Arguably the most important piece of hiking gear you can buy; a good pair of walking boots are an absolute essential for most outdoor adventures.
Regular excursions into the hills are very demanding on both you and your hiking footwear. Your feet have to put up with serious punishment from all manner of obstacles on the trail; from rocks, ruts and roots, to muddy quagmires and river crossings, to extreme temperatures at both ends of the spectrum - all the time handling the impact of your bodyweight with every step.
Even the most basic walking boot must support your feet from ankle to toe, be sturdy enough to protect your feet from shifting rocks, and (at least for use in the UK) be fully waterproof.
Both leather and synthetic uppers have their own advantages, depending on their intended use. Fabric or synthetic uppers are great for easier walking. Very lightweight, breathable and instantly comfortable, they make ideal 2-3 season boots for use in milder conditions.
Boots with full leather uppers tend to offer more support, with a stiffer flex that gives an extra solid feel on rocky terrain. They are also more weather-resistant and durable, making them more suited for tough mountain walking. Leather walking boots do require a bit more looking after, with regular treatment to ensure their longevity. Cared for properly, they can serve for decades!
Almost all of our walking boots have a GORE-TEX® liner within their construction, providing an uncompromising balance of waterproofing and breathability to keep your feet dry no matter what conditions they face. Sole units are built to withstand the full force of gnarly off-road and mountain terrain while still offering cushioning for long days on the trail. Vibram® rubber outsoles are widely used as they provide excellent grip and durability, while some brands have their own tried-and-tested alternatives, such as Salomon’s stunningly lightweight Contagrip® technology.
All of our range of walking boots is selected from the world’s foremost hiking footwear manufacturers to ensure their quality, durability and performance. Industry-leading brands including Scarpa, Meindl, The North Face, Mammut and Salomon all offer the very best in walking boot technology.
For more information about our range of walking and trekking boots, please visit one of our Ellis Brigham stores or speak to one of our trekking experts.