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Runs narrow compared to NB and Nike (even the 2E)
on April 25, 2013
I've been running in New Balance MR00s for about 4 months, but I wanted to get another pair of running shoes with a little more cushion to save my legs on longer runs (10+ miles). My one requirement was that they had to have a small (or zero) heel-to-toe differential. I really wanted the Saucony Virratas since they're a zero drop running shoe, but they were too narrow for my feet and are not available in widths.
So instead, I went for the Kinvara 3 (size 10.5) in a 2E width, since they're only a 4mm heel-to-toe differential. Unfortunately, even the 2E was too narrow for my feet. They felt comfortable at first, and had the perfect amount of cushion I was looking for. Also worth mentioning, the blue/citron color scheme looks great (it's also the only color scheme the wide size comes in as of now). But after about an hour of wearing them, both of my pinky toes went numb...the shoes were just too narrow and my toes were being squeezed. To offer a comparison, my other running shoes are: New Balance MR00 (size 10.5 2E), Merrell Bare access (size 10.5, regular width), and Nike Vomero 5 (size 10.5, normal width).
Bottom line: if you're looking for a running shoe with a minimal heel-to-toe differential, decent cushioning, and you have relatively narrow/normal feet, these would be good shoes for you. But if you're looking for something with a wider toe box to allow your toes room to splay, you may want to look elsewhere.