mile event on the 27th Jan.
Specification 1: Wide Toe box
During the "Day of the Dead" marathons, I was having a foot problem, whereby my big toes were crossing over my second toe on both feet. The right foot would feel uncomfortable and I was indenial about any pain it was also causing! On that run I met Mark, a podiatrist, who looked at my foot and said "moderate" hallux valgus, better known as bunions and immediately asked had I considered surgery.
Surgery would mean 4-6 months out of action. I said I would probably consider in about 10 years time. His buddy, Charlie, suggested wearing some sort of a splint so I searched on the web for something as seen above.
The discussion reminded me that the sides of my feet are painful after a 10 mile run. I like wearing sandals as I don't feel the "rubbing" bunion against my shoe as it swells and thus the inherent pain can cause me to hobble.
Bunions suck! So am trying a gel "toe separator" and bunion pads. Tried this at the last 50km marathon. This appeared to ease the rubbing action.
Specification 2: Weather
International Falls has been hitting temperatures of -20 to -40 degs C; it has been snowing buckets. Have learned that at temperatures less than -20 degs C, Goretex lacks breathability and can become an ice box. I have seen first hand, frozen sweat inside Goretex jackets at -20 in Norway. Breathability is better than waterproof.
Overall Shoe Specifications
The above provided my shoe criterias: Wide shoe box; breathable; needs to be able to walk up icy hills (I do not like yak traks); water resistant and light weight (10oz/283g or less); mens size 9.5 or 10 (1.5 times bigger than my own feet to allow me to wear multiple sock layers and for swelling)
Searching For a Pair of Shoes
After trying out whole stores of about 3 shoe shops, have had to settle on the only pair that would fit my big fat feet: a pair of inov-8
Rocklite 315. The only thing I know about it, is that it has a wide toe box and at 315g is relatively close to the ideal weight I wanted. I had to purchase it as I really no longer had a choice despite my extensive research and suggestions from Fetchies.
The crux on the decision of my shoes is about to become apparent in less than 2 weeks time when the event happens.
Now looking into my sock system!
(Yes I know - it is less than 2 weeks away!)