Yesterday I did my first long hike in full trail running shoes, rather than the low cut hikers I normally wear. I wanted to see how my feet would fair in them – would they work for me? The comfort level of padding is better in the runners than anything else. Yet, my low cuts protect my feet from abuse – they are as stiff as a hiking boot with a 3/4 shank. When I was having plantar fascias this past winter I needed the stiffness.
They fit well and are quite comfortable. The downside is they are cut a bit narrow in the toe box so I cannot wear Superfeet in them. That is OK though in most cases as these are my gym shoes most of the time. Normally for hiking I wear the Berry version for women.
I wore them yesterday with my normal Injini socks. The fit with the socks was perfect.
Now though I had something occur that I have avoided for over a year. I got blisters. Ugh. But I didn’t get them where I used to always have them. I have one on the bottom of each little toe – due to my little toes being forced under by the narrow foot box. I also received one on the back of each heel, down low and to the outside. A pressure point it seem I don’t have in my low cut hikers. Combined with nearly all downhill for over 17 miles it adds up. The socks did their magic as they do every hike – no blisters on the inside of my big toes, nor on the balls of my feet – where I used to always get them.
So not quite sure where I stand on the runners. Part of me realizes I asked a lot of them and as well they are on the end of their life span. A new pair would have been better. Still, it was an odd feeling to have blisters when it has been so long without any.
The combo of Superfeet/good fitting low cuts and the toed socks has been a life saver for me – I used to get a couple blisters on every hike.
So wearing Chaco sandals this week and letting them heal naturally. I am hoping they are healed by next weekend (dried up that is).
Not quite ready to say no to runners for long trips but I won’t till I get a new pair. I think I will be getting these. And I will definitely put on blister block next time with them. That should stop most of the issues.
Still, I will most likely keep hiking in my heavier low cut’s to avoid foot issues. I was loving not having blisters!