for relatively smooth trails i run in road shoes too. for quite rocky trails where something pointy can do and has done damage, and its not neccesarily a race I like Nike Terra Kiger, still snappy to run in but rolls over rocks like a tank. If by stability you mean 'correct over pronation' etc. i dont know about that, but it seems fairly stable. This has a goodly drop and good cushion... many people don't like a significant heel to toe drop. maybe take your favorite road shoe to a running store and ask them for a trail equivalent, at any rate try a lot of different ones.
I wonder if you even need the stability on uneven surfaces. Every step is different so the repetitive motions of road running are not as much of a factor.
Yeah, I wondered abut that, too, since I can't find any stability trail shoes online. Ignoring the pronation-control requirement opens up lots of possibilities!
p.s. Thank you for the suggestions, matzah_ball!
Inov-8 doesn't make stability shoes, tending toward a more minimal shoe, though in recent years they've gotten stiffer in the sole. But, the RocLites are pretty good for cushion and comfort, and have good grip - sticky rubber and big lugs. The TrailRocs usually have a rock plate, and I find are pretty good for hard packed dirt. Where you could just use your road shoes.
Runners Roost should be able to tell you which would be best for you. I just switched into the Hoka Torrent.
Thank you for the tips, Alex & Amy. :-)
Another thought: if your foot hurts, don't neglect the foot. Strengthening exercises, massage, some very careful and controlled barefoot running perhaps...
Heading out for a foot massage, STAT! Only because Rudy said so! ;-)
But seriously -- I've been thinking to myself that a foot massage would be really nice -- and that I should leave that task to a professional.
...just trying to share experience I have had, not knowing if they are on your radar. i've noticed is i easily miss the obvious even if theoretically i 'knew' it. sharing and caring from other runners can circumvent a lot of needless grief.
That said, I would highly recommend a couple of weeks at a spa, running a 2:30 marathon, winning a nobel prize for peace, and becoming one of the most loved members of your community circles. Just do it:)
I think she already has the last item on that list.
Those are all great suggestions, Rudy -- I'll get started immediately! :-)
(I was only kidding about the foot massage recommendation because it sounds indulgent but I would take any excuse to rationalize it for the potential curative benefits...)
And -- thank you, too, J-J. :-D