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Best Hiking Boots For Wide Feet:
Your Guide To Hiking With Wide Feet

By Diane Spicer

Are your feet wide? Find the perfect hiking boots with tips from Hiking For Her. #widehikingboots #widefeet #hikingboots #hikingforher

If you're hiking with wide feet, you know what I mean when I say happy feet are important.

You're here to finally find the best pair of wide hiking boots.

Or the best hiking shoes for wide feet.

So let's get to it!

Just so you know, I recommend the brands and stores that deliver the goods. Some of my links go to trusted affiliates, meaning Hiking For Her earns a small percentage of your purchase price.

  • It costs you nothing extra to support this website while hiking with wide feet ;)

Best brands for wide feet hiking boots

As a hiker, I have my personal favorites that I know work for my quirky ultra wide feet.

I also follow all the hiker chatter on line, so I learn about hiking boot brands reported to work well for hiker's wide feet.

Although I try hard to give you reliable information, please be flexible with these recommendations.

Your wide feet are unique. You will have to experiment with the brands I'm about to recommend.


Here are my two lists of wide width hiking boot brands you should look at.

My personal favorites for
hiking footwear that accommodate wide feet

These brands have been on my wide feet for decades:

Recommended for hiking with wide feet
based on reviews, statistics and trail report

These brands are reported to perform well for other hikers with wide feet:

Shopping tips for wide width hiking boots

Before you dig into particular brands, it's important to realize that every outdoor brand becomes known for certain important features.

The brands of hiking footwear I'm sharing here have wide width options along with their other options, or are built with a wider toe box to begin with.

But beyond brand names, it is important to know exactly how to shop for wide width footwear.

  • Drop down to my tips before you buy a pair.

And if this is your first pair of hiking boots, read my detailed tips for selecting the right pair here.

Now let's take a tour of those brands!

Why Keen boots make hiking with wide feet
a comfortable experience

Here's the whole story in one diagram:

Original fit versus contoured fit in a Keen hiking boot or trail shoeThis diagram is courtesty of REI.

And here's the boot you will find on my feet for day hikes on established trails, wearing a day pack.

KEEN Targhee III Waterproof Mid Hiking Boots

You can read my detailed Targhee review here.

Bottom line on Keens

They make exceptional wide width hiking boots for day hikes, giving you out-of-the-box comfort and support.

Their price point is lower than more rugged boots.

Great for beginner hikers and folks who stick to established trails with light loads (a daypack and camera, for example).

Available in women's size 5 - 11 US.

Salomon hiking boots if you are
hiking with wide feet

These are the boots I use when I need good traction and ankle support, on day hikes as well as multiday trips.

Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid GORE-TEX Hiking Boots

Note that these boots have a high cut. If you don't want your ankles surrounded and protected, consider these Salomon trail shoes instead.

They are what I wear for straightforward day hikes on non-rocky, dry to moderately muddy trails.

Salomon X Ultra 4 Low Hiking Shoes

Bottom line on Salomons

When you're looking for excellent traction and good ankle support, look at Salomon

You can use these boots for day hiking when conditions are rocky or steep. And they do well on multi-day hiking trips, too.

Zamberlan hiking boots for wide feet

These boots are built for rugged use. And the price reflects that.

So only look at these if you're going to be wearing them through tough conditions.

Zamberlans are on my feet when I do multiweek backcountry treks, because they stand up to water, rock, jagged trail debris, snakes, and more.

And while they are not labeled "wide width", the toe box is plenty roomy for my wide feet.

They also receive rave reviews from hikers with toe problems, including hallux rigidus and arthritis.

Zamberlan Vioz GTX Hiking Boots

An important sizing note

I always go up one full size with this brand, to accommodate foot swelling and my two pairs of hiking socks.

In fact, the first time I bought a pair of Zamberlan hiking boots, I made the mistake of ordering my regular size. They were a bit snug :/

  • So if you're going to use sole inserts, or are at all concerned that your regular size might be too snug, order up one size.

