My Hiking Boots
Finding the right hiking boots has been a bit of a drama. Last year, I developed an issue with my foot that was diagnosed as a Morton’s neuroma in my right foot. It was very painful and I limped with every shoe I put on. After consulting with a doctor I switched out almost all my shoes. Bye-bye Birkenstocks. Bye-bye Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot. I had to start over from scratch. And because of this I had a $130 pair of boots I couldn’t wear anymore. Thank God I shopped at REI! I was within the year return policy.
I literally wore the shoes into the store and went back to the boot area. The woman there knew her stuff and she knew about my condition. She fitted me in a few boots tailored towards a wide toe box, which is what I need now. And after a few trial and errors we narrowed in on the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots in Wide.
I am so glad I shop for big ticket items at REI. Their return policy is best thing in retail. The Lowa’s have better ankle support and a sturdier structure. These aspects have helped me in my hiking. On my Grand Canyon trip, they held up and went beyond what I expected of them. If you are looking for a new boot, I suggest trying these out.
Please note: If you are a plus size hiker, the need for stable ankle support is very important. Plus sized hikers are more prone to rolling ankles and becoming off balance due to weight distribution. Investing in quality boots is key to having less injuries.