Need some new walking boots, who's good / bad these days?
Ooo me too, me too. 🙂
My Meindl Vakuum’s are shot. Many years old but not many miles (~500). Odd as I get ~300 out of fell shoes. The mid and outer sole are toast and the rand is splitting. On the upside, these were the most waterproof boots I’ve ever had.
So my (hijacked) spec is leather with Gore Tex for 3 season waddling. Anything more extreme will be with more appropriate kit.
One thousand apologies for the hijack but hopefully the answers will be common to us bothPosted 5 months agothegreatapeMember
I’ve also found Salomon boots good for my narrow heeled feet. Mine are quite old B2 boots though. I also have some Meindl Burmas and, although I’ve got them sorted now with inserts, they were wider at the heel and problematic to start with. People will quite rightly say that fit is more important than anything else. All I would add to that is that the Meindls were slipper comfy in the shop and round the house, the problem only came to light going up hills. How you test that I’m not sure.Posted 5 months agoswamp_boyMember
Lowa Renegades work well for me, but I have wider feet than average. Equally good on mountains, canyons, mud, also the unforgiving streets of London, as the work I do doesn’t justify a folding bike. My original pair are high fitting, they also do a lower, shoe like one. When the current pair pack up I’ll definitely go for the same again.Posted 5 months agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
If your feet are Salomon shaped then either go for the same again or for North Face.
+1 for this. Other lasts that might work if your feet fit Salomon well are La Sportiva and AKU. The only thing wrong with Salomon is the Contragrip sole’s less than stellar grip on wet rock ime. Less awful with the boots than the running shoes, but still not brilliant.Posted 5 months agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
I’d be trying these if I was in the market for any boots….
Altberg are good if you like traditional, stiff-soled walking boots – even the lightweight fabric one is pretty solid underfoot – and they’re really well made, but I suspect that someone who likes Salomon, will find them a bit clumpy.Posted 5 months agoDavesportSubscriber
If your feet like Salomon shaped boots why not buy another pair? I’m using a pair of Zamberlan Vioz boots which are excellent and also a pair of Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX. The Salomons are a similar fit but lighter and have a more flexible sole. My only grumble with the Vioz is that there’s no rand round the base of the upper to protect the leather from abrasion but otherwise a great four season boot that can take a C1 crampon.
D.Posted 5 months ago
Fit, fit and fit again. Best pair of boots in the shop ain’t worth diddly if they don’t fit your foot.
Had bad fitting boots before, feet were so chewed up half way through the Welsh 3000 I practically had to crawl! Good to get some thoughts on good makes these days, happy to travel to a shop that stocks several brands so I can try them out
Not got a budget, price is long forgottenPosted 5 months ago
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