THE VERSATILE:

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)

THE LIGHTWEIGHT:

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)

THE STURDY:

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)

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