Maybe this isn't a gear issue, but I'm sure you all can help me with it, anyway.
Right now my hiking shoes are TNFs. They say "Flight Series" on the inside, but if they have a more specfic name I don't know what it is. They are size 10. I usually wear a 9 1/2, and have a very narrow foot.
I'm starting to shop now for shoes for my thru next year. The current shoes are ok, but after a long day of hiking (ten miles or so) my toenails hurt. After the second day of the same sort of milage, they hurt more and appear sightly discolored. I'm worried about the condition of my feet when I have to hike for six months straight.
So, what's the rememdy to this? If I get a longer shoe, I worry that it will also be wider, and will give me blisters. Few shoes are narrow enough for my feet. Can a slightly wider shoe be laced tight enough to keep my foot stable and leave room for my toes, even on downhills?
I know the first thing you'll advise is to go to a good outfitter and get measured and fitted. I would, but I don't think there are any around here (north Jersey). I'm close to Campmor, and an EMS next door, but both have a very small selection of trail runners and hiking shoes, and neither seems to have the time to give customers personal attention.