Reviewed by bearsnob from Central Oregon on Monday, January 14, 2013
I wrote another review on these shoes that has not been posted yet. This is an update to that review. I had mentioned that I would try wearing them to see if they felt better after I got a few miles on them. I am pleased to report that they started feeling much better after the first few miles and, by 20 miles, they are feeling great. Hard to explain how that happened so fast. The largest running shoe I ever buy is a size 11. But this size 11 felt very narrow in the toes. If I had tried it on in a store, I wouldn't have purchased it at any price. But I decided to give these a try once I noticed STP's satisfaction guarantee. Really glad I did. Only thing I can figure is there must be some sort of padding in the toes that breaks in quickly. I tried them first on a three mile trek. My feet were a bit sore at the end, but the shoes were feeling better. Went back to my other shoes the next day, then these shoes again the day after that. No pain at the end of that day. So I tried them on a 5 mile trek the next day and all was good. Went back to my other shes for a day and then wore these on an 11 mile trek. All was good and they feel like I can now do a 20+ mile day in them, no problem. I can also wear thicker socks now whereas at first I had to use some thin Keen socks. Only problem I am having is that the right one seems to leak a bit. I am hiking on compacted snow and my sock is getting a small wet spot near the outside front of the foot on top. Otherwise, everything else is dry. Must be a small defect.
Reviewed by bearsnob from Central Oregon on Wednesday, January 09, 2013
It is usually true that, at least within the same category of footwear, all styles by a particular manufacturer will fit about the same. For example, I wear as size 11 in Adidas running shoes. There may be some very minor differences between styles, but I have never worn an Adidas size 11 that didn't fit perfectly or almost perfectly. There are also some manufacturers shoes that I can't wear. Even though New Balance shoes get very high ratings, there doesn't seem to be a pair of New Balance shoes that fit my feet.
So, when I took interest in these shoes, I went to a local store and tried on several pairs of Columbia Sportswear running shoes. The size 11 in every style I tried on fit really well. So I ordered the size 11 in this one from STP. It is tight on my foot--narrow in the toes and a bit short. Maybe a size 11.5 would solve the problem, but STP doesn't have that size. Bummer cause I really really really like these shoes. They look great and appear to have excellent traction. I need a pair of waterproof trail running shoes and so I think I'll see if I can break these in to feel okay. I tried them with some thinner Keen socks and that helped. There is a fair chance this might work and, because STP has a great satisfaction guarantee, I don't have anything to lose. I'll update this review once I find out what happens. But I just wanted to give people a heads up about the sizing issue. If your foot runs narrow, these shoes will probably be awesome for you. My foot is almost the definition of medium width. This is the first time in my 55 years that I have purchased a medium width shoe that was too narrow. I've also never owned a shoe bigger than an 11. In running shoes, I most often take a 10.5 and, less often, a 10 or an 11. Boots are almost always 11's. So this shoe is definitely a little odd when it comes to size.