- Walking Boots
Look at military issue boots.
I have Haix British military issue boots, in both the Goretex combat high liability and the nubuck desert combat boots.
By far and away the best boots I’ve ever owned – super high quality, don’t rub, clever lace lock system, mega comfy shock absorber soles, grippy.
Better than my Altberg, original Brasher supalites and Meindl’s.
The best bit is the price – paid £32 for each pair brand new in the box with spare laces. RRP is £155Posted 3 months ago
Sorry – just had a look on ebay at the seller I got mine from – they had a sale on that has finished so they’ve gone back upto £40. Still an absolute bargain for that price though.Posted 3 months agoMarin No 8Subscriber
I’ve always been a Scarpa fan. My current pair of Mantra pros are almost 19 years old. I have bought other Scarpas since as I get on so well with them. But recently I picked up a pair of Karrimor SF boots for work and I’ve found them to be very good so far. For the record I’m in boots pretty much all day. I an tempted to try the Haix at some point.Posted 3 months agojonbaMember
I’ve got a pair of these
They won’t last you 20 years. But mine have been good for a few years walking each weekend and holidays (Peru, India, Poland, Lakes etc)Posted 3 months agoNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
Same as i buy my running shoes – online. This is frowned upon by many, but it works for me, I stick with Asics for running and Scarpa for hiking, know my size – worst case scenario I need to pay return postage if they’re tight.
Current scarpa boots were a psa on here over 5 years ago, best boots I’ve had. Mibbe even best footwear full stop!. Cost me 55 quid.Posted 3 months agofinephillyMember
Got some haix army boots. can’t be beaten for durability and price. Quite heavy and clumsy though. Salomon are good, nice and light not so durable but pricey as are north face. Scarpa and asolo are excellent esp for really mountainous stuff. I don’t buy leather boots anymore as they need a lot of care but will last longer. Theres a lot if good condition s-h stuff on eBay eg a pair of timberlands for £40.Posted 3 months agosepulturaMember
Budget of £50-100 will put you firmly in karrimor crapness territory. Look for a good brand discounted. Salomon is a good shout, but you’d be lucky to get 2 years out of them (if you actually use them), rather than 20. For longevity, My preference these days is to go for a full grain leather boot, and make a bit of effort to look after them (but I’ve had the most expensive brand boots, looked after as well as possible, fail within a year several times. If any fabric boot lasts 2 years, that is good going.
How many times were your boots re soled in 20 years?Posted 3 months agoampthillSubscriber
My wife who walks dogs for a living would say go to Decathlon
Her sub £30 Decathlon boots stay water proof about 4 times longer than Karrimor at the sme price
Me I’d spend more as changing boots is sucj a PITA. I’d go to a proper shop and spend £150-£200
£10 a year 20p a weekPosted 3 months agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
Waking boots you *have* to try on, with your walking socks on, and for a few more mins than normal for shoes.
What foot shape are you? Suggest brands you find comfy.
What distance walking do you do and on what terrain?
I’m a slightly narrow fit, so get on well with Adidas and Salomon.
Latest Salomon’s Alp-X mid were box open, so £90 on a £160 pair of boots. I do look like the Honey Monster in then though.
Posted 3 months agowobbliscottMember
I got a pair of boots from go outdoors, their own brand I think. Had them for 5 years or so now, been all over the Lakes in them and other places. Been fine for all but the nastiest boggiest conditions which would challenge any boot. Not really looked after them as such, a bit of a brush to get dried mud off but that’s it. Could probably do with a squirt or two of waterproofing spray. But for the price they been great. We’re not particularly comfy initially but i’ve Got freakily shaped feet and usually struggle with any Footware, nothing a good shaped insole doesn’t sort out.Posted 3 months agoz1ppyMember
There were a load of discounted Berghaus on Amazon a while back, I think they are Brasher boots rebranded after a buy out.
Yep my PSA, annoying I’ve discovered earlier today, the sole on one is trying to escape, really poor considering they’re my 2nd pair of (lighter) walking boots & really not seen a huge amount of use. Maybe I got a bad set?
So I’m thinking about a refund & new boots… I would agree about the salomons, had a pair that I loved but the material just fell to pieces after 2 years. I like the idea of the haix & their ilk but really need such a sturdy boot (or so high ankle support)Posted 3 months agommannerrSubscriber
^^ Salomon has couple of different fits, the yellow Alp-X boots above are “slim fit” in their terms. Just bought new boots, this time I took my time in fitting and choice was really different from initial expectations. I really wanted to get something else than Salomons but most traditional high-end boots just didn’t fit.
Salomon also has ‘military’ versions of some of their boots, biggest difference seems to be duller colours, closed lacing loops and different tread pattern.Posted 3 months agoNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
I spend a lot of time in the fella and virtually never wear boots, except in winter icy stuff.
I’d prefer to wear trail running shoes as much as I can, and if walking the more popular better made paths, that’s fine. On unknown or less popular hills, it’s the boots, as there’s always bogs, and my Scarpa are like big wellies.
Galloway hills are perma-bog, so never wear the trail shoes there!.
Edit – also started using sticks this year too, should’ve used them years ago! So many positives, weight off the joints when descending/checking snow/puddle depths/walloping uncontrolled dugs. Win win.Posted 3 months agounovoloMember
For VFM I don’t think the Haix can be beaten, I too have a pair of the High Liability boots and found them comfy from the off.
They do have quite thick soles and are a bit chunky so aren’t for everyone but are ten times better than some Hi Tec ones I had previously that were supposed to be leather but always seemed very plasticky(coated perhaps) and split right across the toes and mid sole.Posted 3 months agobenp1Subscriber
I quite like the look of the altberg defenders. Don’t seem much more than the haix boots
I have a pair of scarpa sl for proper mountain days, particularly if I think I’ll need crampons
I have. Pair of merrell evernew boots for day to day outdoorsy stuff, have used them quite a bit on the bike too. Did the Welsh 3k in them when they were still pretty new. Have been impressed so farPosted 3 months ago
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