On my most recent hike, I did some fairly high mileage days, and had some problems with my feet for the first few days, until I got in the groove. I was wearing well broken in running shoes in a larger size than I used to wear, wide, with an extra-deep toe box. Nevertheless nearly all the problems I had were with my toes on my left foot making contact with the front of my shoes. This makes me wonder, why do I even use close-toed shoes for hiking? I met a guy who showed me his Chaco sandals, which he is very happy with for hiking. They had a lot of different independent adjustments, which seemed like a great idea.
I'm thinking of trying them, but they're not cheap, and there are also a lot of different options on the Chaco web site. I'm not completely sure which ones are good for hiking, which ones this guy was using, or which ones have all the independent adjustments he was showing me. Anyone have any experience to report? The models that look the most like what I saw are the Z/1 Vibram Unaweep and the Z/1 Pro. The former is available in wide sizes, which is a plus for me. I would wear socks with them, so, e.g., the Z/2 would be out. One thing I don't really understand from the pictures is where all the adjustments are, since I only see one buckle.