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Help with hiking boot sizing and selection

I am looking to find some hiking boots- -I traced and measured my feet per the instructions on your web site and my feet are 11" long.  But I am typically 9/9.5.  What size boot should I try?

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@gfh thanks for reaching out! A few questions before we can make specific recommendations:

  • What kind of hiking are you going to be doing? Average length/duration of your hikes? Carrying any significant weight in a pack?
  • Where are you likely do much of your hiking? Warm/cold? Wet/dry?
  • More about your feet - are they wide/narrow/average? Are they high/low/medium volume? Any trouble spots, like bunions? 

Knowing those details will help us make specific recommendations of boots to consider! In the meantime, you might consider booking a free virtual outfitting appointment with an REI employee - we also have a helpful article on how to pick a hiking boot and another on how to choose between a hiking boot and a trail running shoe. Hope this helps get you started!

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Planning for a 3 to 5 day hike over the summer with a pack around 30lbs. My feet at 4” across by 11” wide traced with socks. 


@gfh thanks for the additional information! Based on your measurements of 11" long and 4" wide, you would wear a Men's size 11-11.5 and in a medium width boot. For the hike you describe, you might consider one of the following options:

We'd definitely recommend a virtual outfitting appointment to help answer any additional questions you might have! Hope this helps!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.