Lowa's Zephyr GTX Mid ($180) are similar to the Vasque Breezes, with a composite leather and nylon upper, a Gore-Tex liner, and an emphasis on breathability. I like their external polyurethane exoskeleton, which adds support without bulk. Like most boots in this class, they have nylon shanks for light weight and flexibility on day hikes or with a light load.
The fit in all of these boots will be improved with some Superfeet Green insoles ($40). They're the “high-volume” model, meaning they’re for low-volume and narrow feet.
My last piece of advice is this: Buy two pairs of boots and let one dry out while you're hiking in the other.
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