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Hi guys! I need some help with this. I currently have a pair of trail shoes (Brooks Adrenaline) and I wore them for a 50k trail run. I ended up with 5 black toenails. I know I have to make an adjustment before I do another ultra. I was at the Chicago Marathon expo and asked the Brooks rep. about this. He had me try on the next size up but, it seemed too big. I also have wide feet. What shoe should I get? Most of the running places around here do not know anything about trail shoes. Same thing with the Brooks rep I talked to. I usually wear a size 8w in brooks and have never had an issue with my feet. I thought I heard somewhere that for ultras I needed to go up a size. Educate me in trail shoes and how to solve this problem. By the way, I love this ultra stuff!!!!
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True that... The only time I've ever lost a big toe nail was because I drilled my foot into a rock in a brook section at Jay... It really only hurt for a split second... the icy cold water helped with the pain <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Short of steel toed work boots, I don't think there's a shoe that can prevent black toenails from toe stubbing on the trail.
I agree with Meri - if it's 'fire road'/cinder path/gravel/ well groomed trail... I'd just wear my running shoes. We have some trail races here that are like that, and that's what I do. In fact, I've run some pretty technical trails in 'regular' running shoes.<br><br>
If the trail has lots of rocks, stream crossings, mud, roots, and is gnarly - you might get by with an old pair of running shoes - or you might want some trail specific shoes.<br><br>
If you end up getting trail specific shoes - find a good running store with people who know trails. Have them help you out.<br><br>
Also, like Meri said - if you can try out some or all of the trail some time, it's worth the 'recon' work.
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