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women's wide hiking shoes

I have some wide Keen hiking shoes which are showing signs of wear and wanted to replace them before going to Italy this August. But Keen hiking shoes for women no longer seem to come in wide. I need a very wide shoe box (is that the right term?). I had some wide Merrill's that I gave to my niece after getting blisters between my toes while hiking in Greece.

I found that hiking shoes still have much more ankle support than ordinary sneakers without the bulk of hiking boors. I have weak ankles so important when on uneven surfaces.

Any suggestions? I tried reading reviews of wide hiking shoes but most are not for wide.

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Keen does still have Wide - it's on Amazon and their website, and occasionally on Zappos.
I also LOVE HOKAs - they are my new favorite work shoe
Brooks also has wides.

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Do men's shoes run wider, for your 'size' ( i.e., length) than the women's versions?

Whether they would be as fashionable, is a subjective thing, but from the functional aspect, is that a possible solution?

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To answer the question about mens' shoes, yes, they occasionally work, as can childrens' shoes for woman who have shorter feet. I have wide feet and high arches. I have hiking boots from LLbean where I often find shoes in a wide width. Just a quick look and I saw these. https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/91623?page=womens-trail-model-hiker-4-waterproof-low-womens&bc=474-630&feat=630-GN1&csp=f&pos=5. I also do a lot of ordering from DSW for wide widths. I have bricks and mortar DSW close for any returns.

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Thanks for the responses!

My heel is too narrow for men's shoes.

I have the Keen Voyageur but I do not see it on either Amazon or the Keen site in wide.

Some of the suggestions may work. I found some Brooks ones- in wide-they are trail runners as opposed to hiking shoes. Not sure what the difference is....

I like the Hoka Challenger. It is Goretex though which reviewers said was hotter and I do live in Florida....

I think I will order these and see what I think.

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I need a wide toe box and have a relatively narrow heel. I've been wearing Oboz for a couple of years now. They have versions with and without waterproof membranes.

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HOKA has lots of styles made for different activities - I love the Bondi 6 or 7 - they are the most supportive - I'm a Nurse and walk and stand on concrete floors for 10-12 hours a day, so the Bondi is what was recommended for support and standing/walking - be sure to get the style for hiking - they are great with responding to emails.

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I also struggle with needing arch support and a wide toe box. I bought North Face hiking boots years ago, and they have been the most comfortable footwear for all my European trips. I’ve walked many miles on cobblestone streets in them. I notice that North Face also makes hiking shoes. I also have a pair of Dansko walking shoes with a wide comfortable toe box.

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I’ve worn nothing but Altra Zero Drop athletic shoes and hiking boots for years. I also have a very wide forefoot and narrow heel so men’s shoes don’t really work for me. I wear the Lone Peak style and have them in regular as well as waterproof and have had the boots as well. They may or may not work for your issues. The “Zero drop” means no heel height - heel is the same level as forefoot. I came to them from wearing a negative heel so did not have a transition period but if someone is used to having heels elevated it may take some time to lengthen the achilles again.

I wear Injinji brand toe socks which helps with toe blisters. I also use Correct Toes toe spacers which has helped strengthen my feet and ankles and prevented recurrence of plantar fasciitis. Take a look at some of the you tube videos from Dr Ray McClanahan if you are interested in the concept.

I generally order the Altras from Zappos as I wear an 11 and no shoe stores here seem to carry above a 10. If you do decide to try them out I’d suggest you order 2 sizes as they run a little small length-wise.

I’ll add that I just got back from a couple of weeks in Yellowstone and noticed a number of women wearing Hokas. I’ve never tried them but it was surprising to notice how many had them on.

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So many ideas! Thank you very much. I started by ordering the New Balance ones. I currently have some New Balance sneakers and they are wide enough so seemed like a better bet.

And Pam-I didn't know there were socks like these! I often end up wrapping my toes in tape to prevent hot spots between my toes becoming blisters. These might be a better solution. Are these comfortable all day?

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Oh yes...they are very comfortable. I just ordered 3 more pairs of the Performance Run lightweight ultra-thin cushioning style. I got 1 mini-crew and 2 no-show lengths. As mentioned I wear an 11 and the Mediums work great.

I just got back from Yellowstone and it was HOT. These worked great for long days in the geyser basins which are even hotter. No blisters, no hot spots. On my geyser days I walked between 5 and 9 miles a day with these socks.

I ordered directly from Injinji and got prompt accurate service.

I’ve also got their compression socks which I wear when I fly.

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You may try KEEN Voyageur, which is designed so that it is proportional to your height. These products are very effective and consistent.

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Try Oboz, I have an extra wide foot and have bought 3 pairs over the last 15 years, there are a few options for higher or lower on your ankle. Also, try 1 half size larger than your normal size.

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Thanks everyone. I have ordered the New Balance ones in 8 and 8.5 and both in Wide and Extra Wide. Hoping one will work but if not will try others recommended. I like the fact they come in Extra wide and I have successfully worn other New Balance shoes.

Also ordered one pair of toe socks. They look like a great solution to my tendency to get blisters between toes when I walk more than 5 miles even in well fitting shoes. Sizing is different though than what I am used to. My 8-8.5 size is upper end of small so wanted to make sure fits before ordering more. It would seem it would be a bad idea to have toe socks too loose but have never thought of myself as having small feet!

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Sizing is different though than what I am used to.

For sure. Yes, try a pair to see how they work. I always think I am going to remember which size I use but never do. I think I keep the card they are on then throw it away before I remember it’s for sizing!