My feet are right on the borderline between normal and wide (not a guess
, via measurement), these shoes work fine for my general foot width. The tongue of the shoe wanders around to the side; I looked for the little sleeves the laces generally go through in the tongue to prevent this but didn't find any. So the tongue winds up on the side of my foot. I don't why, but this kind of bugs me even though it doesn't alter the shoes comfort at all (I've tried to think of it as a "feature" of the shoe dynamically adjusting to my foot). I had surgery on my Big Toe, afterward it angles toward the midline by about a 1/4 inch. Shoes, like the Merrell
Trail Glove, that aggressively go after building a shoe with a natural foot shape suit my feet best. These New Balance
are not as nicely shaped as the Merrells but are not as hideous as the Nike Free
TR2 (which are shaped like a frigg'n torpedo and nothing at all like a natural foot - that is, not either of my feet, the natural one or the butcher, chop shop (surgeon approved) one). Why buy these at all instead of another pair of Merrells? I want a shoe to play tennis
in. I played a couple dozen times last summer in the Merrells and here's what I need: a pair of Merrells that has more cushioning. I just lost half of the minimalist readers with that sentence, but charging the net was too difficult in the Merrells; I learned early on stopping quickly using heel power gave one bruised heels (freak'n ouch, man), so I found another way to stop, with forefoot strikes...but the stress on my knees and forefoot is undesirable and I just can't stop quick enough after a full sprint to the net. So this year I'm looking to balance the load between heel and knees. That's why I chose these shoes. On that: I'm not a big lateral-sliding player so I don't expect these shoes to be terrible for me but they don't look (or feel) like they would stand up to lateral forces very well over a period of time. So there you have it, my peculiar review.