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By brittany kruger
From Duluth, MN
Feb 26, 2012
I'm in the market to buy my first pair of mountaineering boots. I have a wide forefoot for a woman, and have always purchased mens climbing shoes since 'women specific' shoes often seems to just mean 'narrower'. Does the same hold true for mountaineering boots, or are there other differences I'm not aware of? I'm unfortunatly in an area where I can't pop down to the local store to try on different styles. Looking to use them for 3-season alpine climbs low in technical grade, probably including an early summer bid on Rainier (early June). I'm assuming I should be looking for a small pair of mens boots. Input?


By Tim Zander
Feb 27, 2012
I have narrow feet and fit nicely into womens la sportiva. I use a womens mythos and Nepal Evo. The mens of each were more wide than the womens

By christa
Mar 29, 2012
Topping out on Weeping Winds
I'm no expert, but in my experience, women's boots are built on an overall narrower last then a men's boots. If you have a wide forefoot, you're probably better off going with a men's model. You just might run into a issue with "heel slop."

By Kari Post
From Keene, NH
Nov 3, 2012
Me climbing in Jamaica, VT. Photo by Rachel Squire...
Brittany, I'd love to hear what your experience ended up being. With women's fit boots I often find the ball of the foot area to be too narrow but my heels will still slip. I'm not sure if men's boots would just provide more room everywhere.

By Noah.J
From Carrboro, NC
Dec 12, 2012
Breithorn ski descent
My ladyfriend has gone through a couple pairs of mountaineering boots, both in small mens sizes (Koflach Degre and Millet Radikal Pros) . She has a slightly wider foot and tends to like that aspect of how the boots fit.


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