catiecoo wrote a review of The North Face Ultra Trail Running Shoe - Women's on August 25, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
I picked up these shoes at the local TNF store for a super deep discount (I would've bought it on BC but thought I'd try out the sizes first). Turns out it was a good idea - they run 1/2 size large. I usually go 1/2 size larger on running shoes than street shoes, but these TNF runners are an exception. At first I tried on 1/2 size larger wearing thicker Drymax socks, but my heels were lifting. But after I went down to my street shoe size, with the help of Smartwool Ultra Light socks, my heels stayed in place, although I had to cinch up the laces (but not uncomfortable).
For performance, these are really awesome shoes. They are extremely lightweight without going full minimalist. They give a decent heel to toe drop but are still close to the ground. Which makes me feel super fast wearing them on the singletrack :-) They can't be more comfortable - I usually get a little blister on my big toes and with these I didn't get any. The upper felt like they weren't there, breathable in the heat. The Vibram outsoles are grippy most of the places, but didn't perform as well on wet rocks and slick slimy mud - hardly any shoes would perform in these conditions though.
I've put at least 50 miles on them, and other than the dry mud on the side, the shoes are still fully intact and no visible wear and tear. I fully recommend them - if you experience heel lift, just cinch down the laces, and even that, I didn't feel any discomfort.