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Waterproof, Wide booties

Need recommendations for comfortable, waterproof, non skid booties with wide toe box.
Thanks,gladys

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Gladys, Check on the Teva De La vina boots. I They have taken me all over Italy and Ireland two years in a row. Very comfortable for all day walking, waterproof and stylish enough. I did replace the insole. They are plenty wide throughout the shoe part, I think. They come in a bootie and knee length .Bought mine from Amazon. Hope this helps.

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Merrill Moab both boots & shoes. I sometimes wear my yak tracks too depending on icy conditions.
The way you tie them can open up the toe box too.

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I checked both of the suggestions given but neither one comes in wide width.
Thanks
Gladys

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Last year, I randomly bought a pair of Blundstone boots because I thought they were fun-looking. I put them on and was blown away. Comfortable right from the start with a wide toe box. I can walk everywhere in them. Waterproof. Good soles. https://www.blundstone.com

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Try Ariat or Danner. They make wide size women's shoes and boots. I've worn them for years (the mens). They last forever and are comfortable.

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Well, they don’t have booties but I’ve recently gotten a pr of waterproof Altra Lone Peak low cut athletic shoes. They are the only shoes that are wide enough to accommodate my very wide forefoot wearing Correct Toes toe spacers. They are really made for trail running but my experience with previous versions of the Lone Peak is that they do well in Europe on slick cobblestones.

The width is not listed as wide but they are a zero drop platform built to accommodate a natural toe splay so they are wide. I’ve not particularly looked for booties but I’ve tried hard to find waterproof footwear in a wide width over the last few years. The usual Merrills/Keen/Ahnu suggestions are not wide enough for my slab-like feet.

I have not been able to test them in rain or snow because we haven’t had any!! I do have an Altra waterproof hiking boot that is a different generation fabric but is very waterproof.

Are you looking for footwear for your Scotland trip?

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Looking for both Scotland trip and a trip
to Paris in April
Thanks
Gladys

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First of all, there must be a regional variation in language to call boots, booties. Interesting.
Secondly, take yourself into a good sporting goods store such ad REI or Cabellas and have them fit you with some good waterproof hiking shoes. Ahnu and Merell are two well known brands.

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I wondered which trips! You may not actually "need" waterproof boots/booties for either area. For cities, I've done fine with just my regular travel shoes (which as mentioned above are the Altra athletic shoes).

I was in Paris in April in 2017 and while it was very cold and windy the first few days (33F when we landed and this was maybe the 27th or so of April) there was no need for waterproof shoes. I did appreciate my waterproof jacket as it also works to block wind.

I visited Scotland last June on a RS tour and we had one day that was wet, wet, wet and I would have appreciated waterproof shoes. I didn't have them and just took out the insole when we got back to the hotel, placed then on the floor of the bathroom under the heated towel rack and they were dry by morning. I did have a back up pair of shoes and a couple of plastic bags in case I needed to pack wet shoes.

You may "want" them for a style thing but in my opinion the waterproof quality would not be needed unless you are going to do some hiking. You DO want good tread for some of the castles/cobbles.

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I don't specifically look for wide widths, but I'm verging on the need for that. I always check the toe box because I have a "thick" foot that needs space. That means I need shoes with laces that I can adjust, even though I wear Sockwell Circulator socks to keep the swelling down.

I have 2 pairs of Ahnu Montara boots that work. They are high tops, waterproof and provide excellent support.

I've tried Teva de la Vinas in a very cute style and it took only a few hours in the truck to realize they were not going to work at all. In fact, anytime I try something the least bit fashionable, it's a mistake.

I recently ordered a size 10 in these Teva Arrowood 2s, have been wearing them regularly, and I think they are going to be fine. There's great support and the ankle isn't quite so high as the Ahnus.

Another store/brand I like is Walking Company/Abeo. You will find some wide shoes there, along with those that have special differences or free orthotics.

I agree that you should visit an outdoor store like REI (where I first tried the Ahnus) or a comfort shoe store like the Walking Company that has good walking shoes that don't look like something Frankenstein would wear. You might be surprised by finding shoes that work for your feet that aren't marked as wide.

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Give Altra a serious look. Huge toe box, zero drop, superb cushioning. I wear Showers Pass waterproof socks with my Altras if the weather is weirdly wet.

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Gladys, check out Clarks. I need a wide toe box as well. The booties I bought at Nordstrom a few years ago have a low heel and sleek finish, so they work with jeans or dressy pants. Plus they are waterproof. I bought them a little big as well so I can wear them with an insole and thick socks. They are similar to their "Addiy Terri" boots shown on their website. https://www.clarksusa.com/c/Addiy-Terri/p/26136390 Good luck!

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Hi Galdys, my go-to brands are Vionic and Aetrex! They both make great booties and I have worn both brands extensively through Europe. They have wide sizes and the bottoms offer the grip you need for cobblestones and those slick museum floors. I always felt sure footed in them. The shoes are also very attractive and I wear them with everything. If I am traveling in the summer they make great sandals also, with most having Velcro allowing you to adjust as needed. My search is over! You can purchase on Zappos and Amazon.