8 Best Ski Boots For Wide Feet: Men & Women 2020

by Simon Naylor | Updated On: March 24th, 2020
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Looking to buy your first ski boot or a seasoned pro but fed up with all those generic lists of best ski boots that don’t match up with your feet shape? After many hours of painstaking research, I’ve narrowed down this year’s best wide ski boots for men and women in 2019/20.

The first table is a summary of the best wide boots, with the more in-depth reviews & specs further down the page. To get the latest price of each boot just click: check price.

Best Men’s Wide Ski Boots -- Top Picks

Here is a rundown of our top picks in each category. Scroll down this page to read the full reviews of each.

1. Best Beginner

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2. Best Intermediate

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3. Best Advanced

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4. Best Expert

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Best Women’s Wide Ski Boots

5. Best Women’s Beginner

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6. Best Women’s Intermediate

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7. Best Women’s Advanced

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8. Best Women’s Expert

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What is a wide ski boot?

Ski boots widths can be categorized into three main lasts; narrow, average and wide. Based on the reference size of 26 (26cm length) a wide ski boot would be 102mm or wider.

A ski boot last refers to the width and the volume. Wider lasts have more internal space within the boot (vertically as well as horizontally) while narrower are slightly lower volume.

Shoe Width 👟
Ski Boot Last 🎿(Based on size 26)
A, BNarrow (97-98mm)
C,DAverage (100mm)
E+Wide (102-104mm+)

How do I know if my boots are too narrow?

If you’re wearing boots that are too narrow for your feet you may feel one of the following:

To check if your feet are too wide for your ski boots, measure your feet and measure the width of your ski boot liner and shell minus the width of the material.  Your foot should fit have room to sit within that space without being squeezed or your boots are too narrow for you.

You might need arch support rather than wider boots

If you already own a pair of ski boots and feel squeezing or pressure it may be because your feet are not being supported enough by the standard footbed and so are splaying out sideways into the shell of the boot. This alone can cause foot pain and it might not because your feet are too wide. This is the number one reason why people mistakenly think they have a wide foot or that their boots are too narrow.

Before going out and buying new boots, try to stabilize your foot by using a custom footbed with arch support. After reviewing many brands, one of my favorites is Superfeets REDhot insoles -- Click here to check the price on Amazon -- which will evenly re-distribute your weight across the foot and reduce stress on the feet, ankles, and knees.

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If you’ve tried arch support or discounted this possibility then it’s time to look at wide boot options. I’ve reviewed all the best wide ski boots for different levels of skiers from beginners to experts below.

How to choose a wide ski boot?

There are a few things to be aware of when choosing a new ski boot;

The flex rating of a boot refers to how stiff or flexible the materials are. New skiers or beginners will benefit from a soft or low flex which makes it easier to transfer energy into the boot and ski at lower speeds and with less movement. The better skier you are, the more you weigh and the more you move your weight as you ski the more you will benefit from a higher flex.

Choosing the right flex boot will make learning to ski or improve your skiing technique much easier. Choosing the wrong flex is limiting and will make it much more challenging to progress and enjoy your time on the slopes. I cover flex in more detail on my main boot buying guide.

Flex Rating ⛷MenWomen
Beginner/Intermediate60-8050-60
Intermediate/Advanced60-8065-80
Advanced/Expert110-12085-100
Expert/Racer130+110+

Now let’s take a look at my top picks for wide ski boots.

Best Wide Beginner Ski Boot

1. 2018 Nordica Cruise 60 Ski Boot

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The Nordica Cruise boot comes in a soft flex of 60 -- perfect for new skiers. It is a medium to wide boot with a width of 104mm (size 26) -- Best fits a wide forefoot and medium shaft of the leg. Designed for the true beginner to mellow intermediate skier who has a wide forefoot and medium to wide leg shape.

