Many people hike and train for climbing in "trail runners" Amoung PCT "Thru hikers" the debate is between "running" shoes vs heavier "trail running" shoes.
I reccomend going to Super Jock and Jill at Greenlake. Getting shoes that fit is a big factor and the have a wide range of brands and models. The folks there are more knowledgeable than most sales clerks.
Without getting into a specific shoe recommendation there are a few attributes that are important.
1. Heal drop- The most popular trail shoes have a much lower heal drop (10 mm or less). This results in a flatter more natural foot placement; and discourages a gait with a hard heal strike. This tends to reduce plantar fasciitis in my experience.
2. Shoe Length- 1/2 to 1 sizes too long is recommended to avoid impacting your toes on long downhills; because keeping your toenails is a good thing
3. Tread- Trail runners tend have a more knobby tread than standard running shoes. In reality there are very limited areas of normal hiking trails where it will matter. The early season snow crossing, or muddy uphill trails would favor a bit more traction. (Micro-spikes evens the playing field).
Shoe width is a personal fit issue. There are some brands that run very narrow (Nike) others that run wide (Brooks, Hoka, Altra ). New Balance offers multiple widths.
With lighter weight backpacking (sub 12 pound base weights) on established trails there is no need to wear heavier shoes.
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