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May '19, Oct 19
I know shoes are very personal, just looking for more ideas on what to try. my feet are wide in the front.

Since I have a small issue with insertional achilles tendonitis recently, a larger heel to toe drop seems helpful.

Altra is out for now, and Topo has 5mm drop.

looking for something with more like 12mm drop and wider toe box.

rain friendly with drainage holes is nice too. I want breathable non-waterproof.

thanks for ideas
 
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Go to New Balance store or website and find a shoe on the SL-2 shoe last.
It has a narrow heel and a DEEP WIDE toe box.
I wear them every year on the Camino.
Never have need to break them in... just out of the store and onto the trail.
 

NorthernLight

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Year of past OR future Camino
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
I buy my camino shoes in 2E width.
 

Texas Walker

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Norte (2017-18)
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How does one find the shoes made on that last? the website doesn't seem to include that info.
 

trecile

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
How does one find the shoes made on that last? the website doesn't seem to include that info.
You might have to email New Balance and ask them, or perhaps the employees in a store that primarily sells New Balance would know.
 
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I found a couple sites with listings of the New Balance made with SL-2 last. not sure if okay to post a link here ("a perfect dealer") . looks like 1540, 1340, 1260, and others. I'll look for a New Balance store to try.

I picked up some La Sportiva Wildcat's on sale that I will try for now. definitely want to try the SL-2 New Balance shoes.
 

edandjoan

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Year of past OR future Camino
St. Gallen to Muxia
2012-2018
Check out Altras or Topo Athletics.Both have wide toe box and trail runners.
 

tjz

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Year of past OR future Camino
2022
I used to use Altras and loved them. Unfortunately, I've had to switch due to ankle issues from the "zero drop", and am pretty happy with the Hoka Challenger ATR6 (wide). But nothing quite beats the comfortable toe box of the Altras.
 

JanelMcB

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Year of past OR future Camino
CF (2018)
I know shoes are very personal, just looking for more ideas on what to try. my feet are wide in the front.

Since I have a small issue with insertional achilles tendonitis recently, a larger heel to toe drop seems helpful.

Altra is out for now, and Topo has 5mm drop.

looking for something with more like 12mm drop and wider toe box.

rain friendly with drainage holes is nice too. I want breathable non-waterproof.

thanks for ideas
Altra Lone Peak have a very wide toe box.
 

Becky 59

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (May 2018)
Camino Ingles (Aug 2019)
I know shoes are very personal, just looking for more ideas on what to try. my feet are wide in the front.

Since I have a small issue with insertional achilles tendonitis recently, a larger heel to toe drop seems helpful.

Altra is out for now, and Topo has 5mm drop.

looking for something with more like 12mm drop and wider toe box.

rain friendly with drainage holes is nice too. I want breathable non-waterproof.

thanks for ideas
I wear Hokas that come in wide sizes, and haven’t blistered yet after 2 caminos. (Trail runners)
 
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April (2020)
I totally understand your issue as I tried 5 or 6 different shoes but all had too narrow toe box for my feet. I tried this one and love it! For me it works! I also saw a video that mentioned to leave the first 3 laces loose and just tighten the last two around your ankle. (I loop the laces twice before I tie them to ensure them staying tight) I have been using this technique for a week and it works great as I practice my long hikes- no rubbing as feet swell. It works great up and/or down paths. I also ordered a size larger in the shoe. Buen Camino.

Saucony Women's Mad TR2 Trail Running Shoe, River/Copper, 11
 

mla1

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Year of past OR future Camino
CF (2000); St. Giles (2013); Le Puy-SJPP (2015); VDLP (2016); Mozárabe, Almeria to Granada (2018)
I switched out Lone Peaks for Saucony Peregrines. They come in wide. They last a LOT longer than the Altras.
 

backpack45

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I used to use Altras and loved them. Unfortunately, I've had to switch due to ankle issues from the "zero drop", and am pretty happy with the Hoka Challenger ATR6 (wide). But nothing quite beats the comfortable toe box of the Altras.
I have switched over to Topo's from Altras and they are also wide in the toebox. Men's
 

Moorwalker

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Year of past OR future Camino
The Saint's Way, Cornwall
I buy my camino shoes in 2E width.
I would love to be able to find shoes that wide, unfortunately they don't make smaller sizes in that sort of width. Even Altra make their shoes narrower once you get under size 40 EU.
 

