That said, I'm a little surprised you can't find a comfortable hiking shoe, unless you're one of these people who takes a size 14EEE and wonders why no one makes hiking boots that fit them. I can suggest three boots that are renowned for both comfort and fit. One is the Asolo FSN 95 GTX ($150; www.asolo.com). This shoe appeared in 2001 to wild acclaimit has the support of a midweight hiker, but feels more like a solid trail runner. Very comfortable. L.L. Bean's Cresta Leather Hiker ($169; www.llbean.com) seems to fit nearly everyoneit's available in widths and on a women's last and is an extremely capable all-around midweight boot. Lastly, Montrail's Sandia Peak ($120) is a light, women-specific trail bootit doesn't even appear in men's sizes.
There are several advantages of a hiking boot over trail runners: better support, better protection from rocks and sticks, and better weather and water resistance. They weigh a little more, true, but the above models all are admirably light.
Have a good trip! I'll be in Glacier in September on a bike tour.
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