Salomon Sense Marin

These are now my favourite shoes, though they don't shed mud, which means moving down hills parallel-ski style. In other words: no running on long, steep muddy declines. On the plus side, the shoes are not slippy enough to escape from under the mud-traversing body shod in them, which has happened to me with other shoes. While they were not made for mud, but for Marin County, which is far, far away from where I run in them, they work for me (so does their lower-end cost).
The Sense Marins are just universal enough to allow me to do whatever I want or need: traverse long stretches of concrete jungle to reach non-technical trail; run all over those trails in all kinds of conditions; manage not to skid-fall on mud.
They are roomy enough for a wide foot and cushiony enough without removing tactile contact with varying terrain.
I do not know if it is because of the shoe or because the benefits of minimal strength work accumulated, but the first month after wearing the shoes, my stride changed, and I have gone from being a frequent end-of-run heel striker to consistently landing on the balls of my feet. I have stopped shuffling, and notice more prance in my stride. I am including this comment because I suspect the shoes helped. There is no wear at all on the soles except minimally at the heels - which I have stopped landing on - and the lack of wear is quite remarkable, given that I've averaged just under 50 miles a week.
The lacing system is one I have come to love so much that I think I am a Salomon convert because of them: but I will admit at first I didn't get it. Then I realised there is a little strip that acts as a 'handle' to lift up the pocket where the lace toggle is stored. Laugh at me if you must, but I am smiling harder at how the system really works - I used to have trouble adjusting lace widths comfortably (laces felt too loose, sometimes too tight in places), but never once in four months have I worried about a loose or tight shoe with the Salomon lacing system. Also nifty is how easy it is to get the shoes off. 
I have enjoyed running in these shoes so much that I wanted to write about them - especially given the dearth of reviews on this model. As one who appreciates reading as much as I can about shoes before making a purchase, I am putting this out there. Also maybe a reader has a suggestion about a similar wider (Salomon!) pavement-to-trail shoe to try. It seems like the Marins are no longer being sold where I live anymore so by summer I will probably need some ideas.
* I do not run in the ice/serious snow in these shoes. See the next post for the ones I do use.

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