How to Buy Womens Running Shoes on eBay

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Even women who don’t run for sport run from task to task either at work or at home and from children’s performances, to work crisis, to meal preparation and running errands, until they finally cross the line that says, "Finished! Time for bed!"

All of which simply means that running shoes are a useful part of every woman’s daily wardrobe. City women pack their office shoes in their totes and wear running shoes from home to the subway to the office. Suburban moms rely on their running shoes to carry them from carpool to swimming pool to evening meeting at the kids’ school. And some women actually do run for sport, whether running 5Ks for charity or marathons for the sense of accomplishment it brings.

Women runners often have questions about how to buy the right running shoes on eBay. What kinds of shoes best support on-the-go lives? Do women’s running shoes need to be different from men’s running shoes? How is it possible to know what kind of shoe will best support a particular woman’s running style? How are running shoes fitted? And where are the best places to shop for running shoes? We’ll answer all of these questions in the sections below as well as discuss how to buy women’s running shoes on eBay.

What Makes Women’s Running Shoes Different?

Not every woman chooses to wear women’s running shoes because not every woman’s feet are typical of the average woman’s feet. Running shoes began to be designed and made specifically for women due to several characteristics of the average woman’s foot that differed from the average man’s foot:

Women’s Wider Hips Make Pronation More Likely

The women’s version of any given shoe will typically have a different midsole and outsole that combines shapes and materials to offer extra support.

Women Usually Have Lower BMI at a Given Shoe Size

A woman’s shoe typically sustains 15 percent less impact than a man’s shoe at the same size because women’s BMIs are typically lower. For this reason, a well designed women’s running shoe is lower and softer. The grooves that help during the toe-off are also deeper because a woman has less mass to flex the mid sole’s foam.

Women’s Feet are Shaped Differently

Basically, women’s feet are narrower. This affects the shape of the arch, the first toe, the lateral side, and the ball of the foot. A well designed women’s shoe is built on a different last, or form, than a man’s shoe for this reason.

What Type and Shape of Shoe is Needed?

The way an individual’s feet strike the ground and roll through the running motion determine what type and shape of running shoe will best support that person. Technical language used by doctors for the gait is listed in the left hand column of the table below. The next two columns describe how that running pattern affects the wear pattern on current shoes and how that way of using the feet affects a simple imprint of the wet foot on cardboard or a paper bag. The last two columns describe the types and shapes of running shoes that are appropriate.


Wear Pattern Shown on
Current Shoes

Wet Foot Imprint on Paper Bag

Shoe Type

Running Shoe Shape


More worn on the outside edge

Imprint made by wet foot on cardboard or a paper bag shows almost the entire foot (flat footedness).

Motion Control or Neutral Cushion



Much more worn on the inside edge

Imprint of wet foot shows very thin band between heel and toe (very high arch).

Motion Control



More worn on the inside edge

Imprint of wet foot shows thin band between heel and toe (high arch).

Neutral Cushion or Stability



Even wear pattern

Imprint of wet foot shows a band of slightly less than half of foot connecting heel and toe (normal arch).



In two cases, options are offered as to type of running shoe. These depend in part on the degree to which the particular gait applies and in part on the user’s comfort. It is often possible, if a neutral cushioning shoe is chosen, to add an additional insole for specific support if necessary.

It is also worth noting that some runners who log a great many miles add several other factors to their shoe decision-tree:

Factor to Consider


Body Mass Index

This makes sure that heavier individuals get adequate support from their shoes.

Weekly Mileage

This is to make sure that those who give their shoes a pounding get from their shoes what is required.

Frequency of Running Injuries

This offers a rough way to judge the level of stabilization required.

For runners who are not in training for marathons or triathlons, these additional criteria are not likely to be needed.

How to Fit a Running Shoe

Proper fit for a running shoe is similar to proper fit for quality flats.

  • Measure for the correct spacing at the toe by pressing the thumb into the shoe above the longest toe. The thumb should fit between the end of the toe and the top of the shoe.
  • Check the space at the widest part of the foot. The shoe shouldn't be tight, but it also shouldn’t slip.
  • The heel of the foot should not slip up or down against the back of the shoe as you run or walk.
  • The upper should fit securely without pressing too tightly. Note that some women lace their shoes in specific patterns to ease pressure on the toes or the arch area.
  • When you think you have shoes that feel right, use them as much as the store policy allows before you make the purchase. Some stores allow customers to run on a treadmill, others will just let you walk around the store and jump in place. Do what you can to feel the shoes in action.

