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Godsend for the narrow foot

I wear a women's 8.5 narrow, one foot is 1/2 size shorter than the other and I have a high arch but a pathetically thin instep (I can almost close my index finger and thumb around it.) Finding hiking shoes/boots is awful but I tried these and they are grand! I did put in an addition 3/4 lenght insole to give more arch support and cushion for my heel. Wore the boots as new for 3 days of 5-7 hr. hikes and rock scrambling and they were fantastic. They are very light, about half the weight I'm used to with my narrow leather Vasques, were pliant but supportive, bent well at the ankle and had absolutely no rubbing points. I'm able to tighten the laces enough to fit without the sides of the boot overlapping across my arch and my skater's bunions are happy. Usually my boot toes look gathered at the point of origin for the laces but these are almost smooth and the boots look lean and stylish. They had excellent traction on smooth rocks and cleaned up beautifully after getting red mud on them. (I did spray them with anti-stain stuff.) I adore them and wear them just for kickin' around because they are so comfortable. They also have room for a medium to thick sock. Thank you Scarpa!

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I got a size 40, to fit my long foot. I've since had to get custom ski boots to fit my feet as the long foot is almost a full size longer now. I use Spenco inserts, neoprene with arches, in 3/4 length to make the boot fit. This way there is still lots of room in the toe box for toes that flip up, like mine.