Alright, apparently I have wide feet. And, apparently, I can't find a decently priced minimalist style shoe that is wide enough for my feet. The only pair I've had success with are the La Sportiva Crosslites. Ooh, I also have New Balance Minimus trail in 11.5, wide, but I don't run long miles in them. I have not felt any constriction problem nor had any blow outs in either them.
I've tried running in the New Balance MT 101's and loved them, but blew out the insteps on both pairs during a trail half marathon. They didn't have a lot of miles on them either. The Saucony Kinvaras were not wide enough either as I started to rip out of the sides as well. I actually had gotten both of these as my first foray away from "normal" running shoes and really had never had a decent pair of running shoes before. I thought they fit fine, but the blow outs and rips proved otherwise. I am currently running on the road (La Sportivas are trail) in Brooks Green Silence. They are not side enough either BUT, the soft cloth mesh top allows for the bit of extra expansion I need. However, I did start to blow out of the side of one of the shoes around mile 200 (I ended up with about 280 on them). I also tried running in Innov-8 shoes. The first pair were not wide enough (felt great in the store and on a few runs...but started noticing more as I ran longer in them...). I tried their widest pair, but a seam on the inside rubbed my foot wrong and gave hot spots very quickly (they actually took these back after I ran in them which was awesome of them).
So, my question is, do you know of any minimalist style shoes that do not cost a million dollars? I'd love for the NB 110's (next generation of 101's) to be in wide. I'd also love for the Pure series from Brooks to be wide enough for me, but I haven't tried them, yet...
Thanks for any help!!!