Say farewell to squished feet and bunion pain.
Our guide is here to show you which hiking boots have the widest toe box – allowing you to experience comfortable hikes that leave you with all the space you need.
Let’s make narrow toes and discomfort a thing of the past.
We’ve been doing what we love best – hiking all the best trails in the UK. Except this time, we’ve been doing it wearing the top 20 wide toe box hiking boots. As a result we’ve put in countless hours (honestly, we lost count after the second hike) to see if they pass the test.
We see you, why did we even bother with this?
The thing is, we understand how difficult it can be to find boots with a wide toe box. If you’ve got bunions you want COMFORT not pain. If you have wide feet you want a spacious feel, and you want it to slot in with your budget.
Overall, we picked the Hanwag Tatra II boots as our winner. They have a comfortably wide toe box and are packed with all the features you would expect from a solid pair of hiking boots.
We know you might not like our top pick as much as we do, but that’s ok. We’ve really spoiled you with this guide and have further NINE models for you to check out (amazing, right?).
Editor’s Pick – Hanwag
- GORE-TEX technology to keep them waterproof and breathable
- Spacious yet snug fit to keep feet comfortable yet secure
- The comfy footbed that supports the feet and keeps you going
- Strong and reliable sole that will help you stay sturdy at all times
- Heel and toe caps so that you are never taken by surprise
Toe Cap: Yes
These sleek hiking boots from Hanwag are exactly what you need on your next adventure. They look fantastic and come in four different colours so that you are free to express yourself. Not to mention they have a lovely wide toe box so that you remain comfortable at all times.
The fact that these are high rise boots means that you benefit from additional ankle support as they lace right up to the very top to create a rigid support system. The cushioned insole has also been designed to offer arch support so that you can keep going all day long.
Heel and toe caps mean that you are in for double the protection, and what could be better than that? Whether you hit the front of your foot or step back into something sharp, you’re safe from injury and have better reinforcement if debris falls on your toes.
The classic GORE-TEX technology will provide you with an excellent waterproof membrane that keeps your feet lovely and dry no matter what the weather. Worried about sweaty feet? There’s no need as they also remain incredibly breathable so you’re always getting ventilation.
Solid and stable, the rubber sole will ensure that you remain sturdy and upright no matter the weather. Designed for even the trickiest terrain, the deep tread provides exceptional grip so that you don’t end up slipping and sliding wherever you walk.
If you love these boots but aren’t too sure about the price tag, we get that. If you want a boot that is just as reliable for those big adventures, make sure you check out our budget pick from Regatta below. You’ll absolutely love them.
Budget Pick – Regatta
- A comfortable fit designed for those that need a wide toe box
- Waterproof membrane so that you remain dry all-day
- Heel and toe bumpers for the additional protection you need
- Special tech to support the underside of your feet and give extra support
- A lightweight profile that lets you fly over the trail (not literally, don’t try it)
Toe Cap: Yes
These hiking boots have been made for women and come in a good selection of colours so that you can find the pair that works best. The toe box is nice and wide, offering a comfortable fit that ensures you have plenty of space for toes and bunions alike – no discrimination.
A waterproof membrane covers the exterior of the boots, offering excellent protection from the classic British weather so that you are never caught off guard. At the same time, the mesh lining keeps them breathable and well-ventilated to prevent sweaty feet.
The vinyl sole offers brilliant protection from sharp debris and rocks while also protecting your feet, legs, and back from potential injury caused by heavy impact or if you find yourself trying to navigate unstable and unpredictable surfaces. We’ve all been there, it’s a stressful time.
Heel and toe bumpers will offer you a great barrier between your feet and the outside world, so there is a much lower risk of injury if you find debris falling on your toes or you walk into something harder than you should.
What’s more, these boots use special stabilising shank technology to provide underfoot protection and reduce fatigue. This is pretty fancy stuff, and it ensures great arch support as well as keeping your feet safe and cared for through long journeys.
If these affordable hiking boots for women aren’t quite what you were looking for, we completely understand that. To help you find your sole-mate (honestly, I’m cracking myself up) we have another EIGHT models to tickle your fancy.
Best Luxury Hiking Boots – Danner
- Great ankle support to help prevent injuries while hiking
- Nutback leather that’s durable and ready for action
- GORE-TEX membrane that’s waterproof for your protection
- Stubbed toes? Not anymore with the reinforced toe cap
- Monstrously thick sole that tells rough terrain to watch out
Material: Nutback leather
Toe Cap: Yes
I really like nutback leather boots, so I might be a little biased, but once these puppies are worn in a little they fit like a glove while also retaining the wide toe box that you bought them for. The only downside? They aren’t the most breathable – you’ll want Hanwags for that.
They offer waterproofing through the GORE-TEX integration, which makes them ideal for wearing in that classic British weather. The high rise design also means you benefit from good ankle support to help prevent injuries if you end up tripping or falling.