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Best Wide Early Intermediate

2. Salomon X-Access Wide

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The Salomon X-access comes in a range of flexes from 60-80 -- perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers -- but no flex option for expert skiers. It is a wide boot with a width of 104mm (size 26) and will comfortably fit most wide feet for all-day comfort and great performance.

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Best Wide Advanced Intermediate 

3. Tecnica Ten.2 70 HVL Ski Boot

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The Tecnica Ten.2 70 HVL comes in one flex of 100 -- perfect for advanced intermediate skiers. It is a wide boot with a width of 102mm (size 26) -- Best fits a wide forefoot and medium shaft of the leg.  This ski boot is designed for all-mountain use and will work well paired with all-mountain skis, from groomed slopes to off-piste.

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Best Wide Expert Ski Boots

4. Atomic 2018 Hawx Magna 110 Ski Boots

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The Atomic 2018 Hawx Magna 110 Ski Boots comes in a stiff flex of 110 -- perfect for advanced and expert skiers. The flex can be adjusted on the boot itself by 10 points up or down to suit your style of riding and the snow conditions. It is a wide boot with a width of 102mm (size 26). Not only does the boot have a wider shell it also has a wider tongue and calf profile.

The boot interior uses Thinsulate insulation for extra warmth and comfort while maintaining a tight expert fit for wide feet.

The boot has an adjustable forward lean, so you can personalize the stance to fit your preferred skiing style and body position -- ranging from 13-17° degrees.

If you don’t consider yourself an expert skier but are interested in this boot there is an early intermediate men’s and women’s specific version of this boot -- links below.

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Best of the Rest

5. Dalbello Panterra MX 100 Ski Boots

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The Dalbello Panterra MX 100 Ski Boots is an awesome boot with a mid-wide forefoot and medium calf volume. It comes in a 100 flex for advanced intermediates or expert skiers that want a responsive yet durable shell at speed (90 flex also available).

It has a 103mm last which is a good width for medium to wide feet. My favorite thing about this boot is that it is heat moldable, which means if you take it to a ski shop they can heat the boot and then mold it to the unique shape of your feet. This will relieve pressure on sensitive parts of your feet and improve overall blood circulation and comfort, while still providing a tight performance fit.

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6. K2 B.F.C. 90 Ski Boots

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The K2 B.F.C. 90 Ski Boots comes in a medium flex of 90 -- perfect for intermediate to advanced skiers.  It is a medium-wide boot with a width of 102-103mm. Great for skiers with a medium to wide forefoot and leg shape. This boot will accommodate a high instep and a larger calf volume.

This boot makes use of K2 Powerfuse Spyne technology which adds reinforcements to the back of the boot allowing it to flex forward more powerfully and rebound at speed. These boots have a ramp angle and natural skier stance that is optimized for use with rocker style skis.

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7. HEAD Advant 95 Edge

  • Flex: 85
  • Width: 104 mm last
  • Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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This is a wide intermediate boot with an 85 flex and a 104mm last. The boot has a Progressive Duo Flex construction which improves control at speed and performance without sacrificing comfort for skiers with larger feet.

The shell uses a progressive flex, so that the more you lean into it the more response you get. It also has a flex adjuster on the spine of the boot which allows you to increase or decrease the flex with a flick of a buckle.

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Wide Ski Boots For Women

Women’s specific ski boots have a shell and liner profile that more closely matches the shape of the average woman’s foot. They also tend to have more padding at the rear and a different cuff shape to accommodate the average women’s lower calf muscle. Women’s boots are typically available in lower flexes (boot stiffness) so that it is easier to transfer power through to the ski with less muscle mass or weight relative to your boot size.

Not all women will benefit from a women’s specific ski (as it depends on your individual body structure), but many women’s will. More on the differences between men and women’s ski boots at the bottom of this page.

