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    The reviewer obviously has narrow feet. Lots of us don't! Praising boots for being snug immediately tells me they won't work for me. Keens with big toe boxes are about the only thing that does work so it is very depressing to be told (with apparent approval) that the ones here are less roomy. There is almost nothing available for people with wide feet, though there are lots of us. Please leave the one reliable brand alone!

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    Well done OM for including a British made product.

    @Merchycymoedd - Altberg do a range of boots to accommodate pretty wide feet. Both my boots & trails shoes are extra wide. They do a wide range of stock widths as well as made to measure (spendy).

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    Agree with all that

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    I wouldn't say I have 'narrow feet', they're actually pretty much medium volume and width with a medium heel. Boot reviewing is a nightmare for just this reason, as we've said on the first page of the article, there is no 'best boot' just the one that works best for you.

    There are plenty of roomy lasts out there, check out Scarpa, Berghaus, the wider Zamberlan fit, Meindl and Alt Berg's wider fits - not available in the Nordkapp, but the Tethera is pretty much the same boot in full-grain leather and a different fit.

    KEEN still has plenty of room in the forefoot, just slightly less than before when it could be a little OTT.

    But the best advice on boots is to visit a specialist outdoors shop with experienced fitters, take their advice and try a lot of different brands until your find a pair that works with your foot shape.

    Interestingly, genuinely narrow-footed folk have as much trouble finding a good fit as wider-footed walkers. Most footwear brands sit somewhere in the middle of the curve because that's where the greatest demand is. Frustrating if you're at either end of things, but that's capitalism for you. Yes, capitalism has ruined boot sizing...

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    Also, I've asked KEEN about their European lasting. My perception is that it's slimmed down slightly, but that may just be my memory playing tricks on me. What I can tell you is that the US KEEN product is available in Europe, but not the other way round.

    Incidentally, the forefoot of the Treksta boot is very broad indeed. I'm not sure I'd choose that particular model from the range, but they do produce some other models that might well be worth a look if you have high-ish volume feet.

    Another brand that might be worth a look is The North Face. The Verbera and Verto boots have, from memory, a Scarpa-like forefoot with a fair bit of volume, but with a La Sportive-style narrower heel section. We are supposed to have a pair on the way and will add them if/when they appear.

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    And just to confirm, the KEEN European last has had - and I quote - 'A little volume taken out of the toe box in particular'. In addition the fitshould be consistent across the European-made range.

    It's still a fairly generous fit and if the new European last doesn't suit you, the US models will presumably still have the original last.

    There's also a wide fit version of the Koven hiking mid btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Doran View Post

    And just to confirm, the KEEN European last has had - and I quote - 'A little volume taken out of the toe box in particular'. In addition the fitshould be consistent across the European-made range.

    It's still a fairly generous fit and if the new European last doesn't suit you, the US models will presumably still have the original last.
    Yes, I think so; I bought some Durands a couple of months ago, and was given a European pair to try on. I was surprised and disappointed with the fit, and then tried on a US pair, which were way more comfortable and just more... Keen.


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    It would have been useful to say what the size range is for each boot, for those with very large (or possibly very small) feet.

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    Just bought a pair of them Zamberlan1006 new Vioz Plus GTX RR, was looking for a full grain leather boot & was stopping my fingers from clicking on a pair of https://www.scarpa.com/kinesis-pro-gtx way to much to get them posted & a bit overkill, but I do love scarpa & its only outside the UK that you can get half sizes! Any way hopefully these will do the trick for wet boggy camps. Not sure on the sole though the lungs seem wide enough spaced but don't seem very deep? Time will tell, will be here lastest next fri!

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    Hi there, I am Gordon Fraser, Anatom owner and designer. The last used in our footwear is a combination Last shape. Narrow in the heel and broader in the fore-foot with a modern asymetric toe shape. What I mean by this that the medial/interior line of the forefoot is straight and not curve inwards which accommodates a wider range of foot shapes. Every leather boot we make has a very simple one-piece vamp which permits it to be stretched and customised very easily for extra width or natural protrusions such as bunions or osteophytes. Feet are like snowflakes, no two are the same and we feel it is crucial to create technical footwear which can be easily modified. Our fit is snugger in the heel than the brands mentioned with scope for as wide a forefoot as you personally require. I hope this helps.

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    Thanks Gordon... I'm one of the narrow in the heel and wide in the toe area people... I've got a pair of Scarpa Activ SLs for winter which are phenomenal but too wide in the heel ideally. For this reason I like LaSportiva which I find has a better fit for my feet (just don't want to splash out £££ for a pair at the mo). Sounds like Anatom (Aonach or Cuillin) may fit my feet nicely

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    Padstowe, I think the Vioz Plus will do you well. I loved the 'old' Vioz Plus I had - saw me through many months of doing fieldwork on St Kilda, all bog and scrambly bits. Took a little bit of breaking in but after that were brilliant boots. Lasted 5 times longer than the Meindl Burmas I had previously doing the same job.

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    The Tatra is also available in a "Wide" and a "Bunion" version. The latter being roomier than the former, but still not as wide as a traditionell Keen. The "european made" ones are similar to the B union in widht.
    One fault of the Tatra is its heel, which is quite narrow and high, making the boot more unstable.

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    AKU SuperAlp GTX



    I have shortlisted a couple of pairs to buy, one of which is the AKU SuperAlp.

    Only downside to these boots that's putting me off are the fabric eyelets closest to the front of the boots, where the rest are metal guided.

    I've never had shoes or boots with self fabric eyelets, they seem easily teared(?) or am I wrong to worry about this feature?



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    Tried these on they were way too narrow, all European made walking boots seem like this. I ended up with Meindl Merans a wide fitting boot. Perfect fit and wear staight out of the box, did a weekends walking without a hitch rub or blister, and they were £40 cheaper after a price match haggle.

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    ECCO boots are a wide fit.

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    The other thing I have found with some boots brands which is annoying as well, is that they seem to be making a lot of makes smaller than the size. So have tried on a few brands in Millets, and been told by the staff member bringing me the boots from the stockroom that these or those they have found from the other customers saying, are coming up a bit small per size! One brand is their own flipping Peter Storm budget ones. Others, that are more expensive, think they said Meindl is it, and other brands too. So is not a one off thing or something only I have found.
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    Hi, Hanwag do the Tatra (in non GTX form at least) in a wide fitting. They also do narrow and bunion fit too.....

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