Model: 331 Amelia GTX WNS
Our take Fact: Women have bonier ankles and narrower feet than men. And another: There are still plenty of women’s boots that are built on a men’s last, which causes sizing and support problems for ladies. This is why we love the Amelia, which has a narrower heel cup and toebox. Designers also included an arch stabilizer that supports women’s higher arches. None of our female testers who tried the Amelia had any fit complaints, including one who undertook a steep, 1,200-foot climb to California’s Heart Lake on her first outing.
The details With a mid-high ankle cuff, rubber toe rand, and dual-density PU midsole, the Amelia is at home
on rough trails under loads up to 40 pounds. The Nubuck upper and Gore-Tex liner kept our feet protected and warm—sometimes too warm. Tradeoff: This Italian-made boot is the most expensive in the test.
Trail cred “This is the Land Rover of boots,” said our tester after multiple hikes in California’s Eastern Sierra. “They’re functional and durable enough for the long haul, even if the price might make you blink .”