When I say I like my soles thick, I mean it, and these are thick (if you know what I mean). They are perfect for protecting you from sharp debris and keeping you steady in unstable conditions – especially with the deep tread that provides all the additional grip you need.
The reinforced toe cap is great for helping keep feet safe if debris falls on them or you hit your toes a little harder than intended. The most important thing? They offer fantastic comfort for your feet all day long, and this alone makes them worth the hefty price tag.
Best Wide Toe Box Boots for Women – Vasque
- Sleek leather design that’s been tanned in the USA
- Waterproof to fight against the typical British weather
- Tough sole that can take on any trail
- Good arch support to protect your feet on long journeys
- Breathable thanks to the classic GORE-TEX tech
Toe Cap: No
If you’re looking for a wide toe box boot for women with toe caps, you’re going to want to scroll down to the XPETI boots. However, these boots do have a comfortable fit and provide a wide toe box that is sure to keep your feet feeling happy throughout the hike.
Made from leather, we love that it has a unique selling point of being tanned in the USA. Despite being made from leather, these boots benefit from a GORE-TEX membrane that keeps them waterproof as well as providing plenty of ventilation to stop your feet soaking in sweat.
The tough sole has been made to take on any trail you head out on, with a thick and robust design that prevents you from feeling even the sharpest debris under your feet. The tread is quite deep as well, offering stability on slippery and rough terrain.
As a great additional feature, you can expect plenty of arch support from these boots. There is nothing worse than sore feet, and the comfortable insole keeps everything in place. The fact that they are mid-height also means that you get some additional ankle support.
Best High Rise Wide Toe Box Boots – Hanwag
- Choose from five different colours, all made from smooth leather
- Classic GORE-TEX to keep them waterproof and breathable
- Wide toe box? You got it with these beauties
- A robust sole that doesn’t take any guff
- Ankle and arch support that give you peace of mind
Toe Cap: No
High rise means one thing, extra support. That’s what we love about these boots, they lace up high so that your ankle gets more rigid protection if you end up stumbling. At the same time, it gives you loads of arch support to keep feet healthy and strong.
The traditional GORE-TEX membrane is what makes these leather beauties completely waterproof, ensuring that even the worst British weather can’t keep you down. They are also completely breathable, ensuring you aren’t left in a pool of foot sweat (gross).
A wide toe box is just one of the features offered by these boots, but they don’t have a toe cap like the other Hanwag models in this guide so bear that in mind. The comfortable interior that is able to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer pretty much makes up for that though.
The robust sole is a feature I was really impressed with. It is nice and thick, which means you are protected from those sharp rocks and clumps you might encounter. The moderate tread is also deep enough to keep you stable and tackle a variety of terrains.
Best Wide Toe Box Boots for Arch Support – Hanwag
- Four impressive styles to choose from (we all like options)
- Made from smooth leather that’s waterproof and breathable
- A cushioned insole that boosts great arch support
- Good ankle support thanks to the mid-height fit
- Cold hike ahead? These boots have you covered
Toe Cap: No
What I really liked about these boots is that they are completely windproof and surprisingly warm, which is actually ideal for colder hikes (as I discovered on my winter trails in Scotland). They are also incredibly comfortable for people like me who need a wide toe box.
They don’t have a toe cap like other Hanwag models, but they do have a cushioned insole that doesn’t just provide comfort but also exceptional arch support. As these are mid-height boots, you also benefit from added ankle support that helps to keep you stable.
Thick rubber soles offer protection from sharp debris while the moderate tread helps to ensure that you remain upright when you hit unstable terrain that leaves you feeling a little unsteady. The vibram sole isn’t just there for a secure grip but also absorbing shock from impact.
Using GORE-TEX technology, you can expect a waterproof membrane that is easy to maintain and keeps your feet completely dry. At the same time, it remains quite breathable so that you don’t end up drenched in your own sweat while you’re on a hike.
Take a look at our guide on how to stretch your toe box on your hiking boots. This will help your boots fit correctly for your hike.
Best Lightweight Wide Toe Box Boots – SALOMON
- Fairly light boots, which is great for those who don’t want too much weight
- Waterproof and breathable to ensure a comfortable hike
- A spacious toe box that will leave you feeling relaxed
- Great arch and ankle support, what more could you want?
- Heel and toe bumpers that give you all the protection you need
Material: Leather, textile
Toe Cap: Yes
We love the amount of support that these boots offer. They are perfect for those who need arch support, all thanks to the comfortable insole, as well as ankle support. The high-rise design of these boots ensures the latter, creating a rigid ring of support you won’t regret.
The spacious toe box provides plenty of space for bunions and wide feet, offering a comfortable space so that you don’t hike in discomfort. They also benefit from fantastic heel and toe bumpers that protect your feet from hard impacts and help reduce the risk of injury.
