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How Wide Is The Toe Box Of…

Posted by on Jan 6, 2011 | 4 Comments

After I posted my review of Merrell’s Trail Glove, I was inundated with questions.  The most common- how wide are the shoes?  Since a simple measurement may not be too informative, I took a topside picture of most of my shoe collection.  Enjoy!

[Edit- check out Pete Larson of… he just received a pair of Trail Gloves and will be reviewing them shortly]

My bare foot

Saucony Kilkenny XC2 size 11.5- this shoe is too narrow for me

Kigo Edge size 12- this shoe is also too narrow for me

Inov-8 X-Talon 190- size 12, barely wide enough for my foot

My original KSO size 44 circa 2007... now too small

Vibram FF KSOs size 46- a tad too big for ultra swelling

Merrell Trail Glove- size 12, width is comfortable

New Balance Minimus Road- size 12, width is comfortable

Nike Free V2 5.0 size 11, width is comfortable

Terra Plana Aqua, size 44- width is comfortable

Terra Plana Dharma, size 45- width is comfortable

Terra Plana First Generation EVO size 45, width comfortable

Terra Plana EVO II, size 45- width comfortable

Women's Vibram KSO size 41

Merrell Pace (women's) size 10

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  1. Janice Nicholls
    January 8, 2011

    I wish Merrell’s shoe was available now. I live in Ontario and run in a lot of snow. I have a pair of Evo Barefoot’s which I LOVE in terms of how they feel on my feet — they feel pretty much like a moccasin. I have no temperature issues in extremely cold weather either. With a pair of smartwool socks, my toes are warmer than the rest of me. The issue is tread. In snow the tread is not really good. It’s especially challenging going up hills in snow that has a layer of ice underneath. I swear I’d buy a set of those Merrell’s right now if I could…..just for the tread. I can’t find anything with a zero drop, extremely flexible sole and awesome tread that is available now, so I think I’m going to have to go through the winter with my Evo’s. I really can’t run in standard shoes anymore, so there’s no point in trying!

  2. Steve
    January 7, 2011

    Based on the photos alone, it appears that the Train Glove and the Dharma are the only models that come close to being shaped like a foot with regard to the toe area.

    When I step down, my big toe splays toward the center. I always get a callous on the side of my big toe due to the pointed shape of most shoes. The shape of the VFF (without the toe separations) would be the ideal toe-box shape IMO.

    Thanks for posting these pictures.

  3. Sarah AJ
    January 7, 2011

    Does the Pace picture mean Shelly’s going to be reviewing them? I hope so!

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