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My old boots are dying. Sadly it took me quite some time to find them, and the particular brand is not made anymore. I have wide feet, like 4E wide, but some 2E boots will fit fine. Unfortunately most hiking footwear I find is way too narrow. For instance when trying to find good wet shoes for river hiking, I had to try 16 different shoes and 5 different brands.

What brands are well known for wider sizes?

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I don't know which brands are good at that width, but zappos lets you search their database based on width. The following link is supposed to be for 2E and up: zappos.com/mens-shoes~oS –  Justin C Mar 7 '12 at 15:36
    
@JustinC -- I never considered zappos for hiking, thank you for the suggestion. (FWIW though I tried it and I don't think their search is accurate, it returns boots for EE that I know are not EE). –  Russell Steen Mar 7 '12 at 17:58
    
that is why I didn't make it an actual answer. I got my last pair of Merrell boots from Zappos because of the free return policy. I have long and narrow feet and struggle to find boots that fit well, so I tend to go through a few before I settle on one and at size 14 I rarely find stores that carry enough supply at my size. –  Justin C Mar 7 '12 at 21:17
    
Only ones I've found are some so-so New Balance ones that are similar to the Dunhams/Durhams you already have. Most other brands, like Merrell, make insanely narrow shoes. –  Clare Steen Mar 13 '12 at 15:54

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Finally ran into another article on this

New Balance, when you can find them, are definitely sized properly. My clouds are even still on amazon (I was told by the NB store near here that they are no longer made).

Asolo should be sized correctly based on my reading, but sadly they have no distributors in the US, according to their site. ( Oddly, if you select USA, the only city they list is in Lebanon O.o ) They can be had on Amazon, and they do carry 2E widths in some models

Merrels have supposedly fixed their notoriously narrow frame in the last year. I'll check some out at REI and report back.

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Scarpa have the widest fit I have found. I have particularly wide feet so always struggle to find something comfortable, but my last two pairs have been Scarpa SLs and have both fitted great, and performed excellently.

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I wear Keen for my everyday shoes. The main reason I like them is the wide toe pocket. I've found that their sole isn't has hard wearing as (for instance) vibram soles I've had on other shoes, so I'm not sure how hard wearing their hiking boots are. Their Erickson PCT boot has the same shape toe though, so it might be worth trying on.

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My experience with Keens is that while their toebox is wide, the rest of the boot is too narrow for me. Thanks for the feedback though! –  Russell Steen Apr 11 '12 at 3:48

ll bean "duck" boots worked for me. I had initially ordered a different pair of ll bean boots but I had to retur them becuase they never "broke in" but I was able to exchange them for their diuck boots and I've never look back (had 'em 4 years already, no issues). I thought they looked a bit 'odd' when I first saw them, but I've forgetten about that now.

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