Trail shoes for wide, flat feet
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David Poston
(dgposton) - F

Locale: Texas / Colorado
Trail shoes for wide, flat feet on 11/02/2013 08:22:22 MDT Print View

I'm looking for suitable replacements for my beloved Cascadia 5's. Basically, I want a flat footbed (arch built into the shoe is uncomfortable for me) with a generous toebox. I wouldn't say my feet aren't hugely fat, just wide in front and narrow in the heel. The Cascadia 5's have worked out despite being a regular width (they don't come in wide).

Thoughts? I noticed that REI has the Cascadia 7's on their closeout outlet website. They look a little promising given their asymmetrical lacing design, I just hope they didn't raise the flat footbed on the 5's.

Steve Meier
(smeier) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Innov-8's on 11/02/2013 08:32:43 MDT Print View

I have the same issue and have been very happy with the Innov-8 Rocklite 315's. I put in an after-market footbed from REI and they have worked out great.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
Boat Paddles for Feet on 11/02/2013 10:26:26 MDT Print View

I have found that shoes are designed with a pointed toe. Who's foot ends in a point? Ridiculous.

Altra has the right idea. Their entire line has plenty of room in the footbox and has a flat footbed. I love them, and one of my feet is an EE-wide, which is super fat.

Woubeir (from Europe)
(Woubeir) - F - MLife
Re: Innov-8's on 11/02/2013 11:27:32 MDT Print View

Just to say that I have worn the Inov 315's and I found the room in the toe box ok, but nothing more then that. For more room, try the Roclite 295 (produced up to 2012 although I'm under the impression that I would toke a size larger then before for current sizing) or the Trailroc-models.

Evan Chartier
(evanchartier) - M
Asics on 11/02/2013 11:44:54 MDT Print View

I use Asics in double wide- the model changes with the year, but they are something like the 2150/60/70. I do not have flat feet but love the width- not sure if they would work for flat feet as well? I leave them untied while I hike, and do not use socks to give my feet more room.

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: Trail shoes for wide, flat feet on 11/02/2013 11:45:56 MDT Print View

Not the lightest on the market, but my wife and I have been happy with Merrell Moab Ventilators for many years. They make half-sizes and they come in regular and wide. My pair of 11W have a nice, big toe-box and don't squeeze my wide, flat forefoot at all.

Edited by ewolin on 11/02/2013 17:03:38 MDT.

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
La Sportivas maybe on 11/02/2013 12:34:22 MDT Print View

My feet are skinny where they can be called canoes but the Wildcats have an unbelievably roomy toe box.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Trekstas on 11/02/2013 15:34:53 MDT Print View

Trekstas have been great for me, with an 11 wide foot. Normally I have to size up to an 11.5 just to get my feet in, but the way Trekstas are designed, with their Nestfit, is brilliant. YMMV.

http://www.trekstausa.com/

From the Treksta site:
NestFit Technology

TrekSta shoes with NestFIT technology conform to your feet, not to convention.

The NestFIT system cradles your feet in comfort, accounting for every contour as it follows the natural flow and design of the foot.

We studied detailed scans of 20,000 feet in order to get these contours exactly right.

Upper, insole, midsole and outsole work together to provide pressure-free support.

NestFIT lets your toes spread out naturally for better balance and zero crowding.

M

Edited by bigfoot2 on 11/02/2013 15:36:58 MDT.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Trail shoes for wide, flat feet on 11/02/2013 16:54:09 MDT Print View

Try reading some of our reviews of New Balance shoes.
All the ones I have reviewed are 4E width, and I utterly HATE arch supports.

Cheers

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
Dubious Claim on 11/02/2013 17:03:08 MDT Print View

Skeptical that 20,000 scans of feet would yield anything. Feet are different for everyone. Different toe lengths, different widths, different arches, pronators, supinators, etc...

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Trail shoes for wide, flat feet on 11/02/2013 18:00:18 MDT Print View

Max,
I was too, but they are super comfortable. Try some out and see for yourself. Everyone is different, though. The Treksta brand just works for me.

M

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
Altras on 11/02/2013 18:55:04 MDT Print View

I moved from Cascadias to Altra Superiors for the same reasons listed. Love em.

Ian Schumann
(freeradical) - M

Locale: Central TX
Re: Trail shoes for wide, flat feet on 11/03/2013 15:39:29 MST Print View

+1 for Inov-8s, just stay away from the "performance last" lines of their shoes. The Roclite 315s are marginal for wide feet, as another commenter mentioned. I've had good luck with the old good ones: Flyroc 310s and Terroc 330s. They were some of the first shoes Inov-8 made, and catered to a pretty wide foot from what I can tell.

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
"Trail shoes for wide, flat feet" on 11/03/2013 17:52:33 MST Print View

Keen shoes/boots have the widest toe box that I know of; they're roomy in the foot area too. I also just tried on a pair of Teva Kimtah 2 mids. Roomy toe box, a bit narrower in the foot, but still wider than, say, Asolos.

Angelo Radano
(zalmen_mlotek)

Locale: New England
RE: Altras on 11/04/2013 17:09:51 MST Print View

Another vote for Altras. I think you will be pleased.

David Poston
(dgposton) - F

Locale: Texas / Colorado
Re: "Trail shoes for wide, flat feet" on 11/05/2013 20:10:22 MST Print View

I tried Keens before but they just felt well...too klunky and not very durable. I feel like running shoe manufacturers like Brooks make a better trail shoe. I will definitively have to look into the Altras. Didn't Ryan Jordan wear them at some point?

Woubeir (from Europe)
(Woubeir) - F - MLife
Re: Re: Trail shoes for wide, flat feet on 11/06/2013 05:30:39 MST Print View

>+1 for Inov-8s, just stay away from the "performance last" lines of their shoes. The >Roclite 315s are marginal for wide feet, as another commenter mentioned. I've had good >luck with the old good ones: Flyroc 310s and Terroc 330s. They were some of the first >shoes Inov-8 made, and catered to a pretty wide foot from what I can tell.

Terroc's were my first Inov's too, but on my second pair, the so-called Terra-shank popped out after only a few weeks. Maybe I was unlucky, but I thought you should know that.

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
"Trail shoes for wide, flat feet" on 11/06/2013 10:22:46 MST Print View

David: the first time I tried on a pair of Keens they got an instant thumbs down from me. I walked around in the store a bit and really didn't like the feel. A season later, with more toenails having fallen off from long downhills, I tried the Keens again. As it turns out, I've come to like the fit. I did have to learn how to lace them for better mid sole fit. My toe bumping problem is gone, which is the main thing.

As for durability, I can only say that my pair lasted fine through this past season and look to have at least another season left in them.

Alex H
(abhitt) - MLife

Locale: southern appalachians or desert SW
Keens on 11/06/2013 13:47:21 MST Print View

I have been using Keen Voyaguers for years in harsh desert conditions and they both hold up well and are stiff enough for really rocky conditions. Tried a pair of their Alamosa's (I think now discontinued) and they are not the same last, narrower. I am interested in their new Marshall for wetter conditions, it looks to be the same last but I haven't had a chance to see one in person yet.

I have a pair of Terroc 330's and they are not wide enough for me.

Woubeir (from Europe)
(Woubeir) - F - MLife
Re: Keens on 11/06/2013 14:29:20 MST Print View

Did you try them first or did you buy them (e.g. online) without trying ?