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?

  • 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
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    @Sue By closing, all you will have accomplished is preventing anyone with new information from answering – Charlie Brumbaugh Oct 9 '18 at 5:16
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    @Sue 5000 people have found it useful – Charlie Brumbaugh Oct 9 '18 at 5:24
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    @Sue Then everyone who ends up reading it later will just see that we don't bother to help. Its highly frustrating to arrive at a question from Google and find it closed – Charlie Brumbaugh Oct 9 '18 at 5:24

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 find this difficult to believe, if not totally inaccurate. I fit and sold boots/shoes for a good few years and Scarpa were reknown for having a slimmer fit. Backed by my own observations while fitting people. – Gabriel C. Oct 11 '18 at 13:22

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.

  • 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

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. (Update: Merrels have become pretty good on width and are my go-to for wider shoes that fit well)

  • The article link seems to go nowhere in particular. You appear to conflate New Balance with Dunham (part of Rockport). What am i missing? – Martin F Oct 9 '18 at 1:51
  • Also, your amzon/asolo link doesn't seem to offer different widths. – Martin F Oct 9 '18 at 2:07
  • @MartinF, I wanted to tell you one other thing while you're trying to reach this particular user. He hasn't been to the site or the SE Network since December of 2017. I'm not saying he won't ever come back and help you clarify this post. I just wouldn't necessarily expect it. Since he also asked the question, I'm going to leave you this message there too. Thank you for taking the time and patience to assist people with their posts! It's a really important contribution, and we appreciate it! – Sue Oct 9 '18 at 4:19

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


There's a website called Run Repeat that bills itself as "#1 Sports Shoe Review Site". It does meta analyses of shoe reviews.

In the search rankings-of-wide-hiking-boots is a list of high ranking models of hiking boots that are available in standard and wide widths. It is "based on reviews from 195 experts and 9,986 users" (as of Oct 2018). The brands that appear in the top 20 models are as follows:

If you search for hiking shoes or sandals on the same site, these brands appear on the top 12 models list:

Note that when asking for wide-fitting boots/shoes in a store (or on an outdoors advice site) one often hears comments such as "brand_x tends to have wider models". While some of those brands may have boots that exist in wider versions you will often find that only the standard widths are actually available and that, while they may be slightly wider than average, the offerings are simply not wide enough for those of us who have wide feet.

If you have very difficult-to-fit feet, and can afford it, you have the option to get custom-made boots.

The first two offer hand-made leather boots while Tecnica offers customizable liners (like some ski boot brands).

  • As for your comment, I feel like adding links to a few of those models would be helpful. Links are always great so we can see specific features, and in case that review site goes down, people can still learn from your research That's just me though! Please don't let me sway you! – Sue Oct 13 '18 at 0:01

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