Originally Posted by frizbeerose
of course you never buy shoes without trying them on... but never buy them retail... try them on at REI or where ever and then buy them online for 1/2 the price at amazon, zappos, or sierratradingpost.com...
i highly recommend salomon gore tex trail runners (i believe they offer a few different models, at least for women)... i've been wearing salomons for 8 years, now, for golfing and love love love them (but ladies, stay away from the red ones from this season... faulty gore tex and my "no tie" laces just busted... first time i've ever been bummed)... they're roomy, supportive, great traction, last the whole year and i am comfortable buying them online now, because they are consistent in size...
True dat. I find that once you figure out how one brand of shoe fits, you can use that as a gauge for future purchases. I'm a fan of Salomons too, and only buy shoes when I find them on a good sale (usually online). They've all been pretty much true to size, though the most recent pair I got seems to be a smidge smaller than usual.
And Em, you might try contacting Salomon to see if they'll send you a replacement lace. You can buy replacement ones I know, but you might be able to pick one up for free, especially if it broke after not much use. I had a pair a while ago with that quick lace system, and I loved it--got another pair coming my way soon! BTW, for those that aren't worried about buying shoes online, Steep and Cheap
seems to have been selling a good amount of Salomons lately so you might want to keep an eye out.