altra - lone peak 3.5 trail shoes
Get them from Wild Earth who post everywhere.
RRP: $200.00 AUD - SO WORTH IT THOUGH!
NB: They are often available with a 10-15% discount and are worth the $$.
Zero drop | great cushioning | amazing grip | quick dry mesh and gaiter traps
Their are many Altra shoes that would work for the trail, but I've found these to have the best grip, be the most comfortable and generally the best fit for me.
I have had trouble with my feet for at least 20 years. I have a bad back, reconstructed Achilles, a knee missing two ligaments and an ankle also ligament challenged, not to mention a 15 year ongoing battle with plantar fasciitis & Metatarsalgia. I know right! Most of my challenges with my feet stem back to 15 years hairdressing in heels. My own fault but I honestly would often cry at how frustrating my feet were. I couldn't believe that it was just walking and I could never get more than 8-10kms without having to stop and alleviate something. If I managed to solve 1 ongoing challenge, something else would get worse and it seemed I could never ever be pain free. Something always had to give.
UNTIL I FOUND ALTRA!
I was initially very dubious as the zero drop was very scary to my Achilles. It's so tight and I was so concerned but the sales team at Wild Earth talked me through it and agreed that if I got two or three walks under my belt and they were aggravating my Achilles too much, they would swap them. That sold me and I have NEVER LOOKED BACK!
The zero drop ensures that you are walking correctly through the full range of motion and with just simple off the shelf inserts I've never had a bad attack of plantar fasciitis again and I've also never had that horrible Metatarsal pain in the ball of my foot either. I mean never! Not once. The wide round toe box also suit my weird toes that don't taper so I've never lost a toenail or bruised my toes since I've been wearing them. I buy the men's sizes because I always go two sizes up for long distance swelling and the women's sizes just don't quite to that large.
The women's size are actually developed for women with a smaller heel cup and higher arch so if you don't have huge feet like me girls, the women's may suits you better.