How to Size Your Foot and Find Hiking Boots Online || REI

How to Size Your Foot and Find Hiking Boots Online || REI

Shop for hiking boots while at home so you’re ready to go when trails reopen! Miranda walks you through how to size and choose hiking footwear… and yes, there is more cat content 😉

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  1. Clarence Smith on May 25, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    I’m 53 and over the years I have come to find out that no two shoe manufacturer has the same size. What I mean by that is I take a 8.5 now company A I will take a 8, company B i will take a 8.5 and company C I will take a 9. So my suggestion is to wait till everything opens up again and go in and try the shoes on before you buy them.

  2. Yankee Tanker on May 25, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I do love these videos; however every brand measures differently. Honestly when buying online I feel that it is best to order your size and if you can a half size up and and half size down. Get them all – wear them online inside; and then return the two pairs that do not fit as well.

  3. theylied1776 on May 25, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    The best hiking boots I’ve ever owned, I had four pair, were made by Nike in the early 2000s. They stopped making them around 2005 and I haven’t been able to find them anywhere. Which is odd because I can go to eBay right now and find some Timberlands that I owned in 2003.

  4. lindamalcovsky on May 25, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Shouldn’t you get a size larger than what you’ve prevent blisters..ect? Also..I have tried 2 different altras..I wanted to love them but..I cant stand the way my foot slips side to side in them..any advice..j hike very steep and rugged terrain here in western Massachusetts. TIA

  5. rtswift on May 25, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    1:59 "thats an odd placement for the big toe"

  6. Eddie Smedley on May 25, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    This is perfect, I put 3,000 miles on my boots last year and promptly grew out of them. I was gonna but a new pair but I didn’t know if I wanted to take The chance online.

  7. South Efrikan on May 25, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Really useful.

  8. abraham on May 25, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Nice vid

  9. Warren Philips on May 25, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    I called the REI customer service line and told them I wanted to send a pair of your favorite hiking boots in your size to "Miranda in the pacific northwest," they said they didn’t know you personally I needed to be more specific. They also mentioned that they’re not qualified to offer counseling and I should stop calling every day. It has been a long quarantine.

  10. Nero Wolfe on May 25, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    As someone who used to work in the outdoor industry:
    1) I hope you’re prepared to be patient. Boot buying online is a LONG process to get right, especially if you have an atypical foot, e.g. excessively narrow, wide, high arch, no arch, high volume, low volume, foot problems or medical issues, etc.
    2) Be prepared to pay a LOT for shipping AND return shipping. Boots are HEAVY.
    3) Be prepared to make a lot of trips to the Post Office, UPS, or FedEx to return what doesn’t fit.
    4) Set aside a LOT of money or use a credit card with a high limit. Good boots are expensive and dialing in the proper fit is hard. Be prepared to buy a lot of boots and return a lot of boots.
    5) EVERY BOOT / SHOE MAKER HAS THEIR OWN LASTS AND MOLDS. Just because you wear a size 9 in one brand means nothing for other brands, or even boots made by the same company. It’s a place to start, but… See: steps 1 to 4.
    6) If you can, it would be cheaper to take a day trip to a city with an REI or other outdoor retailer to try on all these boots and sizes, in person. A few hours in a car or train can save you a fortune in shipping costs and days / weeks in shipping times.
    7) Nothing beats trying on boots in store.
    8) Consider ordering custom boots, if you’ve got the time and money. Any good custom bootmaker is booked up months in advance, ARE NOT CHEAP, and may not offer returns of custom items.
    9) Once you’ve found the "right boot" be prepared to buy several sizes up and down from what you think you need, especially if the boot is sized in European sizes. Dialing in the proper fit is difficult; you may need a half or whole size up (most often), or down (far less often).

  11. Pepto Dismal on May 25, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    She seems so basic, like your second cousin from Wyoming that’s in nursing school. It’s oddly comforting. Keep killing’ it, Miranda. Your videos are my ASMR.

  12. Alex Swage on May 25, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Rei is on men’s hiking boots on wide sizes!!

  13. Delaney Brown on May 25, 2020 at 5:05 pm


  14. One Day One Mountain on May 25, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Hi miranda, pls Come to Indonesia, we have many beautiful Mountains to climb..

  15. PDX_Eric on May 25, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Your cat should have her/his own channel.

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