CannondaleKid wrote:Last bonus... I no longer worry about losing nails on the downhills, no more blisters under the toenails. I just bought Teva's that are slightly long and no worries.
If you haven't already, then check out this HAZ article on Boots.
My 2cents. GOOD FITTING
If you are considering trailrunners or boots, before you buy,
1) measure your foot sitting and standing. One foot may "flex" more than the other and this might affect your fitting.
2) SOCKS. Get good socks. When you try on trailrunners or boots, use the socks in which you will hike. I won't get into the "controversy" over socks with sandals.
a) I've found that I need double socks for the distances I like to hike. Friction (& sweat) causes blisters and double socks solves this for me.
b) Hope I don't bore you, but I feel I need to share this personal anecdote as a warning - my wife bought expensive golf shoes in the same size as her workout shoes. But the socks she wears for golf are different from the socks she wear for workouts. After losing both big toes, she bought new shoes 1/2 size longer and has been very happy ever since. (and after 6 months had re-grown her toenails).
3) Make sure you have room in the toebox. Good stores like REI, AZ Hiking Shack, Summithut etc have a sloped ramp where you can try to jam your toes to the front of the trailrunner/shoe/ (teva
4) Make sure the heel is tight enough but not too tight.
5) seriously consider buying sole inserts. Because my left foot "flexes" more, I wear good inserts.