The Susitna's seem to be working for me. I have gone through three pairs of trail shoes to find the ones that work for me. I wear an 8.5 for my road shoes and usually a 9 for trail. I ordered the 8.5 for these and they seem to be fine. I also ordered the gaiters and really like how they attach. I only have 30 miles on the shoe but they seem to be alright. Slight blistering on the inside top arch of my foot (I am not foot technical). I think this is due to the motion control set up, which I need a cushioned only shoe. No big deal, yet, ask me in two months after my first 50 miler.