know a fancy way I can tie the laces to make 4's fit more snugly if I have to resort to a slightly too big pair. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.