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The Salewa Women's Alp Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boot gives you feel of an approach shoe—thanks to its tough rand and to-the-toe lacing—as well as the comfort and light weight of a hiking shoe. How hard is this feat to pull off? Hard enough that Backpacker Magazine endowed the men's version of this boot with the 2011 Editor's Choice award. Not many boots manage that, do they?

  • Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane blocks water and lets your feet breathe so you stay dry and comfortable
  • 3F heel system uses a steel cord to transfer lace support around your feet, giving you exceptional support and fit without hampering movement
  • EVA midsole and PU shock absorber cushion your foot on descents, and the Multi-Fit Footbed allows you to adjust the volume of the footbed in the shoe for a perfect fit
  • A thin neoprene ankle collar keeps sand and debris from working into the boot and causing hot spots
  • KEVLAR® rands give you durable protection from abrasive rocks and increase your grip when your hike starts to look more like a climb
  • Extended climbing lacing towards the front allows you to dial in your fit
  • Vibram Hike Approach soles gives your feet great traction even on slippery surfaces
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My second pair

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small
  • Size Bought: 9.5

I love these boots! I'm a guy with a narrow, low-volume foot. My first pair worked perfectly for me for 4 years. Best boots I've ever had for their intended usage. They are light enough that I use them for day hikes instead of trail runners, and supportive enough for backpacking. Absolutely no break-in required for MY feet, ymmv. With every other boot I've ever had, I could not wait to change out to camp shoes at the end of the day, not so with these.
So, I bought a second pair before they get redesigned.

Too small

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs small

This boots came very quickly, practically in 2-3 days after we bought them. Looking very beautiful and very light and well done....but I am so sorry I cannot wear them! I already have several pairs of shoes made in Italy, and all of them in euro-size 37-38 (US 6.5-7). I ordered these boots in 38.5 (US 7.5) to have more room for a thicker socks but cannot put even a thin one on. They fit me very tight, no way I can walk in them, I have to return, I would love to try a size EU-39, or 8(US) but so sorry, they do not have it for now.
Actually, my feet are not wide, just narrow-to-medium.
If you order, you must have time to try them before your trip.
I was reading in the comments that it takes a few days to break them, so I tried it for 20 minutes and stop feeling my left foot. Some people recommended to take the insole out but I do not want to do that, I need that support.
It is first time happened to me with Italian shoes. They are usually very, very comfortable.

sometimes kill my heels

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

the best boot ever for a narrow feet or low volume feet,really sticky sole for clambering over rocks,if water gets on the top of boot either from rain or crossing stream feet get wet...I live on the wet coast!The big problem for me are the blisters,tried different socks,different ways of tying laces,mole skin.Sometimes get blisters sometimes not,I think its to do with where the steel cord is,I am determined to get through this as really I have never had a boot that fit so well and after a 21km hike very steep in places I managed to run the last 3km as the boot is so light and flexible and yet supportive.

Great hiking & approach boot!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I've had this boot for 2 seasons now, and I use it for hiking and a bit of scrambling. I love the lightness of this boot, the snug fit, the ankle support, the rubber welt to protect from rocks, the flared heel which provides great stability going down rocks & steep trails. I love the forefoot flex which lets my foot roll normally. I definitely would buy another pair of these, but right now, mine are still in good shape.

bootboot riot

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I would say these run true to size, however, considering it is a hiking/backpacking boot I'd suggest sizing up 0.5 size from what you generally order to allow your foot some space to swell up without giving you a ton of blisters, especially if you are planning on wearing a thicker sock. I have really narrow feet, these worked out really well for me, do not get these if you have a wide foot, they will not work for you even with the multi-fit foot bed adjusted to the smaller option. I love that the laces go all of the way down to the toes, you can really customize your fit with that feature. The Heel set up is amazing, I have absolutely no heel slippage with this boot.

It took me a few 5 mi. hikes in these for them to start breaking in.

Salewa Women, Around the World & Back

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I first purchased the Salewa Alp Trainer Women's Hiking Boots for trekking in Iceland. From the snow covered glaciers to the waves crashing over our boat on the open ocean in search of whales, I was the only one in the group whose feet stayed warm & dry. So I brought them with me to New Zealand, South America, and back again. No matter the weather conditions, terrain, or temperature, these are the best pair of hiking boots I have ever owned, and I wouldn't trade them for the world!

its perfect for me.

    it read some bad things about galling the hell but its not true. I talked with back country live chat they said me true size for me. I use it very bad conditions. ? glad to buy it. I broke my left ankle a year ago so ? bought it this shoes to walk safety :)

    Great boot

      I work with Paragon Guides and have been looking for a lighter hiking boot. This boot has been perfect so far, and wore well right out of the box. If you need a boot for trail and off trail hiking with only a light pack then this is a boot for you. The lacing system make for alot of adjustment in the boot fit. Cant wail to get them on the trail again.

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      I have the Salewa Alp Trainer GTX womens...

      I have the Salewa Alp Trainer GTX womens in a 7.5, which is my usual size in hiking boots. I have pretty narrow feet and they fit great -- but I have to use a super low-volume insole (the Sole ones provide great arch support for me but I have to use the really thin one, making for a pretty hard surface that my poor forefoot is landing on). Anyone have experience trying a half size up to be able to fit a thicker/cushier insole? Or will I just end up with a boot that's too long and a different t of problems? This is still the best boot I've ever found for my foot; did 2 hard weeks trekking in Bhutan with them and did fine even with the thin insole -- just looking for an even more comfortable alternative for next time :-)

      I need this boot in a size 11. ASAP, of...

      I need this boot in a size 11. ASAP, of course! I Can't find it anywhere. Any insight?

      Hey there, unfortunately we don't have size 11 in our inventory. Sorry for the bad news. Have you tried the 'find a dealer near you' feature on the Salwea website? Maybe try and give the dealers a call to see if they have a 11 in stock? Here is the link to Salwea;

      Hope this helps!

      Why is the salewa men's alp trainer $129...

      Why is the salewa men's alp trainer $129 while women's is $198?

      I would like the alp trainer women's for $129 also! Size 10 please!

      Is the 1 lb 2 oz weight for one boot or...

      Is the 1 lb 2 oz weight for one boot or the pair?

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      I need black boots for work, is the mint...

      I need black boots for work, is the mint green only on the stitching? Also I wear a street shoe size of 6.5 womens and I have a narrow to medium width, should I stay with 6.5?


      Are these shoes (9.5 women's) good for...

      Are these shoes (9.5 women's) good for people with narrow feet? I really want these to work for me!

      I would love to try this boot. Does it...

      I would love to try this boot. Does it run true to size?

      I disagree. I bought my usual size 9 and it is a tad too big. I'm pretty sure the 8.5 would be too small though so I am keeping them. There are 2 insoles inside, you can use both for a smaller fit or take one out and it will give a little more room.

      I would love to try this boot. Is it made...

      I would love to try this boot. Is it made in a women's 10.5