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« on: January 26, 2012, 10:53:33 PM »

Hi all!

I'm a new forum member, but not new to VFFs - I've been wearing them for almost two years now, and they have been the only shoe I've worn for my physical activity in that time - thats included running, gym and obstacle course races. I started with some KSOs, switched to Bikila's for road running, just got some Komodo's for the gym.

I'm here because I'm looking to replace my KSOs with something new - they were relegated to racing, and I do obstacle course racing primarily (Spartan, Warrior Dash and others - I've done 10 so far between 5 and 10k). Last race I did, I almost broke my toe when I slipped down a steep hill in the KSOs and smashed into a tree stump.

So, now I've signed up for the 12 mile Tough Mudder, and it's on a ski slope, so I think I want to get something with a bit more structure to it. I'm shopping for a minimalist style, trail suitable (but road capable) shoe. Just like most minimalist runners, I have pretty wide feet, which makes life a bit tough.

I just returned a pair of Inov-8 Roclite 285's - loved the shoe, but they were too narrow. The wider, but bigger 295's will be too much - not road capable.
I'm looking to replace them with a pair of Merrell Trail Gloves, or NB Minimus shoes - but I'm struggling. youtube reviews say the trail glove is narrow. The Minimus is about to have an upgrade to get zero drop.

Thoughts? Recommendation?
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2012, 12:00:32 AM »

Welcome!  The search function can be your friend. Wink  If you search on the models you listed or check the home page you will find a wealth of information as Justin has reviewed many other options as well as others on the site.  Personally, I've found the Merrell's and NB's too narrow for my wide feet.....  Good luck and welcome

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2012, 02:03:18 AM »

I have mutant wide feet, but have had great results with the Bikila LS.  I ran four half marathons in them, three of which were trail runs.  Lately, I've been running in the VivoBarefoot Evo IIs.  After 50 miles in them, I really like them a lot and they work great for my wide feet.  I'm likely to stick with them instead of the Bikilas from now on.

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012, 01:45:43 PM »

I have the Evo II also and I agree, they are quite wide and have great ground feel, so I am guessing the trail version from VIVOBAREFOOT must be similar.

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2012, 02:19:52 PM »

Oddly enough, I find my NB Minimus Trails and Merrell Pace Gloves quite comfy with plenty of space (I seem to be one of the few to feel this way, tho).  I just got my running partner fitted, and he has strangely wide feet (they don't look it, tho), and of all the shoes he has tried on so far, the Merrell Trail Glove was the roomiest for him (he just bought the NB Minimus Trail Multisport and found them quite comfy as well). I think the issue is, while the toebox is nice, the mid-section narrows a little too much.  Even I noticed this, but with a few wearings, I do not feel it at all, as the shoes will stretch and comform to your feet.

As was stated before, I highly recommend the reviews that Justin, Tim, Robert & Co write - you get a great idea of how the shoe fits, how it performs, etc.  The shoes I bought were because of these wonderful reviews. Vivobarefoot just came out with the Neo Trail, so that might be something to look into if the NB Trails or Merrells are too narrow for you.

But if possible, try on as many minimalist shoes as you can so see what ones fit the best - you will be surprised. If that is difficult to do (it may be hard to find stores that carry some of the more "rare" minimalist shoes, ie, non-Nike Frees and the like), then find some online - most online retailers have good return/exchange procedures.

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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012, 11:57:11 AM »

Welcome PCJ!

I was just looking at the Merrell US site and see that they offer Trail Gloves in wide widths now.

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