Not all wide fit walking boots are equal in the UK. Some look similar yet have massively different price tags. Others appear high quality yet fall to pieces after five minutes of wear. And with so much choice, buying walking boots can be a nightmare for some shoppers. So, how can you guarantee the best walking boots for your budget?
Knowing what the boots are for—specifically—ensures better buying decisions. It also pays to know one’s wide feet well. Buyers should think about how often they plan to walk in 2022, the type of terrain, and the conditions. And for vegans, materials will be a high priority. In that case, synthetic leather walking boots by Merrell might fit the bill.
Beste wide feet walking boots 2022
- Top pick - Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid GTX hiking Boot, Walnut, 7 W US
- Editor’s Choice - KEEN Men's Targhee II MID WP-M Hiking Boot, Canteen Dark Olive, 6 UK
- Premium Choice - Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
- i-Tec Men Storm Waterproof High Rise
- Propét Men's Cliff Walker Hiking Boot
Fashion is always at the bottom of my priority list, but it’s a bonus when boots for wide feet look good, right. Well, the Merrell Men Moab 2 Mid Gtx is certainly a handsome mid-range boot. The UK sizes range from 7 to 15, with wide boots available up to 13. But is it a good choice for wide feet? Let’s dig in and find out from the bottom up.
Vibram® TC5+ Outsole
The boot underfoot consists of a durable Vibram TC5+ slip-resistant rubber outsole. It has a confident grip and superb traction for most terrains, including rocky and loose surfaces. However, I can only rate the 5 mm soles a good average rather than outstanding on slick wet ground. The midsole is flexible EVA, which adds to the stability and comfort.
Merrell 2’s Mid Gtx Eco-Friendly Upper
The upper materials consist of a sturdy synthetic leather toe box, quarters, and mesh. A breathable GORE TEX lining helps protect your feet from the wet weather elements. And the boot’s mid-cut height provides some welcome ankle support. Another plus is the Bellows gusseted tongue that helps keep unwanted debris out.
Inside the Merrell 2 Mid Gtx
These wide width boots have nicely padded collars, adding to the comfort level. And the insole has a removable perforated footbed with a heel cup and extra cushioning.
For me, the Merrell 2 Mid Gtx UK Wide Fit are the best men’s walking boots for regular hiking. Thanks to the cushioning, lightweight, and ankle support, it’s a super comfortable fit. Best of all is that there’s no break-in period, so you’re good to go right after unboxing.
KEEN delivers some of the best walking boots at reasonable prices. The waterproof Targhee 2 Mid boots tested here come in the UK sizes 6–16 with wide fits up to 13. Keen calls them 4-wheel-drive performance boots for wide feet, but are they right?
The Targhee 2 Outsole
Few would dispute the comfort of these hybrid hiking boots. The carbon rubber all-terrain outsole has a 4mm multi-directional lug and plenty of flex. You can really feel the aggressive soles as they bite into the challenging terrain. KEEN’s special compound seems to have struck the perfect balance between durability and traction.
The KEEN Targhee II Upper
I seriously love the waterproof nubuck leather upper coupled with KEEN DRY technology inside. I deliberately went out in the rain to walk through puddles and long wet grass. Protection from wet elements was perfect. The capture lacing system gave me a secure, tight fit, and the mid-cut height provided decent ankle support.
Inside The KEEN Targhee 2
The insole uses the famous Cleansport NXT technology, which offers natural odour control. And let’s face it, a fresh foot environment is no small detail. Another selling point is the removable EVA metatomical dual-density footbed. This insole boasts excellent compression and shock absorption… something I noticed over rockier terrain.
KEEN’s Targhee 2 classic hiking boots for wide feet tick many boxes. They’re robust, super comfortable, and suitable for multiple terrains. That includes the mountains, rocks, beach, dirt trails, etc. Moreover, they’re smart enough for casual streetwear.
