I've pretty much quit hiking due to the foot problems. Oh, I'll do a short hike now and again but I no longer have backpacking trips on the calendar. I can't walk very far because my feet hurt, and I think it's because I can't find boots or shoes to fit me.
I've run through the gamut trying to find hiking boots or trail shoes. I have come to a dead end. There is only one bootmaker, Lowa, which comes close with their Renegades, but even those really do not fit. I bought a pair of Salomon men's trail runners. They run narrow, and are long enough. I can probably use them for some short hikes, but I really don't feel very secure in them.
I went to REI and the guy who measured my feet insisted I wear two sizes shorter than what I do wear, and brought me boots to "prove" it. My toes crumpled up in the toe box, of course. That man wandered off and stopped waiting on me. That was at REI Flagstaff.
I went to Summit Hut and they understand my problem. They agreed with me. They told me: "There are no boots or trail shoes made in your size." Period. I was glad to hear that from them because I do respect their expertise. The problem is that once the boot companies started having all the boots made in China they changed the lasts (sizing) and stopped making some of the odd sizes.
Don't tell me to do an internet search for women's 11.5 AA or AAA hiking boots. They don't exist, okay? Not to be found anywhere.
So far I've looked at a couple of websites for custom bootmakers specializing in hiking boots. One is in Santa Cruz (Felton) and the other is in New Hampshire in the White Mountains. I'll look further, but here is what I've found so far:
http://www.limmercustomboot.com/cgi-bin ... t/index.pl