Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best hiking shoes for women with bunions.
Are you having a difficult time finding a pair of hiking shoes to accommodate your bunions? Do you feel like every hiking shoe style that you try is too narrow and puts pressure on your bunions? Finding a pair of hiking shoes to accommodate your bunions can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for.
To clarify, a bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big or little toe. It forms when your big toe/little toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe/little toe to get bigger and stick out. Sometimes, the skin over the bunion might be a little bit red and/or sore.
Besides being painful and making you feel uncomfortable, bunions can also make the rest of your toes more prone to develop issues, since bunions might make your toes overlap and rub against each other. Notice how this woman also developed blisters and corns on her toes from having a bunion.
The main problem with bunions is trying to fit them in the right shoes. Moreover, not all hiking shoes have styles that will be able to accommodate your bunion, in fact, there will be only a small selection of these hiking shoes.
Finding a pair of hiking shoes that will accommodate your bunion takes more than just choosing a hiking shoe that is labeled as wide (“W”) or extra wide (“XW”). The hiking shoes must also be deep, that way your feet will sit deeply inside the shoe and this feature will also accommodate your instep.
What Makes the Hiking Shoes I Recommend Effective for Women with Bunions?
Deep hiking shoes that come with a round toe-box are the most effective ones when it comes to preventing and treating bunions. When you fit your feet in a pair of deep hiking shoes, the feet will fit deeply inside the shoes, and this will prevent the feet from rubbing against the top or the sides of the shoes. Also, hiking shoes with a round toe-box will prevent your small toe or the bunion from being cramped against the shoe.
Let me show you an example of a hiking boot that comes with a round toe-box:
Most women are confused as to how they are supposed to find hiking shoes that provide those two important features since shoes don’t come labeled with a round “toe-box”. The good news is that I will help you find them!
I have been working for a specialized shoe store for the last 10 years where I help women find the correct type of shoes and orthotics to reduce or fully eliminate the foot and leg pain that they were having. We specialize in women with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.
I can tell you that the most common mistake that women make when trying to find shoes for their bunions is to think that they just need to find a pair of wider shoes, when in reality, the two most important features that they need to look for is shoes that come with extra depth and a round toe-box.
I am going to show you a selection of the best hiking shoes for women with bunions shortly, but first I want to make sure you know your exact foot size and the features that these hiking shoes have to offer.
Are You 100% Sure You Know Your Exact Foot Size? – Let’s Find Out!
Bear in mind that to get all the benefits and features that a good hiking shoe provides, you must wear them in the correct shoe size. Most women are walking around with shoes that are either too short or too narrow for their feet.
It’s important to know your exact foot size, especially if you are going to be buying your shoes online.
Start by reading an article that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home. Please click on the link below:
Once you figure out your exact foot size, you will need to know how that particular shoe style that you are trying fits short, long, narrow, wide, or true to size, and based on how it fits, you will need to adjust the size that you get for yourself.
Best Hiking Shoes for Bunions – The 5 Most Important Features!
Besides being deep and coming with a round toe-box, the hiking shoe styles that I describe below provide the following features:
✅ Substantial/Supportive Outsole: This will help reduce the impact that your feet and legs take every time they become in contact with the ground.
✅ Firm Heel Counter: This feature will cushion, support, and protect your ankles.
✅ Traction: The hiking shoe must provide good traction to prevent you from slipping and falling, especially when walking on slippery surfaces.
✅ Lightweight/Flexible: While the hiking shoes must be supportive, they must also be lightweight and flexible at the same time. These features will prevent your feet from easily getting tired.
✅ Waterproof: This is a very important feature since waterproof hiking boots are extremely versatile. They will keep your feet dry and warm, and you will be able to use the hiking shoes for those rainy days instead of a rainboot.
Remember that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular hiking shoe style provides, if the shoe is not fitted properly, you will not get any of the benefits that the hiking shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you can end up creating all sorts of foot issues to your feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Now that you know what features the shoes must provide and how to figure out your foot size from home, you are ready to see a selection of the best hiking shoes for women with bunions.
I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
The Best Hiking Shoes for Women with Bunions ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Below you can find a selection of the best hiking shoes for women with bunions. These boots are available in medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW) widths.
Keep in consideration that shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run you will need to adjust the size that you get for yourself.
I recommend that you wear half a size longer than the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale to prevent your toes from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes.
What Shoe Size Should You Order?
Take a look at the description below the boots that I recommended to find out what shoe size you should order.
Now that you know which are the best hiking shoes for women with bunions you are ready to make the most informed decision.
The Best Hiking Socks – Breathable and Durable!
Before you leave, I want to let you know or remind you that socks play a key role in keeping your feet healthy. Socks act as a barrier between your feet and the hiking shoes, and they prevent the formation of bacteria inside your shoes.
Socks also prevent your feet from rubbing against parts of the shoes, preventing the formation of blisters around the toes or the ankles.
There are certain hiking socks that come with extra cushion for targeted areas of the feet, and those are the kind you will need to keep your feet comfortable when hiking.
So, if you want to get a good pair of hiking socks you can take a look at my article below.
In addition, if you need a pair of hiking boots for your child that has developed a bunion, then you can take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best shoe styles that help treat and prevent bunions. Please click on the link below.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style to accommodate the shape of your feet. It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will accommodate the shape of your feet, and I will help you find it:
Have you tried the hiking shoes that I recommend in this article? Have you found another hiking shoe style that has worked well for you and that you would like to recommend? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other women can benefit from your experiences.