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 sneakers for women with wide feet.
Are you having a hard time finding a pair of waterproof, lightweight, and comfortable hiking sneakers that are capable of accommodating the shape of your wide feet? Do you feel like all of the hiking sneakers that you try on your feet feel too tight and pinch your toes? I have put together a selection of the best hiking sneakers for women with wide feet, and I will show you these hiking sneakers shortly.
Some women who already tried the hiking sneakers I recommend told me how they fit like a glove. They also loved how the tongue of the hiking sneakers attaches to the vamp which prevents water and dirt from getting inside the shoes.
I know which hiking sneakers are better than others from having fitted them before. I work for a specialized shoe store that helps women with “complicated” foot shapes find the correct pair of shoes for their feet. I have helped hundreds of women with wide feet find comfortable shoes for their feet, and I believe I can help you too.
What Makes the Hiking Sneakers I Recommend Effective for Wide Feet?
The hiking sneakers I recommend are available in wide (“W”, “EE”) and extra wide (“XW”, “EEEE”) widths. However, in addition to being available in wide widths, the hiking sneakers provide 2 additional key features that make them ideal for women with wide feet:
☑️ Extra Depth: This feature allows the feet to fit deeply inside the shoes, preventing the top part of the feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. This feature is ideal for women with wide feet and high insteps. Do you know what the instep of the foot is? The instep is the top part of the foot, and when it’s high, it makes it more challenging to find shoes that fit.
Let me help you visualize the difference between one of the hiking boots I recommend and a different style. The shoes below are the same length and width, but do you notice how the hiking sneaker on the right image is a lot deeper compared to the one on the left?
☑️ Rounder Toe-Boxes: This feature helps prevent your toes from overlapping and rubbing against one another or the side of the shoes.
Take a look at the image below to see the difference between one of the hiking sneakers I recommend and a different style. Do you notice how the hiking sneaker on the right has a rounder toe-box compared to the hiking sneaker on the left?
These are exactly the type of hiking sneakers you need for your wide feet!
Before I show you a selection of the best hiking sneakers for women with wide feet I want to make sure that you know your exact foot length. If you don’t know your exact foot length and shape you won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online.
Do you Know Your Exact Foot Size and Whether You Have a High Instep or Not?
Most women always buy the same shoe size simply because that’s the shoe size that they have worn for years. Did you know that just because you have worn a certain size for most of your life that doesn’t mean that your foot size has not changed? As we age the body’s ligaments and tendons lose their strength and ability to spring back, which means that our arches decrease, which flattens and lengthens the foot and toes. This often results in an increase in shoe size by a half-size or more.
In addition, do you know whether you have wide, or extra wide feet? Some women believe they have wide feet when in fact their feet are extra wide. Do you know whether you have a high arch or a high instep? I help women determine their exact foot shape in a different article I wrote called:
3 Additional Awesome Features of the Hiking Sneakers I Recommend
In addition to fitting the shape of your wide feet, the hiking sneakers I recommend provide 3 awesome features that most women love:
☑️ Waterproof: The hiking sneakers I recommend are fully waterproof which helps keep the feet dry at all times. The boots come with a mesh upper that allows the feet to breathe, so your feet won’t sweat excessively inside these shoes.
☑️ Lightweight and Flexible: These hiking sneakers won’t feel heavy on your feet as they are lightweight and flexible. It’s important that your feet and legs don’t get tired easily, specially when going hiking.
☑️ Durable: The sneakers are extremely well-made and come with an abrasion resistant rubber toe cap for maximum durability. The outsole of the shoes provides excellent traction and it’s extremelly durable.
Best Hiking Sneakers for Women with Wide Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The hiking sneakers I recommend are available in different widths such as wide (W), and extra wide (X-Wide), so make sure that you order your foot width accordingly.
What Shoe Size Should You Order?
Take a look at the description below the shoes that I recommended to find out what shoe size you should order.
These hiking sneakers provide excellent support, but if you feel like you need extra support you can always fit an insole inside them. Just make sure that you remove the original insoles of the sneakers before you place the new insoles or orthotics.
Keep in mind that hiking sneakers are always going to feel stiffer compared to running shoes, but that’s because of the waterproof material of the shoe.
How effective these sneakers will be in accommodating your wide feet depends on your foot anatomy, so if after trying any of these sneakers they still feel too tight I suggest that you send me an email and I will show you what steps to take next:
Good Hiking Socks for Women with Wide Feet
Before you leave I wanted to mention that the socks you wear to your hike play a key role in keeping your feet comfortable and healthy.
There are certain hiking socks that provide extra cushion to targeted areas of your feet, and these are the type of socks you need to look for to keep your feet healthy while hiking. These socks will also prevent your feet from rubbing against your hiking shoes, preventing the formation of blisters around the toes or the ankles.
If you want to learn about the best hiking socks for women take a look at a different article I wrote called:
Finding a pair of hiking sneakers for women with wide feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience. Let me know in the comment section below if you have found a specific hiking sneaker that has worked well for your feet, that way other women can benefit from your experiences.