In my previous post
, I discussed the growing availability of size 15 footwear for giant-footed individuals like myself. But when it comes to specialty outdoor footwear, life can still be challenging. For all you Bigfoots out there, this is what I've learned.
For specialty activities like mountaineering or backcountry skiing, the market just isn't big enough for manufacturers to justify producing much in the way of size 15 boots. In several cases, I've found only a single style available for each activity. Here they are:
Lowa makes the Civetta
($330) up to size 14.5 and the beefier, warmer Civetta Extreme
($420) up to size 16.
These are sized according to the Mondo size scale. For a size 15, you need a Mondo Size 31. Most manufacturers stop at 29 or 30, though Scarpa
makes one style up to a 31 each year. They haven't yet posted their 2011 styles to their web site, but expect to see at least their classic T1 Telemark boot available in a Mondo 31.
Skate Skiing Boots
Fischer makes their RC7 Skating Boot
up to a size 49 (US Size 14+), which fortunately runs on the big side—it was the only skate ski boot I could find that fit.
Sidi America offers several road cycling shoes
up to size 50. They make their Genius 5 Pro
up to size 52 (US Size 16).
Rock Climbing Shoes
A surprising number of size 15 options are available from Five Ten
and Mad Rock
, among others.
” is an AMC Outdoors
blog, written by Matt Heid.