Is there any chance you might review the best hiking boots for women at some point recently? I am going on a 3-day walk and need new boots to get me through it. I have fibromas, hallux limitus, and plantar fasciitis, with a wide front and narrow back of my feet!! It’s not easy to get something comfy.
As you know, nothing can ruin a long hike more than blisters, aggravated foot conditions, pinched toes and aching heels! I’m not a serious hiker, but I love a long walk off the beaten path. I understand that regular fitness shoes just don’t cut it when you need better ankle support and traction. Let me see if I can point you in the right direction down the trail to finding the best hiking boots or shoes for you.
The ever-popular Ahnu Sugarpine Collection pictured above offers not just hiking boots, but a new mesh hiking shoe that’s lightweight and breathable for summertime hikes. The Ahnu Sugarpine Mesh “Performance Shoe” features a mesh upper that keeps the feet cool with waterproof leather overlays for structure and lateral support. A nylon shank and arch support offer even more stability while a EVA midsole provides cushion and shock-absorption. The Vibram® outsole is slip-resistant.
Customer reviews repeatedly mention the roomy toe box and ability to accommodate an orthotic or insole if more arch support is needed. From nurses and teachers to dog-walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, the Ahnu Sugarpine Mesh is a crowd favorite. I recommend ordering a half size up if you plan on wearing a thicker sock or if your foot runs wide. Available for $110 at Ahnu.com ($66 for last season’s colors), free shipping and returns, $54-109 at Amazon, See the whole collection of Sugarpine hiking footwear by Ahnu for ankle and fully waterproof boots.
This is my hiking boot, the Merrell Salida Mid Waterproof. I picked it before a trip to Sonoma, Arizona, as I wanted to be comfortable while scrambling up the red rock formations and have had good experience with other Merrell outdoor footwear. My feet and ankles felt secure it these not only on flat ground but through the unpredictable ups and downs of a red rock hiking path. You can read my full review here. The Merrell Salida Mid Waterproof is available for $130 at Zappos, $130 at Merrell.com, $119-140 at Amazon, free shipping and returns.
For as clunky as Keen shoes and boots look, you have to give them credit for amping up the style factor with these Targhee hiking boots and shoes: teal laces and leather uppers, soft taupes and grays. Not only is the toe box wide to accommodate bunions, but it also has good height so hammertoes won’t feel jammed and irritated.
If you have wide feet, I think you’ll like the feel of the Keen Targhee II–customers remark that it does run wide and doesn’t feel too snug even with a hiking sock. If you wear orthotics or have a favorite insert, it should fit well into the Targhee II (which has a removable insole). Keen recommends that you do order up a half size as this boot runs a bit short in length. I suggest ordering your normal size and a half size up just to be sure (you can always take advantage of free return shipping). $135 at Zappos, $79-135 at Amazon, $134.95 at The Walking Company. The Keen Targhee II is available in a hiking shoe (top photo) for $125 at Zappos, $73-138 at Amazon.
Have you heard of Oboz? If you’ve tried Keen and Merrell but just can’t get a good fit or need more arch support, give these hikers a whirl. The Sawtooth Low BDry features unbeatable traction, arch support and a deep heel cup to stabilize the foot. Customers comment that the fit is good–roomy across the forefoot, narrower at the heel for a snug fit. The Sawtooth Low BDry gets high marks for waterproof protection. $135 at OnlineShoes.com, $131 at Amazon, $135 at Zappos.
Honorable Mention: New Balance 1400v1 (comes in medium, wide and extra wide widths), Vasque Talus Trek UltraDry (available in wide widths). For narrow feet, try Asolo hiking boots and shoes for a good fit.