The importance of good footwear can't be emphasized enough. It can make or break your outdoor activity.
My favorite boots are the Zamberlain Vioz. They come in men's and women's and I have tried both. I have a narrow to average heel, but need more room in the toe box. I find these boots have enough room in the toe box but are not sloppy in the heel. I also find I need a waterproof boot in Alaska and have used these boots in all seasons including winter. They have never let me down.
What I like about them:
-waterproof with a gortex liner
-good support without being too stiff or heavy
-no break-in, no blisters right out of the box
-full-grain leather construction for better wear
Zamberlan Women's 996 Vioz GT Hiking Boot
Zamberlan Men's 996 Vioz GT Hiking Boot
INSOLES are also an importance piece of equipment to have in your outdoor equipment arsenal. They can breathe new life into an old pair of boots, but I also use them in new boots.I have tried many types of insoles over the years, and have found Superfeet to be the best. I like the orange (men's) or berry (women's) Superfeet because they have some cushioning as well as a good heel cup which holds my heel in place.
Superfeet Men's Orange