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    Boot recommendations: wide, complicated feet

    I need new hiking boots. So far I've been to all shops in town and only found what apparently is a Go Outdoors own brand that fits. I have very complicated feet which makes finding the right shoes difficult:

    I have damaged ankles and lots of scar tissue around and on the top of my feet. As such I can only wear
    - mid height, or somewhat higher if I can leave them open at the top.
    - fabric with some amounts of velour leather as full leather is too hard
    - furthermore, my mid feet are very wide and hence I need fairly wide boots there, and no arch support
    - I need good profile but also need a not too stiff sole as I compensate the lack of ankle support by some other muscles in my feet, which doesn't work with very stiff soles and too hard/too high boot material. I basically just fall over if I cannot feel the terrain or move the muscles I need. Mind you, I do a bit of parcour and one-legged yoga exercises, which works fine, but I feel that walking uphill barefoot is not the best solution
    - size 7

    Use: walk around Scotland and on vacation, only day trips. The obvious place to hike for me are the Pentlands. Would love to walk Ben Nevis in late Spring.

    Current boots: Salomon, I think they are more for flat terrain and for summer. They are pretty old as well. These: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Salomon-Eli.../dp/B01MSUUCES

    Considering shops in Edinburgh have no boots that fit I need to order online and try them on. Cotswolds and Tiso would be the obvious ones as there are stores in town and I don't need to deal with shipping costs and costly returns.

    Any ideas?
    Last edited by orbitolina; 27-11-2017 at 11:03 AM. Reason: linked to wrong shoes

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    Ultra King Martin Carpenter's Avatar
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    The wide thing made me think of Altra (https://www.castlebergoutdoors.co.uk...0-neoshell-mid is their most 'boot' style thing) - bootish, definitely very flexible soles with zero drop so getting relatively near to bare foot.

    Width wise they have massive space in the toe box Not actually especially dramatically wide (or narrow) in the mid foot so it might depend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Carpenter View Post
    The wide thing made me think of Altra (https://www.castlebergoutdoors.co.uk...0-neoshell-mid is their most 'boot' style thing) - bootish, definitely very flexible soles with zero drop so getting relatively near to bare foot.

    Width wise they have massive space in the toe box Not actually especially dramatically wide (or narrow) in the mid foot so it might depend.
    Interesting! I've never tried zero drop shoes and am used to a bit of drop. Feeling the ground under my toes to forefoot is probably the most important thing. Question is though if they are wide enough on my mid foot (The inner side is where some of the 'new' muscles are) and if they are suitable for proper scrambles/mountain hikes and winter.

    I'm also considering ordering these: https://www.salomon.com/uk/product/x...article=391947 or maybe some others from their programme (not sure which ones to be honest) as the light hiking boots seem to fit well.

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    I'm also considering a Kilimanjaro trip next year or the year after. But that depends on other health issues. Thus that is completely uncertain.

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    Right, did a slightly bigger trip and found two shoes I could theoretically buy:

    http://www.meindl.de/produkt/minnesota-pro-gtx-2/
    I know that Meindl often fits. Those are fairly wide at the shaft and don't go quite so high. Cons: I'd probably prefer a bit more height on the forefoot for thicker winter socks and the sole is somewhat stiff. Still worked just about well enough to jump across the shoe testing installation

    http://www.scarpa.co.uk/trek/peak-gtx/
    These really surprised me as Scarpa is usually too slim for me. Pro: sole is a bit more flexible than the Meindl and there's more height on the forefoot. con: they seem higher, or rather the shaft is tighter. But I could still wear them for comfortable walking with no laces in the uppermost eye, and otherwise include it for more strenuous climbing.

    Both male models. The female ones were too slim for me.

    Any thoughts?

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    The widest footwear I've tried on were Keen. I've got narrow feet and I think if I tried hard I could have got both feet in the one boot.
    Altberg do about five width fittings in most of their boots and are available from Craigdon in Edinburgh.
    Scarpa introduced a roomier fit a few years ago with bigger volume in the toe box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Carpenter View Post
    The wide thing made me think of Altra (https://www.castlebergoutdoors.co.uk...0-neoshell-mid is their most 'boot' style thing) - bootish, definitely very flexible soles with zero drop so getting relatively near to bare foot.

    Width wise they have massive space in the toe box Not actually especially dramatically wide (or narrow) in the mid foot so it might depend.
    I've got some of these. I got them because I've got swollen, arthritic big toe joint, which is pretty much what they're designed for. And in that area they're very good - extra width and volume in that area plus no badly placed rivets to cause pain. However I've also got very wide feet in a duck-foot shape. I don't actually find the Alta's to have a particularly wide toe box myself and if it wasn't for the fact that the leather is so soft I wouldn't be able to get away with them - they are still pushing a little on the side of my big toe. I generally wear Low Renegades at the moment which are a slightly better fit in the toe area but then they are 1/2 a size up mind.

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    My younger brother also have feet problem. Buying boots for him is very difficult task for me, my friend suggest me to shop from Mr.shoes. I got best boots for him so personally I suggest you just have a look at https://www.mr-shoes.co.uk/mens/boots.html. Definitely you will get yours Boots.

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    Always worth checking Altberg boots out, they have many different width fittings.

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    Try the Oboz Bridger

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