Are Road Runners or Trail Runners the Best Choice?

The choice between road running and trail running shoes depends on the runner’s typical route.

Type of Shoes


Road Running Shoes

Road running shoes are light and flexible. They’re intended for repetitive strides on pavement, similarly hard and even surfaces, or packed surfaces such as nature trails and wood chip paths.

Trail Running Shoes

Trail running shoes are designed for off-road running. Their outsoles are designed for traction, stability, support, and protection against obstacles such as roots, rocks, mud, and holes.

It’s still most important to choose a shoe that works with the runner’s gait. If the choice is between a road shoe that supports the runner’s gait and a shoe for the trail that is not correct for the gait, select the shoe that supports the gait.

What about "Barefoot" Shoes?

Ever since the first shoes that looked like "foot gloves" appeared, the barefoot shoe has been raising questions and gaining vociferous advocates. They vary from the glove-like designs that allow separate space for each toe to shoes that minimize the drop from heel to toe (in some cases to as little as 4 mm) and open the toe box to encourage toe-splayed gripping of the ground.

These shoes take some time to adjust to. They are easiest to wear for those who have strong arches and don’t pronate and are most difficult to wear for those with low arches who tend to pronation.

How to Buy Women’s Running Shoes

If you have bought running shoes before, you have undoubtedly already identified at least one manufacturer whose shoes fit your feet well. Sticking with what works can be an excellent strategy. Each manufacturer’s lasts are different and running shoes have unique fits.

At the same time, every manufacturer is busy developing new designs that involve different kinds of sole, additional "springiness," or different degrees of padding underfoot, and you may want to test some of them out.

Fit is very important, as is choosing a pair of running shoes designed for your gait. If you are exploring new kinds of shoes, the staff at stores that specialize in running and other outdoor sports can be very helpful in discussing how these shoes may or may not work for you. But don’t discount the assistance you may gain from the local and online running communities. Unless you are the earliest of "early adopters," other runners with gaits similar to yours are likely to be able to share their experiences, pro and con, related to any shoe you are considering.

Buying Women’s Running Shoes on eBay

The diversity of women’s running shoes available makes choosing running shoes on eBay a matter, initially, of narrowing your options. You may want to limit your selection to shoes for running and cross-training, for trail-running and hiking, or for walking. Alternatively, you may choose to limit your selection to one or two sizes you know are most likely to fit you.

Sorting search results by price will let you compare the various product prices to your planned budget.

Get to Know the Seller

Many people who sell running shoes on eBay are running enthusiasts. Especially if you are considering a shoe you have not previously worn, they may be able to offer guidance about a particular model via the Ask a Question feature on the product page.

Before you make your purchase, you will want to do what you can to know the seller to ensure you are obtaining quality goods at a fair price. If you are shopping in local stores, you may already have opinions about who carries merchandise of reliable quality. When shopping in online malls, various review sites often provide customer reviews that allow you to draw on the experience of prior customers before deciding whether a given mall or vendor is reliable.

On eBay, you can check whether most prior customers have left positive feedback about a seller. When buying women’s running shoes, where fit is critical, it is also valuable to confirm that the vendor will take returns if the shoes do not fit. You can also see whether a vendor is considered a top-rated seller. Top-rated sellers have demonstrated over a large number of transactions that they offer the highest level of reliability and customer service.


Women have always lived at full speed and always will. That makes it important to have shoes like running shoes that give women’s feet great support throughout the day and into the evening so they can keep up the pace.

Women who run for sport have an even better reason to wear the best possible running shoes. When a physically demanding competitive sport is added to a physically demanding lifestyle, there is every reason for a woman to protect against "the agony of de-feet".

Wherever a woman runs and for whatever reasons, a good pair of running shoes that are properly sized and correctly styled to fit her feet will help keep her going. The wide selection of running shoes available today, from traditional styles to "barefoot shoes", offer plenty of options to keep a woman’s feet supported and comfortable all day long.

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