Best Hiking Boots for Wide Feet for Men and Women6 min read

By Ben Griffin

Hiker Extraordinaire

Have wide feet? I do and finding hiking boots has always been a challenge.

In this article, I’m going give you the inside scoop on the boots I wear, why I wear them, and how your can find the perfect set for your own feet.

Ready to find the perfect pair? Let’s go!

The Shortlist My Picks for Mens Wide Boots

Mens Wide Hiking Boots Best Feature MY Grade
Timberland Ledge Mens Waterproof Hiking Boots Waterproof, true fit, and well constructed. My first choice. A ๐Ÿ…
Columbia Men's Newton Ridge Plus Ii Waterproof Hiking Boot Great arch support, heavy duty, and an excellent value A-
KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Shoe High ankle support, soft toe, breathable material B+
Propet Men's Cliff Walker Boot Very wide to accommodate extra wide feet B
Dunham Men's Cloud Mid-Cut Waterproof Boot Very durable B

^^Below, I’ve written more detailed reviews, but you can click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.

Best Hiking Boots for Women with Wide Feet in 2018

Photo Best Women's Hiking Shoes Best Feature My Grade
Timberland Womens White Ledge Hiking Boots Very durable, light, and suitable for most hiking conditions. My top pick! A ๐Ÿ…
Merrell Women's Siren Sport 2 Lowcut shoe perfect for summer hiking A-
New Balance Women's Ww1400v1 High ankle support B
Timberland Womens Chocorua Fully water proof and long lasting A-
Timberland Womens Norwood Waterproof Boots Waterproof and a great value B+

^^Below, I’ve written more detailed reviews, but you can click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.

Why Are Wide Hiking Boots Important For People with Wide Feet?

If you have wide feet, you know how much of a bummer it is to walk in narrow shoes.

The hiking boots that you wear must have an ideal fit.

So it is common sense that if you have wide feet, you will choose a pair of hiking boots meant to fit your feet.

If you go around wearing shoes that are too tight for you, not only are you getting blisters but also risking the chances of injuries.

And letโ€™s be honest, you will not be able to enjoy a hike with sore feet.

The wide hiking boots generally have a wider toe box which is going to ensure protection, support and not to mention comfort for your feet.

Wide hiking boots are exclusively designed by keeping wide feet in mind.

Hence, they have all the necessary features required for wide feet people while hiking.

They provide excellent support to the ankle and arch and have just the perfect amount of padding in all the right places.

You can even use these boots for everyday use.

You will not only have a comfortable fit all day long but also save money, which would otherwise be spent on buying an extra pair of shoes.

How To Choose Hiking Boots When you Have Wide Feet?

Generally, shoes are manufactured by keeping average feet in mind.

However, many companies such as Merrell and Timberland have been coming up with new shoes which are specially designed for people with wide feet.

Now of course, the first thing you will look for while buying such hiking boots is whether they fit you or not.

But apart from the fit to you want to look at some other features which I have listed below:

Wide Toe Box

When you have wide feet, the first thing you will have to look for while buying hiking boots is the toe box.

The toe box is the front part of the boots which protect your toes.

Shoes with wider toe box are more comfortable to wear and will give you an ideal fit.

These kind of shoes are bigger at the front than the rear part of the boots.

This will allow you to correctly position your feet.

Fit

Next you want to pay attention to the fit of the shoes.

You want to buy a boot with the snug fit.

You also want to stay away from too tight or narrow shoes as such kind of shoes are bound to cause blisters and pain.

The manufacturers of shoes clearly label shoes which are made for wide feet.

You can fish through these collections and find the shoes which have the perfect size required by you.

Material

Materials play an important role when it comes to the shoes you buy.

The materials of the hiking boots need to be of high quality.

They must be sturdy and durable.

Air must be able to circulate properly through the material.

It is always great to purchase hiking boots which are made using waterproof or water resistant materials as you will be able to wear such boots in all kinds of weathers.

Hiking boots are generally made from leather, synthetic or rubber.

Rubber boots are the most waterproof, comfortable and long lasting among all the materials.

The synthetic boots are comfortable, waterproof and inexpensive whereas the leather boots are stronger and more durable.

Warmth & Comfort

The hiking boots must keep your feet warm.

Even though shoes for wide feet tend to be more spacious, it does not mean they can compromise on the warmth.

Boots which have gusseted tongue or Thinsulate technology will provide extra warmth to you.

Also, the materials and sole of the boots must be thick for capturing the heat better.

Your hiking boots must also be comfortable.

They should not cause you any pain or blisters.

You must be able to walk in the shoes for a prolonged period of time without any difficulty.

Hiking boots with extra cushioning on the foot bed, more padding or EVA technology are more comfortable, compared to boots which are not equipped with such features.

The boots must be flexible with secure lacing in order to be comfortable.

Arch & Ankle Support

A high boot shaft ensures that your legs are well-shielded; as a result, in such boots the protection and arch support is more.

Arch and ankle support are a must requisite for hiking boots.

The chances of injuries and discomfort will be less with more arch and ankle support.

So, it is a good idea to stick to hiking boots which have a shaft measurement of more than 4 inches for extra support, protection and comfort.

Boot Parts

The major boot parts you want to pay attention to are the outsole and insole of the boots.

The outer sole must be thick with deep treads so that the gripping and traction of the boots are ideal for all kinds of terrains and climates.

The insoles need to have optimum cushioning and padding for the required comfort and protection.

The insole must be flexible and supple.

Other Features

You can also check for some extra features in the hiking boots.

Some features which are available in hiking boots today are minimalist design, great style, versatility, snug fit, lightweight, Ghillie lacing system, EVA midsole and so on.

Wrapping Up The Best Hiking Boots for Men & Women with Wide Feet

So there you have it, a simple overview to finding great boots for your wide feet.

In short, for my women’s selection,

the Timerberland White Ledge

as they offer excellent value, durability, and can be used for hiking in most every terrain.

My pick for the best boot for men with wide feet is the male version of the same boot, the

Timberland Ledge Mens Boot

as these are the boots I wear when hiking and also in my yard/around the house.

Anyhow, that’s it for today’s article.

If you have experience with any of the boots mentioned (or you have another recommendation) please drop me a line at ben@hikersonrun.com

For those of you who don’t use it, I also recommend boot oil for any leather outdoor boots.

Boot oil prolongs the life of your boots and keeps the water out when you are hiking.

Until next time! Ben

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