I recently discovered your site while researching shoes for traveling and was wondering if you (or anyone) could help me with a really specific set of needs? In the past, for space/weight/cost reasons I would only take either a pair of moderately heavy hiking boots (a pair of Merrells that I misplaced a while back) or whatever pair of battered old running shoes I had at the time in addition to my flip flops. However I've been getting back into running recently and would like to keep it up while I'm away next year.
In terms of running I go for light 4 to 8k runs just to keep fit (nothing too hardcore). I've never really thought about my form until I recently stumbled across the concept of barefoot running, which I think is part of the reason why I have a history of recurring injuries to both ankles. I've always used shoes with arch support and thick, cushioned soles but now I want to invest in a pair of decent minimalist running shoes so I can work on my form and technique and improve my feet and ankle strength.
The problem is that on my next trip I will be doing light to moderate
treks across a variety of terrain (nothing too hardcore) in South America during their winter
as well as taking a road trip across the USA in your summer. So as well
as a pair of shoes that I can use for short runs on both road and trails, I
need a pair of weather-proof shoes that will give me enough support and protection
For space/weight/cost reasons I would ideally take a single pair of lightweight shoes that I can do both in, so I was wondering if the Merrell Mix Master Waterproof Mids provide enough support/protection for hiking in and if so does the higher ankle impede the wear's ability to run in them? Are they suitable for someone with quite wide and flat feet? Are they suitable for a beginner like me and would I be able to use them at the gym and on the road as my everyday running shoes before I go away? Am I better off with separate shoes for hiking and running in?
On paper they sound perfect but I would appreciate any advice and recommendations and advice that you (or anyone) can give!