The Best Wide Hiking Boots for Women – Supportive, Lighweight, and Durable!

Wide Hiking Boots For Women

Are you a huge fan of hikes? Are you aware that women’s hiking boots in wide widths exist? Hiking boots for women have become very popular for the versatility that they provide. For example, some women decide to purchase a pair of insulated waterproof hiking boots instead of buying a pair of snow boots.


If you are going hiking in a pair of boots that are too narrow, you will create all sort of issues to your feet and you WON’T end up enjoying your hike.

Most women with wide feet miss out on buying hiking boots simply because they don’t know that there is also a selection of hiking boots that fit wider feet!

I feel like a hiking boot is so much more versatile than a snow boot since it is much lighter-weight, flexible, supportive, and it allows you to wear it for longer periods of time.

Do you have wide or extra wide feet with a high instep and always have a hard time finding shoes that FIT? I have fitted a small selection of women hiking boots that fit women with extra wide feet and a high instep.

I have been working for a specialized family shoe store for the last 10 years, and we specialize in people with foot and leg issues, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the best fitting and most supportive shoes as well as orthotics.

If you hike with any regularity, consider investing in a good pair of hiking boots for yourself so that you can be prepared for the changing trail conditions, including hills, uneven surfaces and rocks. Moreover, going for hiking adventures is a great way to exercise and spend time outdoors and also enjoy nature!

It is very important that you protect and support your feet every step of the adventure by using a good pair of hiking boots that are supportive and waterproof. Hiking boots are not just for going to hiking adventures, they are also great for those yucky, rainy days, when we want to keep our feet warm and dry!

Choosing the right type of hiking boots is surely not an easy task since they all come with different features. Some of the features are:

  • Better traction.
  • Support.
  • Waterproof.
  • Insulated.
  • Higher ankle coverage.

I always recommend hiking boots that are waterproof since that feature makes it a much more functional shoe and allows you to also wear them in the snow, as long as it is also insulated as well!

In this post, I will describe the best wide hiking boots for women and which are the features that they must provide! The selection of boots I will provide you with will fit a woman with wide or extra wide feet and a HIGH INSTEP.

The Best Women Winter Boots

Hiking Boots vs Snow Boots – Learn the Difference!

The principal difference between these two is that you can wear a hiking boot daily, on rainy or snowy days, or when you go for a hike in the mountains! However, a snow boot is only meant to be worn for a very short period of time (no more than 5 hours a day) since they tend to be heavier and less flexible than hiking boots.

Essentially, snow boots are only meant to be worn when it snows or when there is extremely cold weather. Of course, some women prefer to get both a hiking boot and a snow boot, but if you are looking to save some money, I would recommend that you get yourself a pair of insulated hiking boots!

Keep in mind that hiking boots tend to be much more comfortable than snow boots, since they provide better support.

You can be rest assured that you will get much more use out of them, and you will also be able to wear them in the rain and snow!

Perks of Hiking – Get your Hiking Boots Ready!

You might already know that hiking outdoors has plenty of perks: fresh air, awesome views, and the incomparably sounds and smells of nature.

Did you know that hiking is a powerful cardio workout that can do the following things for you?

  • Help control your weight
  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Strengthen your core
  • Boost your mood
  • Boost bone density, since walking is a weight-bearing exercise
  • Build strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles in your hips and lower legs
  • Improve balance

However, nobody wants to hike in a pair of boots that are too narrow, since this will actually lead to foot issues such as blisters, calluses, or corns.

Wide Hiking Boots For Women

INTERESTING FACT: Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety,” says Gregory A. Miller, PhD, president of the American Hiking Society. “Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that.”

Waterproof Hiking Boots – Get all the Benefits!

At the shoe store that I work for most of the hiking boots that we carry are waterproof.  The main purpose of a hiking boot is to keep your feet warm and dry when going for a hike or even when walking on a rainy day! You have to be careful when choosing a hiking boot for you, since most of them are not waterproof!

In order to make sure the hiking boot is waterproof, it must say so on the boot!

So, if you don’t see a label that says waterproof, then it means that it’s NOT! See the picture below for clarification!

Waterproof Hiking Boot

In addition to the waterproof feature, hiking boots must provide good traction. This is meant specially for when walking on wet surfaces, since our feet may slip more. But, a hiking boot that provides good traction will prevent your child from slipping and falling!

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If you have wide feet with a high instep and you have been cramping your toes in hiking boots that are too narrow, you will be happy to know that no longer has to be the case!

Can you imagine going for a hike in hiking boots that are pinching your feet and toes? It will not only create all sort of foot problems, but it will also make your experience and adventure much less enjoyable.

