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New trainers & socks = dead foot!


Has this happended to anyone else?

Yesterday I went and got my gait analysed & left the shop clutching my new trainers & blister socks itching to try them out.

Today on my 1st wear (W4R3) my right foot felt numb from the ball of the foot to the toes for most of the podcast. They felt fine in the shop....

My laces aren't tight, I can wiggle my toes quite comfortably.

Is it just the trainer doing its job correcting my over pronation or could it be something else?

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If your laces are loose I would try running in them again and if the same thing happens you need to take them back and get some others. Sweatshop do 30day guarantee for this reason.

doggymumGraduate in reply to Anonymous36

Thank you - I wore them for an hour or so afterwards around the house and they were fine.... most odd.


I'd give them a second run before you do think about taking them back. My first run felt rather strange after running in hiking shoes! It did take me a run to get into my stride with them, but they're now the most comfortable pair of shoes I own.

However, if they're not, then sweatshops 30 day guarantee comes into it's own in these cases!


I have small but quite wide feet and often have problem with shoes and ski boots where my feet go dead if I do them up too tightly. I bought a new pair of trainers and at first thought I had wasted my money but over the weeks they have worn in and now are comfortable as long as I don't do the lace up too tight.


I had a similar problem; I have quite high arches and any shoes can pinch. These seemed OK in the shop but pinched terribly in real life. Turns out I'd overdone the laces and worn thicker socks. Thinner socks and slightly slacker laces solved the problem. May not work for you but may be worth a try?

I had exactly the same thing and felt awful returning worn trainers to the shop, they exchanged no problem...I have been trying couch 2 5k for threes weeks, I repeated wk1, my second pair of trainers are slightly better, but now I am not running due to knee, shin and foot pain! I am wondering if I am not cut out for can't be the second pair of trainers, but I feel like my arch in my right foot is not getting enough support...I tried to 'man' it but just increased my issues and pain...good luck and take care :)

Tiger79Graduate in reply to Inthesky

Have you tried insoles? I got my gait analysised but I severely over pronate due to years of wearing work boots and Wellies with little support. Had awful shin splints when running. Got some scholl insoles meant for running and haven't had an issue since :)

nicolaclaire in reply to Tiger79

I have to use insoles mine are from they get rid of all my foot, knee and hip pain, I have to use them in all of my shoes not just for running x


I had this when I started doing the longer runs (3miles +) & after buying new trainers for outdoors. (treadmill runner for all of c25k with neutral trainers but outdoors needed to have something for overpronating & sore shins). padded running socks helped with this for me. when it first happened I was really concerned but it has only happened once or twice. I cant put it down to tight laces but did find that wiggling my toes in my shoe when running helped bring them back to life.

good luck. x


Thank you every one - I am going to give them a couple more outings before I think about returning them as I am hoping it is just my foot needing to get used to being corrected. And I'll try a couple of the suggestions above - thinner socks and insoles could be worth a shot :)

Thanks again x


Well I'm pleased to report that I wore thinner socks on my run this morning and had no problems! :)

That's W5R1 in the bag!


I have some problems with my feet going numb during my run. I found that I have had to lace my shoes really loose - like, far looser than would seem normal. It doesn' t seem to make them less stable, and it has reduced it happening - although on hot days they will still go numb after about 25 minutes and I have to readjust the lacing. I have not yet followed this advice - but some people recommend that you should lace your shoes upside down - i.e. with the bow at the bottom end of the eyelet holes, rather than at the end near the top of the tongue - in order to allow your feet more space to expand. I've quite thin running socks too, and they seem to help.

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