@B-A thanks so much for reaching out to us for help with footwear for your trip to Belize! It can be really hard to recommend the "right" pair of shoes over the internet because the fit matters so much, and that's hard to know without seeing your foot! It it wide or narrow? High or low volume? Do you have a narrow heel or a wide toebox? So many factors to assess to ensure you get a good fit - if possible, for footwear, we always recommend coming in to your local REI for a fitting. If that's not possible, here are a few things to consider:

  • If you aren't going to be carrying a heavy pack, a trail runner might be a good category to consider, as they will typically be lighter-weight than hiking shoes/boots and can combine a waterproof liner with a more breathable outer material, which can help to keep your feet from overheating. Here's an article that may help you pick a trail runner! Again, which brand/model you pick will really depend on your foot!

Also, just a quick heads-up that even though you posted your question on the "Ask an REI Employee" board, you may get ideas and suggestions from other community members. You'll know the advice is coming from an employee when you see the REI Employee, REI Community Moderator and/or REI Community Manager titles.

Hope this helps and that you have a great trip!

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