There is nothing so frustrating as trying to find new running shoes. I have bad luck in this department in that several times now my sneaker of choice has been discontinued and I can't get them anymore. It's like being cast out to sea, suddenly you are starting over from scratch trying to find that perfect fit that will let you run for hours without pain or blisters and, for me, without aggravating any number of ailments (arthritis, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, broken toes, and so on...). Plus I have huge feet- so trying them on in a store proves difficult. Finding a women's 11.5-12 is rough and men's sneakers often just don't fit quite right, so I find myself ordering away online and hoping for the best. Add to that the fact that what I need out of shoes has changed over the years and suddenly the prospect of finding new sneakers seems worse then just continuing to run in the ones I own, no matter how beat they are.
So it was back to the drawing board- and back to an old favorite. 3 years ago I discovered the Keen A86 TR. I'm a Keen devotee, between my husband, my daughter and I we own upwards of 30 pairs and when they first came out with a trail running sneaker I was all over it. Of course Keen only carries up a women's 11... which is a half size too small at best. Still, I like the shoe and wore an 11 for a while and it was great. The only downside was they toes ripped out pretty easy, what with them being too small and all. So I hopped online and went looking to order a pair of Men's, hoping the fit would work. And what do you know? They no longer make them! Luckily I was able to find a pair on Amazon, but I'm only delaying the inevitable, eventually (hopefully not until next winter) I will need a new shoe and that is terrifying.
So what does the runnerverse say? What should I be looking at for a winter running shoe that is as close to minimalist as possible, but that still provides some protection against the elements?
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