If you have never tried on hiking boots, you should go in-store to be fitted by an expert to find the shoes that will give you optimum comfort. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to cramping arches, blisters, and sore feet which can cut a trip short and lead to skin infections. Hiking boots have many different components, so different brands or models of the same size can feel different especially when you’re walking around in them all day or for multi-day trips.

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

Foot Size

Just like normal shoes, women’s hiking boots 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. Most people need to go up a half-size due to the thickness of hiking socks.

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. To accommodate different foot shapes, use different lacing techniques.

Foot Comfort

When trying on women’s hiking boots, be sure that there is no slippage in the heel when the boot is laced properly. While they should fit snuggly, be sure that your toes aren’t mashed at the front of the boot when you walk downhill.

Shoe Inserts

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.

Socks

You will need hiking socks to accommodate your hiking boots. Regular socks are not thick enough and will result in blisters after a long day of hiking.

With this information in mind, you are now ready to pick the best fitting hiking boots for you! For more information on women's hiking boots, or if you have any questions about hiking in general, visit your local Sun & Ski Sports.