My first impression of the Timberland White Ledge Hiking Boots is that they’re too chic for treks. Still, they’re one of Timberland’s best-selling walking boots for wide feet for a reason. So, how do they cope away from the easy-going streets to the more challenging ground?
Exploring the Rubber Sole
The solid rubber sole has multi-directional lugs for enhanced traction. The boots also boast a sticky, durable Break/Support/Flex & Propel (BSFP) motion efficiency system. And the EVA midsole does a great job at absorbing shocks.
The Chic Upper
What a handsome boot this is with its subtle yet detailed stitching. The beautiful, smooth waterproof full grain leather body helps keep the feet dry and protected. And the pull-loop at the back makes it quick and easy to get the boots on and off.
Inside the Timberland White Ledge Hiking Boots
Under the hood is moisture protection from a wicking textile lining to keep humidity from feet. There’s also a removable EVA insole for additional cushioning. And the padded collar and padded tongue add further to the comfort level. However, I didn’t feel the ankle support offered enough protection for extreme hiking conditions.
The Timberland White Ledge is a versatile, stylish, multipurpose boot for streetwear and hiking. What surprised me most was how light they were for all-leather shoes. The elegant design and comfort make them suitable for casual use and treks.
However, this shoe is not up to standard for overly demanding terrain. But then, extreme hikers usually invest in boots way beyond this price point anyway.
The Hi-Tec Men Storm Waterproof makes the fourth slot for my best men’s walking boots. I tested this footwear over moderate terrain, as the build suggests.
Hi-Tec Men Storm Outsole
The vibrant rubber outsole has a unique Multi-Directional Traction (MDT). The benefit of that is improved grip and added durability. And the compression-moulded EVA midsole absorbs moderate impact nicely over regular hiking ground.
Hi-Tec Men Storm Upper
The suede and mesh combination makes these boots attractive for wide feet. But more importantly, the materials increase durability, breathability, and comfort. Another nice touch is the versatile lacing system you can personalize for a secure fit. My only gripe is that the waterproof shoes become water-resistant after a few wears.
Inside the Hi-Tec Men Storm
Inside we have a removable EVA compression moulded insole for underfoot cushioning. There’s also a Dri-Tec breathable waterproof membrane to keep your feet dry. Still, consider a better boot if you trek a lot in wet conditions (see above). Either that or prepare to treat them regularly with a silicone spray.
You’d be hard-pushed to find better hiking footwear at this price, and specifically wide width boots. They look fabulous, feel snug, and offer reasonable protection. It’s a no-brainer if you’re a dry weather moderate terrain trekker. But they won’t make the grade if you’re someone who needs a longer-lasting trail shoe for extreme hikes.
These walking boots are a blessing if—like me—you have abnormally wide feet. But the XX-wide 6E fit is only a boon if they can tick enough of the other boxes. Let’s find out.
The name “Cliff Walker” first caught my eye when curating the shortlist of extra wide hiking boots. The XX-wide fit is also a huge plus point for anyone with diabetes or swollen arthritic feet and ankles.
The unique self-cleaning rubber outsole is more than a novelty. It really does help to steady the feet when walking across varied terrain.
The Cliff Walker Walking Boot Upper
The upper shoe is waterproofed leather. Propét Cliff Walker comes with two pull loops, one at the heel and the other at the tongue. And the lacing system consists of two D rings and speed laces. It’s an arrangement that makes tying laces and getting the shoes on and off super easy.
Inside the Cliff Walker
Propét padded the collars and the sewn-in tongues to improve comfort and keep debris out. Plus, the walking boot has waterproof membranes and removable insoles for extra cushioning. Now add the extra wide fit, and you’ve got shoes that are perfect for all-day hikes. I didn’t do marathon treks in this footwear, but I could have done.
Wide and extra wide walking boots are available in sizes 7–15. Propét actually offers footwear in five widths, which is music to the ears of those who have hard-to-fit feet. The wide-fitting Cliff Walkers look great, plus they’re comfortable and affordable… all things considered. The lack of insulation is the only downside if you hike in the extreme cold.