I really thought that I had a match. I’ve been looking for new running shoes for so long and I picked up a pair of La Sportiva’s . I’m not sure what I was thinking with them , as they were the opposite of most shoes I like. But you know, they felt good in the store. Dont’ they always??
But on my feet, on the trail, up and down the mountain? They felt like WAY too much shoe. After wearing shoes like Altras, Newtons and even my favorite original Brooks Pure Grit, this shoe did not have enough room in the toe box . I had even sized up half a size, but my toes were hitting the very hard toe guard and that was fairly uncomfortable. The laces were annoyingly long. Sure, I didn’t lace the top hole but that was because the tongue was also huge and uncomfortable. The laces also tended to come undone, despite double knots. They did have excellent traction, especially descending, I’ll give them that. That feature was probably the only thing I did like about them.
But overall , it was just too much shoe. They seem more like a nice hiking shoe (for someone else) but I was not comfortable wearing them running , or actually wearing them at all. So glad REI has such an excellent return policy. I’ll have to keep looking…What are you wearing ??