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  • 11/26/2014
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Desperately needing a suggestion for a wildland fire boot for a foot with a narrow heel but wide toes.  After 20 years in Buffalo & Hawthorns (Whites), I simply can’t wear the high-heeled boots anymore, and they’re too narrow at the toes anyway.  Tried Haix but they were all wrong.  Tried Lowa Baffin but lost 3 toenails due to the rigid rubber around the toes.  Tried Danner long ago, but way too wide at the heel.

Is this a hopeless quest?  I have another decade to go before retirement and must have fire boots.  Full-time year-round fire exposure.  60% pavement time, 40% walking through fire on flat ground in Fuel Model 7.

I live in a locale where there are NO boot stores to try various brands.  But will be in Seattle the morning of Black Friday.   I appreciate any & all suggestions!

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10 Comments
  1. techs672
    November 27, 2014 Reply

    I describe one possibility:
    http://hotlist.wildlandfire.com/threads/38940-In-depth-Boot-Reviews?p=160624#post160624

    This Hotlist thread also describes some more traditional (i.e. costly and more stout and it looks like you’ve tried many of them) choices.

    While I need a heel and ball narrower than most “M” boots, I’ve also got a lot of toe and need plenty of room up in the box — I got what I needed out of these boots with a 3/4 insert. I’ve now got a 2nd pair and had a good season with them, so they’re both broken in and have at least another season in them for my use. They are relatively light boots, but only a half to a third the cost of the brand name spreads. With heavier use, you might need a pair every year (or more) — but you’ve got to do something to keep the dogs working. Good luck.

  2. Bill Plough
    November 27, 2014 Reply

    When you tried Whites did you order them by doing the drawing of your foot and the measurements resulting in a custom fit boot for your foot?

  3. Ben
    November 30, 2014 Reply

    I feel your pain. I have a hard time finding boots that fit me right too. I have worn Nicks for most of my career. They have different toe styles you can get that will change the width of the toes a bit. I wear a 4E width in the widest toe box style and have not had any issue with my toes. You can also talk to them and they can alter the height of the heel if the normal is too tall. Plus they can custom cut a boot to your foot’s measurements and that may help, but it also adds to the cost. I also wear Sportiva Glaciers. They don’t have a wide size so I ordered one size up and it has worked for me for the past 5-6 years. The only issue is that I can not get them tight enough around the ankle/shin to lock my foot in the boot. If I hike down steep hills, I end up hurting my toes. So, I wear Sportivas around home were it is flat and Nicks when I go out west.
    There is also the Cosmos Hercules and the Scarpa Fuego (which is similar to the Sportiva).
    You could always try Danner, Redwing, etc. They won’t last as long but they are cheaper and if you find one that fits right, it would be worth it.Hope this helps and good luck in your search.

  4. tool pusher
    November 30, 2014 Reply

    Consider a custom fit boot. The boot manufacturers can give you an idea if it is possible and what the cost will be.

  5. Onelick
    December 1, 2014 Reply

    Check out Nicksboots.com they have low heel versions of their boots.

    1. TJ
      December 9, 2014 Reply

      Like Onelick said, check out the low heel versions of Nicks. I have a pair and they are awesome. I never could get used to the high heel and had a pair of their Hotshots rebuilt with the low heel which you can order new from them:

      http://nicksboots.com/shop/firefighter-boots/firetrooper-10b-nfpa-boot.html

      If you have odd shaped feet, just get the custom made ones.

  6. AK Fire
    December 8, 2014 Reply

    I have big and wide feet, size 15. Lowa has been the best fit for me. They make large and wide sizes in several styles. They are also cooler than some of the “hiking” style boots that I have tried. Great ankle support and good on the steeps, I wear them sheep hunting as well with no issues. I spend more time as a DIVS these days and less time “working” but they have been awesome. A little cheaper than Whites and I can wear them for multiple uses unlike Whites. Just my opinion but they have been the most comfortable boots I have used. Good luck

  7. MLJ
    December 9, 2014 Reply

    I would suggest wide boots that fit your toes, and a custom orthotic to put in your boots for your heels. Any custom boot store, like White’s, can make these if you go there in person, Whites cantdo it if you buy their boots online, you have to go into Spokane and have your feet measured. Orthopedists and podiatrists will make these, also. Good luck, hope you can find something.

  8. John
    February 3, 2015 Reply

    Nicks boots from Spokane WA, the only brand of anything I endorse.
    I have the same foot issues. I am an exclusive Nick customer for over 30 years.
    I suggest an onsite visit for the measurement, I would suggest a rough out bottom, with at least 10 inch uppers.

  9. KH
    February 25, 2015 Reply

    Zamberlan boots, or cabelas has a non insulated hunting boot that works great as well.

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