NorthernLight

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Year of past OR future Camino
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
I would love to be able to find shoes that wide, unfortunately they don't make smaller sizes in that sort of width. Even Altra make their shoes narrower once you get under size 40 EU.
I’m generally a size 38 or 39. I usually have to order the 2E as stores don’t keep them in stock. Even the New Balance store here doesn’t stock many of the wide version of their own shoes and I had one shipped from the other side of the continent. I once waited four months for a specific Hoka shoe in wide width to be made and sent from the factory. I order them through the store and have them delivered to the store, so I don’t have to actually buy them if I don’t like the final fit. The stores don’t seem to care as they sell the wide shoes pretty fast.
 
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The Saint's Way, Cornwall
I’m generally a size 38 or 39. I usually have to order the 2E as stores don’t keep them in stock. Even the New Balance store here doesn’t stock many of the wide version of their own shoes and I had one shipped from the other side of the continent. I once waited four months for a specific Hoka shoe in wide width to be made and sent from the factory. I order them through the store and have them delivered to the store, so I don’t have to actually buy them if I don’t like the final fit. The stores don’t seem to care as they sell the wide shoes pretty fast.
By the sound of it you are in the US? I'm in the UK and the situation is far worse here. Many shoe sellers and manufacturers don't stock the full range of widths and the wide fittings are almost impossible to find. If you order from the US it costs a fortune in shipping and import taxes and then of course you can't return them if they don't fit. I deeply envy the people who can go into an outdoor kit shop and have a whole range of shoes to choose from because i'm lucky if there is even one that is wide enough to get my feet into.
 

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Year of past OR future Camino
2022
I'm in the UK and the situation is far worse here. Many shoe sellers and manufacturers don't stock the full range of widths and the wide fittings are almost impossible to find. I
Most shoe manufacturers only make a few models in the wide widths, especially for women, and the shoe sellers only stock a few of those. So, that limits my choices a lot. The low heel drop of the Altra and Topo does not suit me, so those are out of consideration. The Altra is also too low in the instep.

Fortunately the Brooks Ghost series comes in Wide and it has served me well in recent years.
 

trecile

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Most shoe manufacturers only make a few models in the wide widths, especially for women, and the shoe sellers only stock a few of those. So, that limits my choices a lot.
Many stores in my town rarely carry much stock in my size, so I have ordered (and returned) dozens of shoes online over the years. I always order from online stores with free shipping and free return shipping.
 

NorthernLight

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Year of past OR future Camino
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
By the sound of it you are in the US? I'm in the UK and the situation is far worse here. Many shoe sellers and manufacturers don't stock the full range of widths and the wide fittings are almost impossible to find. If you order from the US it costs a fortune in shipping and import taxes and then of course you can't return them if they don't fit. I deeply envy the people who can go into an outdoor kit shop and have a whole range of shoes to choose from because i'm lucky if there is even one that is wide enough to get my feet into.
Canada, and since I don’t want to deal with paying shipping and import taxes, which becomes a waste if you want to send an item back, I deal with local stores and let them have the headache.
 

jayree

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2016
Go to New Balance store or website and find a shoe on the SL-2 shoe last.
It has a narrow heel and a DEEP WIDE toe box.
I wear them every year on the Camino.
Never have need to break them in... just out of the store and onto the trail.
I’ve been running in NB 1540 now V3 for years. SL-2 last and wide toe box. They are comfortable day 1 just out of the box. Never any issues. Pricey but made in the USA.
 
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Mark Barnes

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances - September - November (2017)
I love ASICS. I wear a 4e but the make several wide width options. Good luck. 5D15392F-B600-4FEE-A060-83FEB9217D57.jpeg
 
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I wear Hokas that come in wide sizes, and haven’t blistered yet after 2 caminos. (Trail runners)
I’m with Becky. I used the Stinson ATR on two caminos with no blisters. They don’t come in a wide, but the Hoka customer service site recommended them, saying that I would have as much toe box room as their wide models in other Hokas. I have full-length prescription orthotics and the Stinson accommodated them easily.
 

Ed Aster

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Year of past OR future Camino
2019
I am on my 10th pair of Columbia trail runners, i wear a size 15 to accommodate my size 14 foot. The Columbia shoes are normally quite wide with a very comfortable toe box. I have had to adapt to 2-3 different models but the quality and comfort is always there.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Take a look at the New Balance Fresh Foam Hiero Trail Runner, It has an 8mm toe drop and is really cushiony. This is my shoe for my upcoming Camino. The latest version is #6, but the Version 5, which is still available on Amazon, has a slightly wider toe box. I do like the lacing of the 6 better. I wear a US size 12 wide. And like them both.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2019
I wore Keen Targhee mid vent on my 2019 Camino Frances. No issues with shoes, they have a wide toe box. I do regret wearing sock liners - they moved around too much and caused toe and heel blisters. Now I just wear Smartwool socks and my dogs are happy.
 
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