I made the switch recently from boots to trail runners. I settled with old style Hardrocks that I found on sale at REI. I wore them day to day for a couple of months without any trail mileage. My sons and I hiked last weekend in the Davy Crocket National Forest near us here in east Texas. We only done about 22 miles in 2 days. My pack was close to 30 lbs because I carried all of our water for the trip acct park rangers discourage drinking the stream water even filtered/boiled. Something about mercury content.
My problem was sore big toes,(Toenails) which have since turned purple but do not hurt anymore. I have never had this happen with boots, even carrying heavier loads. Has anyone had this problem switching from boots to trail runners? The Hardrocks fit great, plenty of toe room. No other problems such as blisters or anything. I didn't know if this might have happened to anyone else. Maybe its a footbed problem or something. I like the lighter shoes and would like to stick with them. We are going to do a section hike on the AT in June and don't want this to be a problem. If need be I could always go back to the boots I guess. Thanks for any suggestions.