Get outside: 10 best walking boots
We’ve picked the best footwear to make the most of the great outdoors. With expert choices from Dominic Bates, editor of ‘Walk’ magazine
Monday 10 March 2014
Spring is round the corner, so what better time to make the most of the countryside, with a nice long hike? But don’t forget your boots.
“Decent footwear is the most important piece of kit for any walker,” says Dominic Bates, editor of Walk, the magazine of the Ramblers.
Three-season boots are your best bet, he advises. “They are suitable for all but the most arctic conditions.”
Whether you prefer the instant comfort of lighter fabric boots or the more traditional, longer-lasting leather boot, it’s essential they fit the shape of your foot, he adds. “I recommend getting a proper fitting in a specialist store, where you may be able to get customised insoles too.”
He’s helped us round-up the best out there this season for all budgets, from Salomon’s great value and lightweight Comet 3D to Scarpa’s Delta Gtx, which is renowned for being blister and hot spot free right from your first walk, as well as lasting you years.
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The Lowa Khumbu II Gtx is a supportive and protective heavy-duty boot that keeps your feet cool at all times. The Mammut Pacific Crest (or White Rose as the female version is called) is highly recommended thanks to its superb rigidity, durability and support. If you prefer something more lightweight, we’d suggest Adidas Terrex Fast R Mid Gtx, which has particularly impressive grip and support.
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