Hi all, I'm looking for a new pair of shoes, and having a hard time finding ones that I like. I run now in Skechers Go Run2s, and really like them. I've nearly worn out my second pair of them, in fact (about 400 miles on each, give or take). I run about 30-35 miles a week, and have three halfs on the books until the end the year. I'd like to go zero drop, so I thought of Altras first. Tried the Instinct 1.5 for about 90 miles or so, and found that they are super comfortable, but they seem a little 'clompy' if you know what I mean. Then I tried The One from Altra, and the toe box fit weird. They kinda bunched up and puckered, and the stiff toe strip irritated my toes. They also seemed clompy, compared to the GR2s. Love the 30 day return policy from Altra, by the way.
So I'm looking for some advice, I guess. I know that the Go Bionics are a nice shoe, and I may end up there, but I'd really like to support my local independent running store with a shoe purchase (the one who feeds me pizza and beer after group runs each week), as well as get some variety in my shoe selection. I'd like a shoe that has a wide toe box, zero drop, very flexible sole (love the quiet running I can do in the GR2s) - does this rule out a Vibram sole, like a BA2? Also, the complicating factor is that I wear a size 12.5, and several companies, like Merrell, don't make that size. Tried on the PureDrift at the store too, and liked them, so that's an option, but the soles seemed a bit stiffer than my GR2s. Thanks for reading my life history, and any ideas are welcome!