Bottom line on Zamberlans
when hiking with wide feet

These boots are an investment purchase, so take care to read my notes above.

Zamberlan boots are designed and built for rugged use on trails that can punish your feet and ankles without proper support.

Their toe box allows ample room for wide feet, keeping your toes comfortable whether ascending or descending steep trails.

Ideal for multi-week backcountry treks!

Merrell trailwear can help when
hiking with wide feet

These are the trail shoes I wear when I want to go fast and light, with minimal weight on my back.

They give good traction and are quite comfortable.

Ordering up a half size gives you a good chance that you will enjoy roominess, if you have any doubt.

Also, I only wear one pair of socks with them, and never get blisters.

Merrell Moab 3 Waterproof Hiking Shoes

Bottom line on Merrells for hikers

Merrell can be your go-to for fast, lightweight hiking when you want good traction as well as comfort.

Available in womens 5 - 13 US. Be sure to select the wide option.

Oboz hiking boots in wide widths

These boots seem to run a bit small, so be sure to order up a size to accommodate your hiking socks.

And make certain you select the wide option.

Oboz Bridger Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots

Bottom line on Oboz

Oboz gets mixed reviews online. Be sure to read the reviews that mirror your own unique mix of arch height, heel width, and sizing.

Available in womens 6 - 11 US, with half sizing.

LaSportiva boots for wide feet

These boots are ankle protectors, so choose them for trails that will fling roots, rocks and debris at you.

And the tread will impress you.

As with many European brands, they can run a bit narrow. You know what to do if you're hiking with wide feet!

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid Leather GTX Hiking Boots

Bottom line on La Sportiva

I've seen LaSportiva boots on the feet of glacier hiking guides, long trail hikers as well as dayhikers.

Their good ankle support appeals to hikers who expect to conquer uneven terrain while carrying a loaded backpack for long distances.

Altra Lone Peak boots

These boots feature a wide foot bed, nice and roomy for your toes. They call it the "Footshape toe bed".

It is designed to allow your toes to relax and spread out naturally.

They run up to a size 12.

Altra Lone Peak Hiker 2 Hiking Boots

Bottom line on Altra for wide feet

Altra may solve your hiking boots problems if you're struggling to find a comfortable and supportive pair.

Their unique toe bed may be just the design your feet need to hit the trail.

They're light on your feet, which translates into less leg fatigue.

Available in womens 5.5 - 12 US.

New Balance for wide feet

The New Balance Fresh Foam X Hierro V1 Mid-Cut Trail Running Shoe may be a good option for you if you're sticking to maintained trails.

They offer not only a wide width, but an extra wide width (4E). That's unique!

Vibram soles provide good traction on wet or steep trails.

Bottom line on New Balance

Some reviews mention that quality is lacking, which means they won't last long if you use them frequently.

Because these shoes are low cut, you won't have lots of ankle support. That may be good news if you want to go fast and light.

Comfort is an individual decision, making it important to try these on and walk around in them before you purchase a pair.

Sizing on these New Balance runs from 5 - 13 US, with your choice of wide or extra wide.

If all else has failed, give these a try.

Topo Athletic Trailventure boots for wide feet

If you have wide feet, you want a roomy toebox for your comfort and safety on a hike.

These Trailventure 2 WP boots are built to give you that, plus waterproof construction, Vibram outsole, and a generous toe plate to protect your feet on rocky trails.

If you'd prefer trail shoes, check out their Topo Athletic Women's Trailventure 2 shoes here.

Bottom line on Topo

If you're a dayhiker who enjoys established trails in all kinds of weather (think wet, dry, hot, cold), these boots are going to give you traction and ventilation while keeping stream crossings simple.

Adding insoles to these boots will provide more cushioning. These insoles can be just what you need to achieve the perfect fit.

The price point is reasonable, too. That works to your advantage when you replace them.

