Tried & Tested 2014 Footwear
Our intrepid staff have tried and tested a selection of the latest walking footwear and here's what they have to say about some of their favourites...
Teva Terra Fi Lite Sandals"Nothing suits a freshly pedicured foot more than the women's Terra Fi Lite. Its retro design with three adjustable straps means your tootsies are kept secure. Offering great comfort throughout those long summer days, whether you're in Shanghai or Skegness these sandals will accompany any attire."
Tried and tested by Emily Bushnell
Meindl Softline Top GTX Walking Boots
"Light, durable and extremely comfortable, these are a fantastic three-season boot designed for hill walking, backpacking and trekking. The Vibram rubber sole gives a nice grip over any terrain. And the carbon fibre technology gives the support you need. The nubuck leather combines with a wax finish to make it really comfortable and durable. These are one of the best pairs of walking boots Meindl ever conceived, they are excellent for anyone who is looking for comfortable leather boots."
Tried and tested by Raquel Jimenez - Kensington
The North Face Litewave GTX Walking Shoes
"One of the stand-out new footwear styles for Spring 2014 is the Lightwave GORE-TEX shoe by The North Face. It stands out for several reasons; its impressive versatility, making it ideal for use in many situations; it is lightweight but offers outstanding traction over different terrain and offers a GORE-TEX waterproof and breathable protection, and they are real value for money."
Tried and tested by Richard Shepherd - Footwear Buyer
Superfeet Insoles"With any footwear purchase it doesn't matter how much you spend or which brand you pick, what is important is the fit. Quite rightly, time should be spent working out which model is right for you before you buy, but one thing that's often missed is underfoot support – if the foundations aren't right then foot stability is never going to be perfect - this is where Superfeet insoles come in. Better than nearly every supplied footbed, there are several options are available - the most popular being the Green version."
Tried and Tested by Richard Shepherd - Footwear Buyer