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Women’s trail running shoes

Help I am in a shoe funk. I have been trying so hard to find long distance trail running shoes that I love as much as the Pearl Izumis. I have tried Topos and liked them but moved back to Salomon Mission due to plantar fasciitis. There isn’t a big variety of trail running shoes in the stores and it is laborious to read, guess, order, receive and hope they work. I have tried Salomon X alpine which I really wanted to like! Too narrow. Also tried Salomon Sense Max that just didn’t fit right.
I like the cushion of the Pearls, the wide toe box of the Topos. I run on varied trails. I have a super high arch and my ideal heel to toe drop is 4-8. I am not training for an ultra now but prefer the cushioning of the long distance shoe. Any insight is appreciated.

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@Deebo thanks for reaching out and for your kind words about our closure! And sorry to hear about your shoe funk...we have reached out to a few employees who are avid runners, and we'll make sure you hear back from them here in the community within the next day or so.

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Hey @Deebo!  Finding the perfect shoe to establish a long-distance relationship with is certainly not easy - you might kiss a lot of frogs first! My go-to pair for >10K is Brooks Cascadia 12 - they are lightweight, sturdy, sticky soles, moderately cushioned and HTT drop is 8-10. For longer distances, I need more support/cushion and opt for either Brooks Caldera or Hoka One One Challenger both HTT drop of 4-5 with maximum cushion. Depending on the terrain you want to tackle (these are designed for the beaten path), you might also try the Hoka One One Speedgoat, a comparable fit designed for more rugged trail conditions.

Some of our partners also have great tools available to help you avoid the painful at-home try-on debacle. Here's a link to the Brooks Shoefinder:

Hope this helps! See you out there!

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