A good pair of boots is probably one of the most important pieces of kit you can have, but with so many on offer it can be hard to make the right decision. So we’ve rounded up a selection of some of the best walking boots to make things a little bit easier for you. This post contains information about four specific models of hiking boot from Berghaus, Brasher, Salomon and Trezeta. Our advice page contains general information about walking boots, including choosing which type of walking boot is suitable for the type of walking that you will be doing.
The classic look of the Explorer Ridge incorporates a full grain leather construction, but equally stands up a little softer than heavier full-on mountain boots making them an ideal 2/3 season walking boot.
There are some nice extra little features in the Explorer Ridge GTX including tune-able lacing which allows your feet to expand when hot, but keeps your ankles well supported.
The Gore-Tex membrane is there to manage climate control when things get hot under foot, and Berghaus’ PU mid-sole takes care of the all-important mid-sole cushioning.
The Brasher Hillmaster GTX is a classic walking boot with modern technology that’s designed to be comfortable straight out of the box.
The boot features a full grain brown leather upper and a Gore-Tex lining, making it waterproof and breathable. This winning combination not only keeps out the cold and the rain, but allows excess heat and moisture to escape for all day comfort and hopefully no blisters either. The sole on the Brasher is good although doesn’t preform brilliantly on wet rock.
The Brasher Hillmaster GTX may not be a technologically advanced boot packed full with fancy features but it is a hardwearing, “classic” walking boot which offers good value for money.
The Quest 4D is a lightweight 3 season boot from salomon. The sole and chasis for the boot are based on salomons classic trail running shoes, which offers a good level of comfort and feels great over a mix of terrain. The upper is made from more traditional suede and a rubber rand around the toe offers reasonable protection from rocks. The Salomon Quest 4D do have quite a narrow fit and quite a high ankle making them snug with plenty of support but not necessarily to everyones taste. Overall Salomon combine of the modern chasis and traditional upper to create a great boot for adventure racing and lightweight walking.
The Snowdon Mid Hiking Boots combine classic styling with the latest technology to make lightweight walking boot which is fashionable and practical. Made from full grain leather, the eVent membrane makes it waterproof and highly breathable. The boots are finished off with a classic vibram sole offering good grip in most conditions. My only minor quibble with this boot is that the ankle could be a little bit higher to offer some more support. Overall a great value for money boot.