Finding hiking boots that fit narrow feet can often prove to be a daunting task. There are few manufacturers that produce boots with a specific low-volume design. Fortunately a few enlightened companies answered the cries of slender-footed hikers by producing high-quality designs that provide a comfortable foot, allowing the specialized insoles to be left at home.
La Sportiva Halite
La Sportiva hiking boots are notoriously narrow in fit. Backpackers and hikers with low-volume feet have found superior comfort in the Halite. Using I.B.S. soles, the Halite GTX provides increased comfort and dynamic traction on just about any surface. Gore-Tex inserts keep your feet completely dry in wet conditions. The integrated mesh material in the upper portion of the boots allows for maximum breathability. The average price for the La Sportiva Halite is $160 as of 2009.
The Wasatch provides a long sigh of relief for the narrow-footed hiker. Featuring waterproofed nubuck uppers and removable dual-density EVA foot beds, the Wasatch offers continuous comfort in the wettest conditions. The interior is lined with Gore-Tex inserts with wicking nylon that has been seam-sealed to keep water out while keeping your feet from overheating. The average price of the Vasque Wasatch is $180 as of 2009.
Vasque Breeze XCR
Lightweight and insulating, the Breeze XCR is a high-performance boot when moving over rugged terrain. Vasque has fitted this heavy-duty day hiking boot with aggressive lugs on the Vasque exclusive Vibram soles, Gore-Tex Extended Comfort lining and a supportive ankle design. Large air mesh panels allow moisture to escape while maintaining a waterproof exterior shell with seam sealed tape. The Breeze is available in a low- and mid-cut design along with narrow sizing. The average price of the Vasque Breeze XCR is $160 as of 2009.
Article Written By Patricia Poulin
Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.