Below you can find a selection of the best wide hiking boots for women that come in wide widths, are waterproof and provide good traction. Please click on the image to see all available colors the boots are available in.




All of these shoe styles fit “short”, which means that you need to go “whole size longer” of the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to prevent your toes from rubbing against the front or the side of the boots.

Do you have a child that needs a pair of wide hiking boots? Keep in mind that a lot of children have wide or extra wide feet and parents don’t realize this.  I have another website dedicated to children’s shoes and I wrote an article where I describe the best wide hiking boots for children and you can find it here:

The Best Hiking Boots For Kids – Finding A Wide And Waterproof Hiking Boot!

As always, my recommendation to women is to go to their local shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes accordingly. However, several women have contacted me asking me where they can buy their shoes online, since they don’t have a local shoe store that they like and trust near their area!

If you are one of these women, please refer to an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home:

How To Measure Your Foot Shoe Size – The Most Simple And Effective Way!

Please don’t forget that in order to get the full benefits that the boot (or any other shoe style) has to offer, you MUST wear the correct shoe size.

Always Wear the Correct Type of Socks with Your Hiking Boots!

You should know that there are certain socks that will feel better on your feet when hiking! The socks should be the same length of the hiking boot and I strongly recommend having you trying the hiking boots with the same type of socks that you will be wearing with the boots!

There are certain socks that will provide more warmth and cushioning for those really cold days. Also, using sock specifically meant for hiking boots will allow your feet to breathe better. The socks described below are made of merino wool, an ultra-soft, naturally anti-microbial, breathable material.

Here you can find a selection of the best hiking socks for women. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.

Remember, wearing the correct type of hiking boots are a great way of keeping your feet healthy and also enjoying a hike full of adventure and comfort!

Have you tried any of the hiking boots described in this article? Are there any particular hiking boots that come in wide widths that you recommend? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit it from them!









Easy to Fit


Schock Absorption



  • Fits Wide Feet
  • Long-Lasting Comfort
  • Aluminum-Toe Boots
  • Removable Insole
  • Excellent Traction
About Juan Pablo Valenzuela 151 Articles
My name is Juan Valenzuela and since I started fitting shoes in 2009, I have helped several women who claimed that their feet were too wide or too narrow to find that particular shoe style that they didn’t even know existed. Are you experiencing foot and leg pain? I have helped hundreds of women who were experiencing foot and pain due to not wearing the correct pair of shoes.Something so simple such as wearing the correct shoe size and the correct shoe style will keep your feet and legs healthy. I know which shoe brands and shoe styles are better than others from having fitted them before.


  1. I *just* found this website through your companion site for fitting children’s shoes. Thank you for providing such good information. Visiting the REI store and several other stores in my area, and then using Amazon Prime Wardrobe, I tried on at least 20 pairs of hiking boots last year in search of one that would fit my short but extra wide (early bunion) feet. I ended up buying the Merrell Moab 2 (waterproof) shoe that was your #1 recommendation in the wide width. They felt the best of all the ones I tried. Unfortunately, after taking them on our family’s Yellowstone trip, I discovered that even those hurt my bunions after a few miles. I had to go to alternate ways to lace (skipping eyelets) just to make it through the rest of our trip. I have very short but very wide feet. In length, I am usually on the short side of a size 5. In width, though, I need at least a 5.5 or 6 to fit. This puts many dress shoes out of my reach, since those really need to fit properly in length, and can’t be fudged a bit like athletic shoes or boots. Do you have recommendations on brands to try or specialized stores to visit to fit my problem feet? I really need dress shoes most of the time for my work. The shoes I wear most often are Ecco and Clarks. Neither sells a wide in size 5, so I’m usually sizing up to 5.5 or even 6 in their boots (often with an insert), or wearing a very soft leather flat that’s more forgiving in width. I also love my new Allbirds wool sneakers for weekends. Thanks for any input you may have!

    • Hello Jennifer,

      I am glad that you find the website informative! Have you considered using a shoe stretcher for the boots? It seems like you have exhausted all options and it might be worth trying a shoe stretcher in the ones that feel the best.You can lean about shoe stretchers in an article I wrote called:

      Do Shoe Stretchers Work?

      Have you ever considered purchasing kids’ shoes? A women’s shoe size 5 translates into kids’ shoes size 3.5. The reason why I mention this is that there are a couple of kids’ dress shoes available in extra wide widths. Take a look at a couple of examples:

      Extra Wide Dress Shoe: Option 1

      Wide Dress Shoe: Option 2

      Let me know your thoughts!

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