Shopping tips
for wide width trail footwear

There are many brands which have given hikers with wide feet good outcomes. And now you're familiar with some of them.

Here are a few general tips for shopping for wide width hiking boots, to make your choice a bit easier.

You want to be hiking with wide feet and a wide smile on your face, right?

Hiking boot reviews are gold mines of information

As with buying any hiking gear, read the reviews and cross check user experiences before trusting your feet to any one brand.

Pay close attention to how reviewers describe their feet.

  • You want someone to mention a wide width.
  • And if you're lucky, they will also mention their arch height.
  • Also note the types of hiking they are doing so it matches your own hiking style.

How much toe room do you need
in your hiking boots?

This health related website states that you should have between 3/8” to 1/2” of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

A good way to check is to pull the tongue way back and see if you can get your index finger between the farthest point of the toe box and your relaxed toes.

And speaking of toe boxes, you want a hiking boot that has a square, deep design, something the Keen boots above will offer you.

If in doubt, size up

If you have feet that are just a tad bit wider than "normal", you might not have to worry about sizing.

But if you have truly wide feet, and have struggled with sizing before, order up a size or at least a half size.

And pay attention when you look at the boot, either on line or in the store.

  • You want the "wide" version if the brand makes regular width as well.

Feet two different sizes?

If one foot is larger than the other, insoles become your secret weapon for a customized fit. One boot receives an insole, taking up some volume and equalizing the fit from side to side.

If you also have high arches, the insoles provide cushioning to enhance the comfort of the hiking boot or trail shoe you're using.

Bonus: They can be replaced more frequently than the boots, which increases the lifetime of one pair of boots or shoes.

Relax, it's REI!

Returning gear to REI Co-op is easy and hassle free if your first purchase isn't a perfect fit.

  • Lots more REI benefit for members are explained here

Be prepared!

I don't recommend that you pop into a gear store on a whim to try on wide width boots or trail shoes.

Go at the end of your day when your feet are at their maximum size.

Bring your own hiking socks, so you can get an exact feel for how wide the boots run.

  • What's that? You don't use dedicated hiking socks? Read this!

If the lacing right out of the box seems weird on your feet, unlace them and try some other lacing techniques, like these.

Be sure to walk around the store wearing your sock and boot combo.

During movements,  look for:

  • heel slipping
  • toe cramping
  • pressure on the sides of mid and forefoot
  • pressure under the ball of your foot
  • any feedback from your wide feet that tells you these are not the pair of boots for you.

Pro tip

Once you've found your perfect wide width hiking boot, buy two pairs if budget allows.

Brands have been known to switch up their designs, leaving some of us a bit disgruntled when replacing wide boots.

This happened to me recently with Salomon, but luckily I had a second pair stashed in the gear locker.

To be honest, this strategy may backfire if the company debuts an updated, more perfect version of hiking footwear.

  • Be sure to try on new versions to compare them with your well loved model.
  • Keep an open mind!

Need insoles that fit wide hiking boots?

The interior volume of your hiking footwear is important when you're hiking with wide feet.

The design may not leave a lot of room for your socks and feet unless you remove the insoles.

But that may create new problems.

Solution? Swap out the insoles for something designed for wide feet.

This company is all set to help you out: TreadLabs.

Check out their insoles for wide feet that work hard to cushion and protect you from impacts.

If you want more tips on how to use hiking boot insoles, read this.

I reviewed TreadLabs insoles here.

Pace Wide Insoles | Extra Firm Insoles For Wide Feet - Tread Labs

Embrace hiking with wide feet

Don't let the width of your feet slow you down.

(Ha! A hobbit foot just flashed through my mind. Embrace the width!)

Take good care of your wide feet with my foot care tips for hikers.

BTW, If you've found other brands of footwear that makes hiking with wide feet a good experience for you, drop me a line here.

I'll add it to our list so we can help our virtual trail friends.

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