Best Women’s Wide Beginner Ski Boot

8. Nordica Sportmachine 65 W Womens Ski Boots

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The Nordica Sportmachine 65 W Womens Ski Boot is a great first-time boot for women skiers that want a comfortable ski boot with a medium to wide last of 102mm (size 26) -- it has a medium to wide forefoot and medium to wide leg shape. It has a cushy liner and wider cuff shape designed to accommodate a woman’s lower calf.

It has four micro-adjustable buckles for a precise fit and an upper cuff adjustment for a really comfortable fit without feeling like your swimming around inside your boot.

The boot also comes in a men’s or unisex version with a stiffer flex of 80, which would be more suited to a stronger or heavier skier.

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Best Women’s Wide Early Intermediate 

9. Dalbello Kyra MX 70 W Womens Ski Boots

  • Flex:  70
  • Width: 102-103mm
  • Level: Intermediate

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Dalbello Kyra MX 70 W Womens Ski Boots

Another pick from Italian ski boot specialist Dalbello. This women’s specific boot has a flex of 70 which is great for athletic beginners and intermediate skiers looking for performance in a wide foot fit. If you’re a stronger, heavier or more athletic in your skiing then this boot also comes in an 80 flex version with a stiffer shell for high-speed skiing (links below).

The Kyra boot has a wide last of 103mm which is great for a medium-wide and or higher volume feet. My favorite thing about this boot is it’s hike walk mode function which changes the flex of the boot with a flick of a switch at the spine of the boot -- making hiking uphill or through the resort that bit easier.

Main Features
  • ✅  Supercomfort liner
    ✅  Hike/Ski cuff mode
  • ✅  Center balanced stance makes skiing less fatiguing on rocker skis.
Boot Options

Best Women’s Wide Advanced Intermediate

10. K2 B.F.C. 90 W Women’s Ski Boots

  • Flex: 90
  • Width: 103 mm last
  • Level: Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate

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This is the Women’s specific version of the K2 (also my selection one of my top men’s pick). It’s a magnificent boot with a 103mm wide last and an advanced intermediate flex of 90 for athletic skiers. The 103mm last best fits women with a medium to wide foot shape and a medium to wide leg shape.

It comes with K2’s CushFit liner for excellent warmth and comfort while optimizing for a tight it on average-wide feet.

It features a 40mm Velcro power strap and cuff shape for lower calf muscles.

Main Features
  • ✅ CushFit liner
    ✅ Apres mode for walking
  • ✅ Hands-free entry
Boot Options

Best Women’s Wide Expert

11. APEX HP-L Women’s Ski Boots

  • Flex: 75-95
  • Width:  101-105mm (heat moldable)
  • Level:  Advanced Intermediate/Expert

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These ski boots are incredible and unlike anything else, you may have seen. They are modeled on snowboard boots and consist of a soft walking boot that sit inside an open chassis to delivery epic performance whilst being incredibly comfortable all day.

These boots start off with a 101mm last that is heat moldable up to 105mm making this boot an excellent choice for the advanced and expert female skier that wants a wide, but precise fit.

These boots use Thinsulate insulation for extra comfort and incredible warmth even in very cold weather. Walking in these boots is as comfortable as snowboard boots.

Despite their comforts these boots are not beginner boot, they’re for all mountain use from black diamond runs to park and backcountry riding.

Main Features
  • ✅  Unique Open Chasis
    ✅  Heat mouldable
  • ✅  Thinsulate insulation
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That’s a wrap -- good job for reading this far! Below are some follow-up questions related to ski boots and my final thoughts on the topic.

How long do ski boots last?

Ski boots last typically last between 5-6 years or 5-200 skiing days before their performance diminishes significantly. The final number depends on how much you use them, how aggressive your skiing is and if you have walked long distances without wearing ski boot tracks that protect the soles (I recommend Yaktrax which are light, cheap and do a great job at protecting your shiny new boots).

When these become too worn down it makes the connection between your boots and the bindings less secure. This reduces your energy transfer and skiing performance and can be dangerous in case of extreme wear as you could be ejected from your bindings at high speed.

