Recently I developed a Morton's Neuroma, which is a pinched nerve between the metatarsal foot bones in the forefoot. This is most often caused by shoes that aren't wide enough, especially in the forefoot, a sharp rise in the underside of the toe box which bends toes up, and foot bones that may be spaced closer together. Basically shoes that constrict the forefoot bones and force the toes up at a sharp angle are leading causes.
In my case, my normal width size 11 feet flattened and widened a bit after serving in an elite airborne unit many years ago, and slowly flattened/widened a bit with time, and yet I failed to realize I needed to adjust to shoes with a wider forefoot. Nothing super wide, just wide forefoot. So I need to replace my normal (D) size Salomon Solaris trail shoes with ones with a wider forefoot and toe box.
Also need to use an orthotic with a metatarsal pad right behind the metatarsal bones, which helps spread the bones from the nerve. For now I'm using stick-on metatarsal pads with either the standard insole in my shoes or Superfeet Green (regular arch) insoles before making orthotics.
It was bad enough that when I went on the BPL Bay Area 2nd Annual Pt Reyes overnight recently, I had to wear my Keen Growler 200g Thinsulate winter boots, which had the widest forefoot of all my shoes. A bit warm but the eVent breathed well and at least I got to go on the trip.
I'm 6 ft tall 185 lbs and prefer lightweight to medium weight shoes with good torsional rigidity and decent padding. Bare bones padding (pun intended) isn't going to work for me. I'd describe myself as lightweight in style, not ultralightweight.
I know that the new Montrail AT Plus will be available by late Feb/early March - that shoe has a wide forefoot and toe box and is supposed to be like the Montrail Hardrock 08. The shoe is supposed to have good torsional rigidity and padding and looks like a great replacement shoe for me.
Which other brands and shoe models, such as innov8, would you recommend?