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What should I know before trying on women's hiking boots?

Key features to keep in mind when shopping for women's hiking boots include:

  • Foot size: Women’s hiking boots are usually cut smaller and narrower than men’s hiking boots. However, women with larger or wider feet might find men’s hiking boots more comfortable. Hiking boots should feel snug along the sides, but you should be able to wiggle your toes.
  • Foot shape: Seek out women’s hiking boots with the right amount and placement of cushioning for the shape of your foot. Any type of women’s hiking boots will feel different if you have high versus low arches, for example.
  • Foot comfort: When trying on women’s hiking boots, be sure that there is no slipping in the heel when the boot is laced properly, and be sure that your toes aren’t mashed at the front of the boot when you walk downhill.
  • Foot accessories: If you wear orthotics or other shoe inserts, be sure to bring them with you and try them on with the hiking boots. Most women’s and men’s hiking boots have removable inserts to accommodate orthotics.

Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports shop for expert advice about getting the perfect fit for women’s hiking boots.

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