I have very wide feet, a bit like a 'hobbit'!
Try Brasher/ Breghaus boots for year round boots. I have found these the most comfortable for my feet, probably the Brashers most of all.
The only winter boots I found Scarpa's were a little tight for my feet as well, were Raichle 60 degree boots. They are very good winter boots with one of the best sole units I have seen. The inside shape of this boot is different to the Scarpa's and you may have to fiddle with wedges etc to get the fit ok. Mine don't fit perfectly but are geting better with each outing. They were fine for 3-4 hour trips out of the box.
They are a close fitting boot and feel very 'nimble' and give great confidence for placing your feet in rock cracks etc. They work well with crampons.
Scarpa are supposed to be wide boots for duck-footed punters, so does anyone have a solution to this?
I used to think that, but I can point you at folk who think they're strictly for people with feet like razor blades... In fact it's the case that there's a lot more to fitting a boot than a notional size and width: feet are a complex 3d shape and you need to fit a particular brand in lots of different places, so if you have "wide feet" then knowing someone else with "wide feet" uses Scarpa or whatever isn't actually a help.
In other words, you probably need to try some other brands which might be wider in other places. Meindls are often quoted as being wide (though a friend of mine who has feet like razor blades found they were the only thing she seemed to fit...) so maybe try those... but try everything.
I have off the scale wide feet and the only boots I have found suitable are Patagonia, previously tried Meindl, Raichle and Berghaus.
Boots weren't comfortable until I added Superfeet insoles, that seemed to solve my problem.
Keen do shoes and low-cut boots that are shaped very differently from most. They have a very wide, "blunt" toe box.
And, John, I presume you've looked at the Scarpa SL M3 BXX - these have an especially wide fitting.
Whoops forgot to add that I was off the scale with Alt-Berg and have also tried Brasher.
Fishers in Keswick sorted me out in the end.
I have wide feet and Meindls work for me. But like other posters have said - some people have wide feet in different areas, so check before buying.
For comparison my feet are wide at the joints below the toes (if you look at your feet while resting on table.)
Lots of response:- molto grazie. In an attempt to respond to allI have tried a vast array of boots, in fact one of my misfit Scarpas is the SL mega wide jobbo. I haven't looked at Patagonia, so thanks for that. I don't use crampons: being a devout coward, and happy with a summer ML ticket, I avoid snow, ice or the prospect thereof unless it's fine powdery stuff.
I think the problem here is a latent one which I can't explain but seems to fit the facts. Ten years ago I was knocked off a motorcycle and broke both bones in my left shin, and spent eleven months in plaster. Since then the arch of my foot has been higher on one side than the other, but until about two years ago I didn't have any trouble with walking boots, running shoes or cycling shoes. I assume as I develop my geriatric tendencies, my feet, along with all my other faculties, are beginning to fail. Dismal prospect, really.
Anyway, thanks for all your help, and if I find a solution I'll post a thread for it.
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