Talk to me about walking boots
I’ve had a pair of Meindl’s for over ten years that have been superb – waterproof all day and super comfy. They’re just starting to get a bit past it and I’d easily buy the same again. Don’t know where they lie on the boot hierachy but they were reasonably expensive IIRC.
Only thing is they’re a classic sort of big boot. I’d guess there’s more modern constructions and materials that can create a much lighter boot if that was what you were after.Posted 4 months agoscotroutesSubscriber
No need for leather.
If you’re a Salomon shape, Scarpa will likely feel wide on the heel. North Face might fit though.
I use Salomon X Ultra Mid boots for three seasons on the mountains, only breaking out something a bit more robust if I’m likely to need crampons.Posted 4 months ago
I seem to have a narrow heel and wide forefoot, many if not most boots feel sloppy on the heels.
Have also owned TNF light shoes that got used for casual, they fit well but didn’t last that long.
If I am ever lucky enough to need crampons again in my life I have a very old pair of 3/4 stiffened boots in the loft that will do so that’s not a big issue.Posted 4 months agobinnersSubscriber
Shop around and see whats in the sales.
I recently treated myself to a pair of leather, gore-tex lined Meindl’s. I needed to get some new boots to replace my nackered Keens. The Meindl’s were on offer in one of the shops in Betws-y-coed, reduced from £200 to £130.
They’re quality kit, the most comfortable thing I’ve ever put on my feet, and I expect them to last foreverPosted 4 months agosweepyMember
@binners the sole (haha) review of the Keens on Go Outdoors said the soles were very slippery in the wet – did you find that?
I had some keens that were poor in the wet, mainly going downhill. It was the rounded heel that caused it.
I think it was Scarpa tried a more rounded heel BITD but had to discontinue it for the same reason.Posted 4 months agoransosSubscriber
They’re quality kit, the most comfortable thing I’ve ever put on my feet, and I expect them to last forever
Mine wore out after about 12 years (the foam part of the sole is disintegrating). Meindl say that they can repair them, so they’ll be going back for a refurb shortly.Posted 4 months agocraig24Member
Just bought myself a pair of these last week –
Comfortable, waterproof and well priced at £48. Also feel quite light, but I haven’t anything else to compare them to.Posted 4 months ago
For what I’d consider ‘general’ walking – muddy family walks in the woods to Welsh hills to occasional Welsh mountain. I don’t think I need anything particularly gnarly.
Salomon boots tend to fit me well. Also think Scarpa do as I once tried on a pair and they were great – that was a long time ago though. However cost is a factor and Scarpa are spendy.
Any good value brands I should be considering?
Do I want leather or not?Posted 4 months agosilvermattMember
I got a pair of Brasher hillmaster about 10 years ago. Really comfy but the sole did wear down – not that it made noticeable difference though. I recently bought a new pair on Amazon for £85 which is nearly half the RRP. If I can get another 10 years from this pair I’ll be very happy.
The new ones are now Berghaus as they bought the brasher brand but its near enough the same and comfy straight from the box. They now have a Vibram sole so might wear less but feels like the same material. Both pairs are leather and I’d recommend this for the toughness and the ease of applying fresh wax to help keep the water out.Posted 4 months agosnapsMember
Keep an eye out for Scarpa rangers, they come in the sales for well under £80 often.
I’m using a pair & some Zamberlans that cost double the Scarpa’s but they are both very good.
Brashers were comfy, but the tread didn’t last long.
Brasher used to do a resole service for their boots.Posted 4 months agokm79Member
I’ve never had a fabric type boot that remained waterproof for any length of time. Compared to a well made leather boot (ie one piece) they just can’t compete in my opinion. Saying that for anything other than walking in full on winter conditions I’d take the comfort of a lightwieght fabric boot or shoe and make do with warm ‘waterproof’ socks over a pair of heavy leather boots. A lot of leather boots these days come with goretex lining the same as the fabric boots. These are the worse type of boots for me. They are not as well made as the one piece type leather boots therefore rely on the lining, these are about as waterproof as the fabric ones yet nearly as heavy as the good non-lined leather ones.Posted 4 months agoSuggseySubscriber
Another fan of the Meindal Bhutan boot, supremely comfortable for everyday where/dog walking in the countryside duties and have a pair of Altbergs for rockier mountain walks as they’re a bit stiffer and thicker in the sole unit. Think the Bhutan’s on really rocky trails aren’t stiff enough/thick enough sole unit.Posted 4 months agowilburtMember
I’ve been trundling around in some Brasher Hillmasters for 7 or 8 years and really like them. They are pre Berghaus Portugese made and fit like slippers.
Only downside is they are heavy compared to the modern stuff. In a size 10 they’re almost 2kg whilst some Mammut (Raichle) approach shoes I have are under 700g.
Buying now I would get some fabric or leather mid weight mid stiffness boots, whatever feels best in the shop.Posted 4 months agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
You want traditional, fully-stiffened, one-piece leather, full depth, walking boots with a full steel shank. I bought mine back in the 1980s and they’re still going strong. Once they’d broken my feet in, which only too four or five years, they became almost bearable to wear. You also need Norwegian rag wool socks and a pair of liner socks. Sure they’re heavier than more modern, lightweight boots, but how many of those will still be going strong in two decades time? My nan was buried in hers. HTH.Posted 4 months ago
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