Look they they could work. I just buy whatever new balances are on sale at a local store. I wear 12 4E, so I am kind of limited.
I started a thread on WB about trail runners and gaiters. The problem I have is that the NB trail runners I use have one continuous tread, where as boot and some other trail runners have that gap inbetween the heal and ball of your foot. My trail runners always eat up the string that goes around the bottom of the shoe. I go through para cord in around a week's worth of hiking.
Someone on WB suggested I put zelcro on my shoes and the on the gaiters around the bottom edge of the gaiter. This should hold them on. I haven't tried this yet, but it should work.
Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
The hanger formly known as "hammock engineer".