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Discussion: shoes for wide feet

in: Adventure Racing; General

May 31, 2019 4:18 PM # 
Just went to buy my trusty New Balance Leadvilles and saw they are no longer being made. Then I looked at Innov-8 and it appears their line is all new (Graphene technology! worth $150-160?). Can anyone recommend tough shoes built to withstand bushwhacking for wider feet? Most shoes out there (Salomon, La Sportiva, most Innov-8s) are way too narrow for my bear claws to fit in comfortably.
May 31, 2019 5:30 PM # 
I've been wearing Topo Terraventure shoes for a little while now. Less blackened toenails due to the hugely wide toe box. The original model had a few issues, but the new Topo Terraventure 2 addressed them all. I've only wore them for one full race, but they help up rather well.
May 31, 2019 6:08 PM # 
Nike Wildhorse 4 if you can find
it is wider than Altra Lone Peaks, more durable, and 10m drop.
If you are not used to a lower drop and you switch from 7-10+ to <5 you risk ending your season -or next few seasons - with achilles tendonitis.

Topo Ultraventure is 5mm, Hoka-like sole and wide forefoot. Not enough people talk about the value of Hokas wide foorprint on sand or boggy surface. Huge advantage.
May 31, 2019 6:53 PM # 
Altras and Hokas are too narrow for me, unfortunately. I get pinched at the front of my arch and develop blisters and foot pain within minutes of wearing them. I'll check to see if I can find the Topos and Nike Wildhorses anywhere - thanks for the tips!
May 31, 2019 8:25 PM # 
I have wide feet and the La Sportiva Ultra Raptors are good. Also Scott Kinabalu.
May 31, 2019 8:29 PM # 
I’ll second the Topos. Terraventure 2 and Ultraventure have the new excellent tread.
I use the Terraventure 2 for more technical runs, and the Ultraventure for longer ones.

Altras fit me well but the zero drop hurt my achilles. These Topos are perfect for me.

I haven’t done heavy bushwhacking in them yet so can’t vouch for toughness. They are fairly light, so maybe not super-tough.

PS I had 2 pairs of Leadvilles and liked them, but these are better.
Jun 1, 2019 9:27 PM # 
Benoit is a Topo ambassador and posted this:

$40 OFF with promo code: SUPERDAD40

Purchase any Men’s shoe $150 & up at and receive $40 OFF. Valid June 1-30 2019. No rain checks. While supplies last.
Jun 2, 2019 11:33 PM # 
Thanks to all, glad I asked as I will definitely use that coupon!
Jun 3, 2019 1:21 PM # 
Can anyone comment on the drainage/meshiness of these models?
Jun 3, 2019 9:04 PM # 
Goose was running this weekend in a pair of Arcteryx Norvan LD which he said are wide, and Arcteryx has a reputation for durability.
Jun 4, 2019 3:35 AM # 
Aha, MHTrailVet, another Leadville-wearer. FYI, I ordered a bunch of shoes from Zappos so I could try them on, including the Summit Unknown and the KOM. The KOMs felt weird to me but Summit Unknowns fit like gloves.

Ordering the Topos tonight - I'll be going through a lot of shoes this season :)
Jun 4, 2019 10:01 AM # 
I wore the Leadvilles for a short time a few years back. Whenever they got when, they felt like bricks on my feet. The Topos are not nearly as swampy. I wore a pair for the treks at the 2 Rivers and never felt weighed down by them.
Jun 4, 2019 12:40 PM # 
Well that's an endorsement, considering the Topos spent quite a bit of time underwater in that first section, as I recall...
Jun 4, 2019 2:54 PM # 
They may have gotten a splash here or there...
Jun 4, 2019 3:03 PM # 
I'm sure StrongMachine wouldn't send us through any wet areas, so my Leadvilles are probably okay for one more race.
Jun 5, 2019 1:13 PM # 
Oh you'll be fine, a pair of Five Fingers will do.
Jun 14, 2019 1:07 AM # 
On the TopoAthletic website and looking to buy some shoes...the SuperDad sale appears to have much higher prices than the normal sale prices. Bent or Benoit, can one of you look at this and see if I'm just misunderstanding the site?

Sale page/prices:
Terraventure 2 listed for $200

Regular page/prices:
Terraventure 2 listed for $120

Jun 14, 2019 12:33 PM # 
Welcome to our lives. That’s the Canadian site vs. the U.S. site. The currency exchange accounts for some, but not all, of the difference. $200 Canadian is about $150 U.S. today. With the $40 discount code, we pay the same as an American would pay any day. Sigh.
Jun 14, 2019 2:23 PM # 
Thanks Bash. I was sure I checked the URL and saw they were the same site, but clearly they're not. I'll see if I can get the Super Dad deal on the U.S. site tonight!
Jul 4, 2019 6:16 PM # 
The Topos are amazing! Even Kateness has gotten in on the action. Thanks for the suggestions!
Jul 5, 2019 11:33 AM # 
Glad to help. I used mine at the Quebec Mega Trail ultra last weekend and they were perfect. Comfy, wide and with decent traction in sloppy mud.
Jul 31, 2019 5:10 PM # 
Just a heads-up- on my Ultraventures the fabric is showing a bit of wear on the sides of the shoe just behind the instep where the fabric joins the sole, after about 38 hours of mainly on-trail running.
I reinforced the joint between sole and fabric with a bead of Shoe Goo and it should be fine.

I'm hoping to get a pair of MTN Racers, which have an even better rubber compound, and I'll be reinforcing there right out of the box.
Jul 31, 2019 9:53 PM # 
Thanks for the tip. Just received my pair of MTN Racers, but haven't been able to try them out yet. I hope they're as cushy and fun as the Terraventures.

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