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How to buy trail shoes online?

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TrawaGraduate10

I didn't manage to go to the shop to buy trail shoes (life was too busy) and now due to pandemia I no longer can. Need to do it online without option to try them on.

I have had size 7 Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 (brand new on the photo below) from beginning of January and they fit me perfectly. Would you know what trail shoes would have similar size/fitting to my Mizuno ones? And any good online retailers that you could recommend? My budget is limited at this point.

Ps. Trail shoes for wood and country paths, occasional grass and mud.

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Sar9 profile image
Sar9Graduate10

It can be really difficult buying online as you never know what’s going to fit or work for you. Most companies have return policies. But Brooks has a 90 day wear/return policy and Hoka has a 30 days wear/return policy. So I figure these are really valuable in being able to make sure the shoes are right for you. Also - Brooks seem to be fairly generous in supplying 10% discount code if you ask!

I don’t know if you have amazon prime... they also have a prime wardrobe section where you can select up to 6 items, they send them out and you return what you don’t want - pay for what you do. I found this a really helpful way of being able to try various different shoes and sizes without draining my bank account. Ovbiously you wouldn’t be able to try these outside but can run round the house etc!

They have lots of choice in their wardrobe section - Asics, Salomon, Brooks, Merrell new balance.

I have a pair of Salomon trailsters gtx they were roughly £50 on amazon and they’ve been the best I’ve had so far. Super comfy, waterproof, cheap.

Good luck

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TrawaGraduate10 in reply to Sar9

Thank you Sar9! I do have amazon prime but never used wardrobe option - will check it out. Never tried Brooks but found Hokas too wide for me and not providing enough support around ankle.

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TrawaGraduate10 in reply to Sar9

It looks that prime Wardrobe is only available for UK mainland😐

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GoGo_JoJoModerator

Sportshoes.com have older models at great prices and easy/ simple returns.

Personally I love Saucony for trail shoes.

If you compare shoe size charts, Mizuno UK7 is 26cm, Saucony is the same.

Start fitness also have great prices but a return will cost you postage...

Good luck! 👍🏻😊

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TrawaGraduate10 in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thanks Gogo_JoJo! Will check them.

Do you know if the fit i.e. toe box width, ankle support would be similar between 2 brands?

I tried few different brands when byuing Mizonos and others e.g. Hoka had very different fit. I found Asics and Mizuno fitting me similarly but had more space for big toe in Mizuno.

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GoGo_JoJoModerator in reply to Trawa

Brands can vary greatly, innov8, altra, hoka are all wide toe boxes. Salomon are very narrow throughout. If your road shoes are mizuno, check what mizuno offer for trail use. I think mizuno, asics, Brooks, saucony etc are pretty similar. Heel cups can vary from model to model too unfortunately. I've returned stock to sportsshoes.com with ease 👍🏻

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TrawaGraduate10 in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Just got myself a new shoes Mizumo Daichi 4! Really good prices on sportsshoes:

sportsshoes.com/product/miz...

Thanks for recommending this site and answering my questions🤗

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GoGo_JoJoModerator in reply to Trawa

Excellent! 🤞🏻 they do the trick 😁

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TrawaGraduate10 in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Had to really stop myself with buying more stuff🤭 luckily managed to stop on socks only...

Imc50 profile image
Imc50Graduate10

I'm in a similar predicament 🥺 it's the not trying on before buying that's off-putting......... I'm thinking eBay take a chance and resell of I buy wrongly

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TrawaGraduate10 in reply to Imc50

Sodifficultto buy without trying! Ispent at least 2hrs in the shop when buying my first road running shoes 🙈

GoGo_JoJo recommended thesportshoes site(link above) - maybe check their return policy? I bought from them and ot was really hussle freewithquick delivery.

I decided to go for the same brand that I already had for road shoes. The lenght is the same however fit is slightly different but still very happy with the purchase.

Good luck!

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Imc50Graduate10 in reply to Trawa

Thanks trawa that's good to know 👍👍

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