best hiking boots for bunions

Best Hiking Shoes for Bunions

Walking with bunions is no joke. The level of pain is enough to make you reconsider going on a hike. It is also bad for your feet as it can worsen the condition. So much s you may have to undergo an operation to remedy the condition. To prevent this from happening, you need to take measures to prevent the bunions from being inflamed while you hike. The best way to do this is by wearing hiking shoes meant for people with bunions.

The secret is to wear shoes with room for your toes to have wiggle room. To prevent your toes from being squished together.  They should also be perfectly cushioned to avoid excess pressure from being exerted on your joints. With that in mind, here are the best hiking shoes for bunions.

Top 5 Hiking Shoes for Bunions in 2020

NameMaterialSolePrice
Lowa Men's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking BootWaterproof nubuck leatherRubber
KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking ShoeLeather and textileRubber
KEEN Women's Targhee II Mid Waterproof Boot100% Leather and syntheticVibram
Hanwag Alta Bunion Boot - Women's100% LeatherRubber
Timberland Women's White Ledge Mid Ankle Boot--

Timberland Women’s White Ledge Mid Ankle Boot


You know about Timberland boot and for a good reason. These are some of the most comfortable hiking boots for bunions.  Their uppers are made with premium 100% leather from an LWG Silver-rated tannery. They feature seam-sealed waterproof construction, speed lace hardware with lace hooks at the top, a padded collar and tongue for additional comfort, and a fully gusseted tongue that provides support and keeps debris out.

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They also have a cushioned EVA footbed and a dual-density EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning. Lastly, the rubber lug outsole provides excellent traction.

Features

  • Premium waterproof leather uppers
  • Fully gusseted tongue
  • Cushioned EVA footbed
  • Dual-density EVA midsole
  • Rubber lug outsole

Pros

  • Seam-sealed waterproof construction
  • Padded collar and tongue for additional comfort
  • Lightweight cushioning
  • Excellent traction

Cons

  • Not snow weather resistant

Lowa Men’s Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot


This hiking boot has a shaft that measures approximately 5″ from arch. The heel measures about 1.75″ and the platform measures about 1″. The boot features speed-lacing hardware and a padded tongue and collar. It also has a climate-control footbed that helps keep your feet cool as you hike.

The boot has a polyurethane midsole for added foot support, as well as a full-length nylon shank. The Vibram Evo outsole and 100% leather and synthetic upper make this a perfect hiking boot.

Features

  • 100% Leather and synthetic upper
  • Polyurethane Monowrap frame midsole
  • Full-length nylon shank
  • Vibram Evo outsole

Pros

  • Speed lacing hardware
  • Padded tongue and collar
  • Climate-control footbed

Cons

  • The toe space is not ideal for prominent footed individuals

KEEN Men’s Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Shoe


As Keen hiking boots go, this is one of the most reliable hiking boots in the market at the moment. They have a leather and textile upper part and a rubber sole. The shaft measures approximately 4.5″ from the arch and the heel measures about 2″. The boot opening measures about 12.5″ in circumference.

They feature a waterproof, breathable membrane that helps keeps your feet dry and comfortable all day long. By allowing vapor out without letting water in; All leather is treated with a PFC-free water repellant, so you still get the same protection without the harmful chemicals. The all-terrain rubber outsole provides a high-traction grip in all environments.

The Torsion stability External Support Shank (ESS) and the mid-cut height adds ankle support and balance while the contoured heel provides next-level stability.

Features

  • Leather and textile upper
  • Rubber sole
  • Breathable membrane
  • PFC-free water repellant
  • External Support Shank
  • Mid-cut height
  • Padded tongue and collar

Pros

  • Rubber outsole provides a high-traction grip in all environments
  • Torsion stability
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • The toe box is not wide enough for wide feet

KEEN Women’s Targhee II Mid Waterproof Boot


Keen boots have a reputation for being perfect hiking boots for people with bunions. This particular model features a waterproof nubuck leather and rubber soles. The shaft measures approximately 4.5″ from the arch.

The shoes’ waterproof nubuck upper repels water and debris making them waterproof. They also have a breathable membrane lining for increased comfort while walking.

The lining is made from a hydrophobic mesh for dry comfort. They also feature a removable, metatomical, EVA midsoles. Additionally, the shank offers lightweight support to prevent foot fatigue.

Features

  • Anti-odor
  • PFC free
  • 5” sloped sole
  • Hydrophobic mesh lining
  • Dual-density EVA midsole
  • ESS shank

Pros

  • Water repellant
  • Eco-friendly leather rubber sole
  • Waterproof
  • Breathable membrane

 Cons

  • The sole will delaminate over time

Hanwag Alta Bunion Boot – Women’s


The Hanwag women’s Alta Bunion GTX Boot is designed for people with bunions. It is a sturdy and supportive hiking boot that offers more space for the big toe joint. It has no seams at this location on the inside of the boot to prevent irritation. The boot’s lining is made of super soft chrome-free leather to ensure maximum comfort. The lining also has a GoreTex membrane that offers excellent wet weather protection.

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The outer part of the upper side is made from waxed nubuck for increased durability and support, due to its breathability and flexibility. The boot features deep pull lacing and clamping lace hook that helps the boots lace up securely and precisely. And its shock absorbers at the heel and ball of the foot help reduce foot fatigue on long hikes. Lastly, the flex zone at the heel helps to reduce any chances of rubbing.

Features

  • Deep pull lacing
  • Clamping lace hooks
  • Shock absorbers at the heel and ball of the foot
  • Upper: waxed nubuck
  • Lining: chrome-free leather
  • Goretex membrane
  • Outsole: Vibram
  • Flex zone at the heel

Pros

  • Durable and enhanced support
  • Great fit at the heel
  • Reduced foot fatigue
  • Classic lightweight
  • Specialist boot fitting service

Cons

  • The insole is very thin

Conclusion

The best hiking shoes for bunions should have a large toe box, like a penthouse condo. As well as insoles with cushioning that feel like you are walking on air. These two features combined will go a long way in preventing you from feeling pain when you go on hikes and worsening the bunions. Follow the ‘measure twice cut once’ analogy when picking a shoe size, especially when ordering online.

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