Wide footbox trail shoe

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Craig, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. andreostergard

    andreostergard Trail Blazer

    That shoe looks quite narrow as a whole and at the toe box compared to other shoes discussed in this thread so far.


    If you need extra wide shoes or lots of space for your toes, the Ultra Raptors are probably NOT a good choice for you. The fit is decidedly narrow and firm, with a deep heel cup that locks your foot in place and provides neutral, stable footing.

    Source: https://sectionhiker.com/la-sportiva-ultra-raptor-trail-runners-long-term-review/
  2. Nick

    Nick Backpacker


    https://justanothertrail.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/shoe-review-la-sportiva-raptor-and.html

    I've also tried on some of those mentioned above and would still suggest the Raptor has a wide toe box, I reviewed them above with some other shoes, comparisons might help. I'm not sure how wide sectionhiker's feet are though.
  3. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Yeah the raptors seemed really nice shoes, comfy and secure. They are a bit narrow though... much too narrow for me.
  4. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    A mate used the Raptors when we were backpacking in Scotland. Looked good. But yes, too narrow for me
  5. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    The la sportiva akasha also seemed fantastic shoes. Just a bit too narrow for me but will probably be good for most people who don't have 2E width.
  6. Nick

    Nick Backpacker

    :woot: I used to think I had wide feet........
  7. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I thought the 290's were the thinner / lighter version of the 305?
    I have the mid version of the 305, 325.
    The sizing is miles off and information no way a wide footbox. They have a strange hight over your toes, very shallow, and short.
    I ended up 2 sizes over. And I find them really comfy, 22 miles last Sunday in full comfort. Not nearly as breathable as my 295, but they look like they'll last far better. Better heel fit than the race ultra.
  8. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    I think the 290s are a little less reinforced/overlayed and less drop? I've got the 305s and the toebox isn't as deep as in previous versions but seems fine. I just bought a size too small, and the heel slips a little. Definitely better heel than race ultras though.
  9. Craig

    Craig Summit Camper

    Hi Andre I have still not committed. Like Shetland says I am keen to try the Xero Terraflex when they are available in the UK. I found their Z trail sandal it a great trekking sandal.
    Its a bit frustrating that most manufacturers still ignore natural walking foot anatomy.
  10. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    Given how good I'm finding the Prios I've a feeling the TerraFlex will be great for muddy/slippery stuff. Will be buying a pair when they're available.
  11. andreostergard

    andreostergard Trail Blazer

    Yeah they look interesting, pricing makes it even more so.
    However they look like something you wear when working in a warehouse, with a steel toe :)
  12. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    Xero's TerraFlex will be available for order on the 12th of March for £80 + postage. I'm also hoping they'll be getting new stocks of Daylight Hikers at the same time.
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  13. Stu Sibley

    Stu Sibley Summit Camper

    I just bought the new saucony peregrines which I like a lot. I have wide-ish feet and the toebox is very comfy
  14. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    I saw these posted elsewhere and have bookmarked them, ordering direct or are there UK Suppliers?

    EDIT: FOUND THEM :p
  15. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    https://xeroshoes.co.uk

    They ship quite quickly at a fairly reasonable cost.

    I'm turning into a Xero fan girl in a big way.
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  16. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    Many thanks, I think I will give these a go. I have built the insole of a pair of my inov8s up to create a zero drop and they seem pretty comfy.
  17. Nick

    Nick Backpacker

    Really liked my Z-Trails, so comfortable but with 2 damaged achilles tendons I fear zero drop is a thing of the past for me.
  18. Craig

    Craig Summit Camper

    Hi Nick, do you feel zero drop was the cause of your achilles tendon issue? I am making a slow transition, but then end up carrying both zero and non zero shoes!
  19. Nick

    Nick Backpacker

    Hi Craig, no the achilles injury originally happened running in conventional trail shoes and then exacerbated carrying a big pack up and down big mountains. The Z-Trails were mainly used for easy walking and camp shoes whilst trekking but the zero drop just made the injury worse.
  20. Craig

    Craig Summit Camper

    Hi Nick, hope you are make a good recovery. Achilles injuries often seem to take a good 18 months to get better.
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  21. andreostergard

    andreostergard Trail Blazer

    I came to realise that my old trusty Inov8 shoes won’t last for much longer seeing the rubber under the toes being too thin. I ordered a pair of Altra Lone Peak 3.5’s so I can give some feedback on them if anyone is interested in anything specific. But I guess there are multiple reviews already.
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  22. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    A few of us have our opinions here. More is better :)
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  23. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    Xero's TerraFlex really does have a way more aggressive tread than the Prio, might just stop me sliding as much. :)

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  24. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    I'm likely to buy a pair of Daylight Hikers when the local agent gets my size in again. They have the same tread pattern as the Prio and I'm pretty amazed at how grippy it is. Also want a pair of Z-trails.
  25. andreostergard

    andreostergard Trail Blazer

    I received my Altras yesterday but they were too small so I sent them back and ordered two more so I can really test them. They're like very much smaller than the given size. They say half a size up but I'm one full size up from my Inov8's.

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