You’ll be pleased to know that these boots have a waterproof membrane to keep you dry in the British weather as well as a mesh lining for ventilation. This allows your feet to breathe without risking them getting wet, which means goodbye to those sweaty hiking trips.
The rubber sole is thick and robust, adding to the overall durability of the boots. They are reliable, and the deep tread ensures you are able to tackle any kind of terrain that you come across. They provide the kind of grip that you want and need from good hikers.
Best Mid-Range Wide Toe Box Hiking Boots – Hi-Tec
- Comfortable boots that come at an even more comfortable price
- Waterproof and breathable to give you everything you need
- EVA cushioning because you deserve good support
- Thick rubber soles that ensure you are always ready for action
- A secure fit that still caters to those who need a wide toe box
Toe Cap: No
One thing to note is that these boots don’t have a toe cap or heel bumpers, you’ll want to check out a pair of Hanwags for that. However, they do offer fantastic arch support thanks to the cushioned EVA insole as well as the mid-height tops for extra ankle support.
While these are made from suede, they have been designed to be completely waterproof so that you don’t have to worry about getting caught in the rain. They are also some of the most breathable boots we have come across, offering unrivaled ventilation for dry feet.
The sole is thick and reliable, with a deep tread that provides all the grip you could want or need from a hiking boot. You’re sure to find yourself on stable ground at all times, and you can rest easy knowing they are great at shock absorption and also offer additional support.
They were designed to be comfortable, with a secure fit that is easy to adjust thanks to the versatile lacing system that has been implemented. This also allows for a range of lacing styles, keeping you safe so that you can use the most efficient methods.
What to Look for in Wide Toe Box Boots
There are a few features that you might want to keep an eye out for when you are picking a pair of boots with a wide toe box.
The Right Fit. Boots that fit comfortably on your feet are absolutely crucial for any activity – whether it’s a leisurely stroll or a weekend hiking session. They should be snug at the heels so that it can’t move around freely when you walk and a little spacious at the toes.
Remember to take your socks into account as well, especially if you have thick hiking socks that you know are going to take up extra space. Always try the boots on with your hiking socks before you decide whether or not you’re keeping them.
Durability. You want boots that are well-made, reliable, and durable. Boots that have fewer seams and stitches tend to be the best as they have less chance of developing holes and leaks to risk the integrity of the waterproofing.
If you want boots that can be resoled in the future, make sure you pick a sole that isn’t moulded. This will mean that a cobbler will be able to remove and replace the sole without risking damage to the boot. Moulded soles cannot be resoled at all.
The Material. Some of the best and most durable material is leather, most notably full-grain or reverse full-grain. They can also be waterproofed, so there is no need to worry about that. However, synthetic materials can last a long time as well – leather just tends to be the best.
Waterproofing. The best possible form of waterproofing comes from GORE-TEX material, and it really is worth it. Used on leather and synthetics alike, it has the capability to keep your feet completely dry and protected from the elements – even a dip in the river.
Breathability. This is important if you want to avoid walking around with sweaty boots and feet all day. GORE-TEX also tends to be the best for this, but any kind of mesh material will generally provide good ventilation for your walks and hikes.
The Soles. You want thick soles for wide toe box hiking boots. These are great for protection from impact when your feet hit the ground hard but also prevent you from feeling sharp rocks and debris under your feet when you are walking.
Absolutely, you can have your wide toe box boots resoled. However, it all depends on the way they have been constructed. Boots with a moulded sole cannot be resoled because of their design – they are completely attached to the boot and can’t be separated without damage.
Is it ok to use wide toe box boots for running?
Not really, and this is mostly because running requires light shoes that work with your feet and allow them to extend with your movements. This is why you shouldn’t use wide toe box boots for running, and while they will work some dedicated running shoes would be the better choice.
Are wide toe box boots better in providing ankle support?
Not really, wide toe box boots aren’t any better than standard boots for ankle support. It all depends on the type of boots you pick up, the overall health of your ankles, and the type of hiking that you are taking part in – rough terrain will need more support than smooth.
Getting a toe box that’s just right can be tough work, especially when you have wider feet or bunions that need some extra love. We hope that this guide has been able to help you find some comfortable footwear and that you enjoyed my top two picks.
The Hanwag Tetra II boots were certainly our top pick, offering some of the best comfort and protection we have seen from a pair of wide box hikers. However, the Regatta’s are an excellent compromise if you are looking for comfort and quality at a lower price.
Want to learn more about getting the perfect footwear for your next hike? You’ve got to check out our outdoor living series. We cover everything from safety and footwear to the best trails for your next adventure. All of this is written for you by experts with a lifetime of experience.
A seasoned camper and hiker, there is nothing he doesn’t know about the Great Outdoors. Hiking alone, with friends, or even little ones, he’s done it all. A trained survivalist, he gives Bear Grylls a run for his money.