When you have wide feet, shopping for boots is especially tough — while they technically
can range in width from extra-narrow to six-extra-wide, most brands usually only carry standard sizes. Fortunately, I've scoured Amazon for you to come up with the best winter boots for wide feet. All of the boots on this list offer an extra 3/8 inch in width or more. After you measure your feet and figure out your shoe size, you'll want to keep several other factors in mind.
First, look at the exterior of the boot to make sure it's waterproof. Typically, your best bet will be full-grain leather or some sort of synthetic material with a waterproof coating.
Next, look at the interior. Does it have insulation? What is the lining made of? Faux fur, fleece, microfiber, and similar fabrics will be the softest and most comfortable.
Finally, look at the bottom of the shoe. The sole should be made with tough rubber or a similarly sturdy material. Inside, the footbed should have some sort of soft cushioning, like EVA or memory foam, to offer shock absorption and ankle support.
With those features in mind, take a look at this list of the
best winter boots for wide feet. Also, remember that shoes that come in a wide size (sometimes denoted with a "W") typically offer an extra 3/8 inch, while shoes that are extra-wide (sometimes denoted with an "XW") offer around 3/4 inch more. 1 A Cozy Duck Boot In Waterproof Suede What's great about them: With a waterproof suede upper and warm insole, these sturdy winter boots offer protection from the elements while giving wider feet plenty of space to breathe. They have a fuzzy Thinsulate lining inside that feels soft and cozy, along with 200 grams of toasty insulation, as well as tough rubber soles. Best of all, however, they come in sizes up to XX-Wide if so-called conventional footwear is hard to fit. A helpful review: "Perfect winter walking boots...I have a wide foot, and rarely find boots that fit both my foot and ankle/calf comfortably. These boots are super sturdy, super warm, and keep my feet toasty and dry. I've taken them on walks as long as an hour and my feet are supported and happy.” Available colors: 3 Available sizes: 6 Wide — 11 XX-Wide 2 An Insulated Ankle Boot For A Great Price What's great about them: Extended sizing can be hard to find at a bargain price, especially when it comes to cold-weather gear, but the totes Dalia boots are a winter-worthy option for wider feet that won’t break the bank. The faux-fur-lined uppers are waterproof yet breathable, with sealed seams so not a drop gets through. Two zippers on either side of each ankle make them easy to slip over thick socks, and the rubber soles promise traction in a wintry mix. A helpful review: “I have always struggled finding winter boots for my wide feet that were actually cute, and so I threw a hail Mary and purchased these... much to my surprise, they fit with enough room to wear Smartwool socks as another layer to keep my feet warm, and cute with leggings to play out in the snow! They are waterproof, easy to put on and take off, and comfy on my plantars fasciitis for a time. [...]” Available colors: 4 Available sizes: 6.5 Wide — 11 Wide 3 These Knee-High Boots With Toasty Linings What's great about them: Constructed with strong synthetic leather and suede, these Totes winter boots are tough, durable, and fully waterproof. From the same brand as the pick above, these boots are available in wide sizes for a great price. They have cozy "Thermolite" insulation that keeps you toasty without being thick and bulky, and a soft faux fur liner that feels like silk on your shins. The full-length zipper makes them easy to slip in and out of, and the ankle buckles add a stylish flair, too. A helpful review: "I read a review on these boots and decided to give them a whirl. I have widefeet, and it's hard to find a cute wide boot without a wide calf. These have an average calf. They are really warm and were comfortable right out of the box. I highly recommend.” Available sizes: 6 Wide — 11 Wide 4 These Winter Chukka Booties With Yoga Mat Insoles What's great about them: Available in a nice range of wide sizes, these winter chukka boots by Skechers feel light as air with unexpectedly heavy-duty warmth. Their suede uppers are coated with trusty 3M ScotchGuard for waterproofing you can count on, and the deep-pile faux sherpa lining is exceptionally cozy. Inside, a layer of signature cushioning absorbs impact while a yoga mat-inspired liner adds zen-inducing comfort. The athletic rubberized sole feels like a sneaker, so they’re comfy to wear for long stretches of time. A helpful review: “These booties are cute on and super comfortable. I have developed bunions and find it is hard to find shoes and boots that have a wide toe box and that a cute at the same time[...]these boots fit the bill perfectly.” Available colors: 3 Available sizes: 5 Wide — 11 Wide 5 Some Comfortable Quilted Boots That Feel Like A Sneaker What's great about them: These winter shoes combine the comfort of a sneaker with the warmth and silhouette of a boot. While the boots aren't waterproof, they are water-repellent and a superb choice for cold, dry days, according to reviewers. They have a faux-fur lining with a supportive footbed and cushioned midsole for all-day comfort. What's more, they come in wide sizes and the elastic ankle bands make them easy to put on and take off. A helpful review: "I love these boots. The comfort level is great. Great support, feel warm and sizing was correct. I haven’t worn them on slick wet snow yet. They are so cute and will look good with leggings or jeans." Available colors: 4 Available sizes: 5 — 12 Wide 6 These Rugged Boots With A Sturdy Steel Toe What's great about them: If you want a pair of winter boots that can withstand rugged wear, these tough women's boots come in wide sizes and are constructed with 100% full-grain leather on the exterior. They're fully waterproof, and the rubber sole has anti-slip lugs that provide reliable traction. Also, they come in your choice of dark brown or black. A helpful review: "Living in Montana they actually keep my feet warm. Was at Glacier National Park yesterday and was walking around in snow and slush for about 1.5 to 2 hours feet stayed dry and warm.” Available colors: 2 Available sizes: 5 Wide — 10 Wide 7 The Best Boots For Hiking, According To Fans What's great about them: With over 29,000 ratings and an average of 4.7 stars, these Columbia hiking boots give outdoor lovers with wide feet a way to keep trekking all winter long. The full-grain leather exterior is fully waterproof, and the rubber soles are tough enough for technical, ice-covered terrain. Best of all, they have cushioned, compression-molded EVA foam inside that allows you to hike long distances without wearing your feet out. A helpful review: "I was looking for a women's wide width hiking boot that is not overly expensive. I purchased this in an 11 wide, and it fits great and is comfortable...UPDATE: 4 mile hike today around Lookout Mountain in Phoenix. Desert terrain with loose and sharp rocks in the trails. Good amount of climbing and descending. These boots performed very well. Good traction, comfortable, and feet well protected. Post-hike my feet feel fine and still fresh. Highly recommend.” Available colors: 22 Available sizes: 5 Wide — 11 Wide
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This article was originally published on
Feb. 8, 2019