I am not much of a hiker and haven't had hiking boots in a long time. Am planning a trip to Asheville this winter and will be taking short maybe 2 miles hikes several days in a row. Am looking for a comfortable, waterproof boot that is cushy under the ball of the foot - no pressure as I have a neuroma, and comfortable in the heel as I have had plantar fasciitis in the past. Also, are certain boots better for low back pain/arthritis? Otherwise, I am very healthy! Thanks for any suggestions.
Proper shoe fit is so important. I deal with planter fasciitis so my shoe selection is also critical to my enjoyment of hiking.
I would recommend signing up for the virtual outfitting service here and have someone trained and familiar with the products help you select the right pair.
Just know that you may end up having to try a few different brands/styles before finding the ones that fit you.
@JSM thanks for reaching out for advice on hiking boots!
As @Dad_Aint_Hip suggested, because footwear is such a personal and important fit, we also recommend either setting up a free virtual outfitting appointment or visiting your closest REI store (if possible) for a hiking boot fit.
With that said, we do have a few thoughts to consider:
Once you figure out fit, which is the hard part, the waterproof request is pretty easy, as we carry lots of hiking shoe and boot options that are waterproof!