18 October 2006
These Boots Were Made for Hiking...
...and that's just what they'll do!
After much searching and trying on of boots, I have finally found a pair to take to Switzerland. After all, you cannot possibly live in the Land of the Alps without a sturdy pair of hiking boots. But I knew going into it that I faced an issue -- my size 12 AAAA feet (size 44 European and extremely narrow).
Hey, my feet match my just shy of 6 feet height! Quit snickering! And don't bother with the jokes. I've heard all of them before. Trust me.
After weeks of research, I learned there are no companies out there that make a woman's hiking boot in that size. For boots with a great fit, I would need to go with custom-made and terribly expensive. That seemed excessive.
Further research showed that there are limited companies that make a men's narrow boot. And discussions with hiking boot salespeople revealed that only one company had a men's boot that tends to run more narrow than the others. What you are seeing is literally the only pair of boots that could possibly work for me.
Therefore, it is little wonder that I am so extremely happy to have finally found them! Yeah!!!
The only thing that makes me a little sad is they do not come in any fun colors. Moss green is the only choice. However, beggars cannot be choosers, now can they?