sooooooo... i've switched (tentatively) to altras for trail and topo athletic for the road.
let's start with my trail shoes first and then move onto the road shoes...
these shoes are fantastic! they are incredibly light weight, have great tread, are zero drop, have a wide toebox, and hold up well in sloppy conditions. they only weigh 7.5 ounces which is an additional bonus as i truly hate heavy shoes. i've recently run in some pretty snowy conditions (4-6 inches) of what i like to call "snowsand" which is like running on a beach of dry sand or possibly imagine running through mounds of slippery sugar. it was challenging for sure but not at any moment did i feel unsafe or like i would fall. there is no doubt that i will add ice spikes or screws to my shoes to run once the trails are covered in lots of ice patches, but until then these are doing a great job.
i like to stick with the same companies when i find something i like so i went ahead and bought a pair of road shoes from altra too. again, the ones i purchased, provision 2.0, were on closeout (likely because they were the 2.0s) making them a really economical purchase, and i was pretty excited to try them out. i ran in them twice for a total of 8 miles and i was not happy. the toebox is again nice and roomy, but for whatever reason, my left heel kept slipping no matter how i tied the shoes or how i tried to remedy it. i returned them and tried the provision 2.5 (maybe the update made a difference?)... no such luck. the 2.5s were no different than the 2.0s. my left heel slipped and i didn't even bother to test these on a run. i just returned them and started a web search for "wide toebox" shoes.
in the meantime, i continued to use my new balance 1500s for indoor runs.
i finally found a shoe that looked promising... from a brand i've never heard of before... topo athletic.
so i purchased the topo athletic fli-lyte. this shoe is AWESOME! granted i've only run a short 3 miler in them but i LOVE them! these shoes have a 3mm drop and weigh only 6.7 ounces. i love the sea foam/tangerine color combo and as a bonus (if you like that sort of thing) they give a second set of laces to change up the look. my heels don't slip and my toes feel great with the more anatomical shape.
their mission statement is pretty awesome too. i can't believe i've never heard of them before. no matter... they're on my radar now and i'm sticking with them. bye bye, new balance... onto newer things!
so that's what i think about that.
what are your favorite shoes and why? have you ever heard of topo athletic? what are your thoughts about the natural toebox vs standard toeboxes? how do you feel about zero or low drop shoes?
tell me your thoughts in the comments! i'd love to hear them.