North Face's new range of boots has proved very popular. The Triple Divide Mid (so called as it ends halfway up the ankle) is a kind of boot-cum- shoe made of nubuck leather. Available in blue or brown.

To buy: pounds 79.99. For nearest stockists call SSM Freesports (0181-785 0851)


Street fashion this summer has developed a more rugged look and, as part of this trend, people are deserting trainers for footwear such as the Salomon Exit II Low. They are available in dark olive/dark grey for men, and light brown/dark grey for women.

To buy: pounds 59.99. For nearest stockists, call Salomon (01256 479555)


For conscientious walkers, the Meindl Burma is solidly constructed from nubuck leather and offers good foot protection. Not only is the Gore-Tex "sock" lining guaranteed waterproof, it also allows your feet to breathe. The Vibram sole is light, despite the double-density cushioning.

To buy: pounds 119.99. For nearest stockists, call Meindl (01539 560214)