Finding the ideal pair of walking boots whether you are just starting out wanting to explore more of the outdoors or have many years of experience can be tricky, especially now that there are brands all over the world each using the latest technologies and innovating new designs to achieve the best performance possible. Also there are different types depending on everything from what climates you want to walk in to varying levels of comfort and support to choose from so here is a handy guide to three of the most popular walking boots currently available.
Brasher Hillmaster II GTX Boots
Year after year the Brasher Hillmaster boots have been top sellers in Britain and it’s fairly easy to see why; these traditionally styled footwear are made with full grain leather uppers which combined with a GoreTex performance comfort footwear liner makes them completely waterproof. One feature not often found in other walking boots is memory foam in the collar and tongue which will conform to the shape of your feet making them a custom like fit over time. This particular current version has shallower angled lugs than before which effectively keeps you gripped to any surface you’re likely to come across and the extremely comfortable midsole also has rand shock absorption built in to effectively help keep your feet safe from jarring impacts. These are ideal for any type of hiking or walk you want to travel and very reliable for lasting performance and comfort. UK Retailer
Columbia Bugaboot Plus II Omni Heat Boots
As the colder weather is a fairly common aspect of walking and hiking, particularly if you’re planning on traversing routes that take you to higher altitudes it is beneficial in those circumstances to have a winter hiking boot as one key feature not found on standard boots is appropriate insulation and with the Columbia Bugaboot Plus II Omni Heat boots you have that and much more. These are surprisingly lightweight considering they have 200g insulation that is rated to -32°C, and are made with seam-sealed leather which also makes them waterproof so whatever the weather throws at you there is assurance that your feet will remain comfy and warm. This particular Bugaboot model also has an articulated collar that gives plenty more flexibility and movement than most other hiking boots which is a distinct advantage. They also have dual compound lug patterns and high traction rubber named the Omni-Grip outsole technology which easily keeps grip on the types of treacherous terrain any hiker is likely to come across even in tough weather conditions. UK Retailer
Adidas GSG 9.7 Boots
Of course if you want hiking footwear that is uncompromising in every respect and designed to be used time and again in the toughest terrain conditions conceivable then why not try a military or combat boot instead much like the Adidas GSG 9.7 boot. The resilient constructions and performance technologies used make them perfect for walking and hiking; the upper is full grain leather so they’re tough plus the Cordura panels give it extra durability and help to control the internal climate making it more comfortable too. This particular model has a larger radial medial arch and an abrasion resistant Adituff insert both designed for safely and precisely rappelling manoeuvres which make them ideal for giving you better performance on any terrain. The Adiprene cushioning placed under the heel is one of the best protections against impacts available in a pair of boots and the tactical outsole has specially engineered Traxion lugs which do keep an unrelenting grip. Overall this is one tough boot made to be worn for hours at a time reliably and for much longer than a standard boot making them a reliable hiking boot for any type of trek of trail. UK Retailer
You won’t go wrong with any of these top three walking boots whatever track or route you’re planning on exploring, but there is plenty of other choice available too should you want something a bit different. For more information about walking routes in the UK then check out walking.org.