I measured my foot using a ruler as instructed on the Inov-8 website, and then used their chart, which told me I'm a size 11. I'm not really even a size 11 in regular shoes. I always thought I was an 11.5, but then last year when I went to buy hiking boots, I read up on fitting, and bought a pair of 12s. They felt fine at home, but when I got out on the trail, I had really sore tores within 5 miles because of severe toe-bump. This wasn't a break-in issue. Lucky for me, I bought them from a place with a satisfaction guaranteed policy, so I was able to exchange them for 13s, which feel fine. I have a pair of Salomon trail runners in 13, which fit well, but maybe I have to cinch the laces a little tight to make them fit snug.
Do running shoes fit very differently than hiking boots? I've never run before this year. I have no local retailer for Inov-8, and I know I can order from runningwarehouse with free shipping both ways, so no risk, but I'd rather not order a pair of roclite 295's in half sizes from 11.5 to 13, ditto for the Terroc 330s and the flyroc 310s. That's a lot of shoes and a lot of wasted shipping.
I guess this is all a long way of asking, would a Inov-8 owner mind going to the Inov-8 website here and measuring your foot as they instruct, and then comparing what you're recommended size is compared to what you actually wear?
Or if somebody has experience with Salomons (I have the XA Pro 3D Ultra gtx)or New Balance, Asics, etc (I can try them on at Sports Basement) and how their sizing compares to Inov-8.
The river fording thread has convinced me I *need* a pair of mesh breathable trail runners to compliment the gtx, and I'd really like to try a pair of Inov-8s.
Thanks in advance.