A Great Shoe--with Qualifications

Yesterday, I tried on a 2016 Barricade Boost at Tennis Warehouse. After 40 years of running and 30 years of tennis, I suggest that this is in most ways one of the best shoes I have ever worn. The cushion, snug fit and support are all outstanding. BUT--I did not buy it. The reason? I have a size 13 B foot; long and narrow with a medium to high arch and a tendency to pronate (inward roll at the ankle). All of these aspects were well served by the Barricade Boost. However, my long, narrow feet ran afoul of the Boost in the toe box, where my foot splays out into a rather wide set of toes or forefoot ("snow shoe" feet?). The tight toe box squeezed my big toe and second toe together just enough to be sufficiently uncomfortable that, try as I might, I could not talk myself into ignoring. Believe me, I tried. This was rather heartbreaking, because in every other way, I thought I had found my dream shoe. YMMV. Not because I wanted to, but because comfort is king, I ended up walking out with the supremely comfortable Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9.5. But for people without my fit issues, I would have chosen the Boost, a much more substantial shoe.

Note: I don't spend a lot of time on the Message Boards, so I probably won't check back in to this thread more than once a day. Or every other day. Feel free to enjoy a discussion of this fine shoe with or without me. ;)
 
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