Read this If you’re interested in learning more on the topic of ski boot lifespan.

When should I replace my bootliners?

Bootliners wear out nearly twice as fast as ski boot shells because the materials aren’t as strong and they take the brunt of your foot’s movements. Expect 40-100 full skiing days before optimum performance diminishes.

ski boot liner

When they get compacted out and unevenly shaped it’s time to replace them. Not only will your feet suffer but so will your skiing ability and enjoyment. Reward yourself with a nice new pair of boot liners to get the most out of your ski boots.

Here are three great options for liners that I would recommend exploring:

  1. Intuition Liners
  2. Zipfit Liners
  3. Foam Injected Liners (i.e Sidas )

More on this over at When to replace ski boot liners?

Can my new boots be stretched?

Possible. Beginner and early intermediate boots tend to be much harder (and therefore more expensive) for a boot fitter to stretch while advanced or expert ski boots tend to be manufactured in a way that makes it easier for the boot fitter to relieve pressure points in specific places.

Stretching a ski boot involves heating the plastic shell and warping it into a precise shape by beating and pulling the materials. You can learn more about the process and the costs involved over on: Will my ski boot stretch?

Do ski boots fit all ski bindings?

Generally YES, most alpine (downhill) ski boots are compatible with downhill skis.

If the ski boot is more than one size larger or smaller than the ski bindings are set to then the bindings may need to be remounted so the boots sit in the right place along the ski (for skis with bindings already mounts). Otherwise, if it is just one size then you can adjust the position on the bindings without removing it.

If you’re buying brand new skis then you can get them mounted to the right place the first time.

Check out my other article on the subject If you want to know more about re-mounting ski bindings and how many times it can be done.

How long does it take to break in new ski boots?

Around 5-6 full skiing days but it depends on how aggressive you ski and the construction of your boot liners.

ski boot stretch

 

Difference between men and women’s ski boots?

All boots are ‘unisex’ and can be worn by men or women, but women-specific boots tend to have a lower flex and a wider cuff.

 

Women on average have calves that are lower and wider, with feet that have a narrower heel profile and wider forefeet. Men’s ski boots can limit blood flow by putting too much pressure on the calves.
The Real Difference Between Men (Unisex) & Women’s Skis: Boots

Women’s specific boots also tend to have more white & blue or more feminine graphics.

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Men & women ski boot side by side

Not all women benefit from wearing a women’s specific ski boot and some may prefer the fit and feel of a unisex ski boot. The same is true for men with lower and wider calves -- they can benefit from a women’s specific boot or one with a suitable cuff shape.

Where possible I have tried to link out to Women’s version of the wide ski boots reviewed above.

Most rental ski boots are a wide fit

If you’ve rented ski boots before and are considering buying new boots for yourself you might not be aware that most rental ski boots are a wide fit. This means that if you are wide footed you might not have realized because the boots fit you fine. 
If you buy medium or narrow width (and your feet are wide) then you will be extreme discomfort and your new boots may be unusable. So it’s really important to check what category of boot width you fit into before buying a pair.

Final thoughts

That’s a wrap. I hope you’ve narrowed it down to the best wide ski boot for your level of skiing. Be sure you’re picking a boot with the right flex and within a width range that matches closest to your foot shape.

Comment below if you have any questions, and if you want to check out my other reviews or skiing tips feel free to browse.

Bonus: How to keep your feet warm?

I cover all this and much more on my full article. Read my full guide to keeping feet warm.

P.S Best Narrow Boots

If you’ve realized you’re a narrow fit or know someone who is, then I have a duplicate of this page but specifically for narrow boots. Read, Best Ski Boots For Narrow Feet.

Simon Naylor, the founder of New To Ski, started skiing in 2005. He has continued to practice his skills and wanted to share his journey and knowledge with other new skiers. He launched New To Ski in 2018 to help first-time skiers have more fun on the slopes and get out and explore the mountains safely.