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Guide for boot shape/lasts

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I am going to be slowly shopping here in the Seattle area for a pair of AT boots for use in backcountry in the PNW. I will eventually visit a boot fitter but I also want to do some shopping and trying on my own beforehand.

I have a size 14-15 normal street shoe with a narrow heel and mid-foot, a tendency for duck and flat feet, very long toes (2nd longer than others), and wide toe area (outer toes are curled under from years of wearing shoes too narrow at the toes), ie. a very hard foot to fit in even regular shoes. I wear custom orthotics in both my regular shoes and in my alpine boots. Since AT boots will also be walked in, the fit will be very very critical since I often end up having potential bruised toes in even regular hiking boots, so even regular shopping for boots is ridiculously difficult.

Since my foot is very difficult to fit in anything and most shops will not have my size in stock for AT boots, it would be helpful to know beforehand which boots might be at least closer to my foot. As a matter of fact, most AT boots don't even come large enough.

Is there a guide for current and recent boots that would list the last shape and nominal volume comparisons for AT boots? Does anyone with similarly problematic feet, have any experience/advice?

Thanks,
BigNick.
post #2 of 3
best to call the stores in your area and see what they have in flipper size. Some brands might come in bigger sizes, but if you feet are hard to fit, and they dont have the size it still won't work that well.
post #3 of 3
Hate to say it, but you may have to take what you can get and work with a fitter to make it functional.

I would visit a fitter first for advice.

Lou
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