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  • #16
    Re: Walking boots

    Hi Walti

    I don't know if you have decided yet, but I agree that getting a well fitted pair from someone who knows is better than any brand nomination

    I'm currently a fan of Keen boots because they do wider fittings (which I need), but any of the decent makes should last quite some time. My wife is currently using Meindel boots and loves those

    I know you said one pair, but I use 3 now heavy, mid, light and pick the right boot for the day out - a bigger investment, but cheaper in the long term IMO because I wear the lightweight pair most and those are the cheapest to replace

    re shops - sports direct (own the Karomoor name) and Mountain Warehouse are pushing cheap rubbish IMO and I would not go there - GO ourdoors have a decent range, but I would definitely try a few on in a specialist shop as well to be sure

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    • #17
      Re: Walking boots

      I went through the new boots process at the start of the year, and as someone who has suffered from plantar fasciitis on and off in the past, wanted to get it right.

      I'd say fit and comfort are of paramount importance, but brand doesn't really matter as long it's something good quality.
      Make sure you try as many pairs on as possible wearing the same thickness socks as you will be wearing when hiking. Definately don't just try them on a flat surface either, you need to be trying them on a slope/ramp (all the decent shops have them). Try both ascending and descending. For downhill, walk down quite stompy and bounce up and down, you need to make sure your toes don't bash against the front. Uphill you want no rubbing of the heel.

      There's also an argument over waterproof or not. Some folk say non waterproof are better for multi day hikes and camping as when they get wet they dry quickly overnight, but a wet waterproof boot is hard to dry out in the field..... I went for waterproof though!

      Do you want high, mid, low? full leather traditional, or modern breathable materials with gortex???

      I went expecting to buy Brasher or Berghaus. I didn't like the Berghaus at all, and the Brasher felt just ok. I tried on at least a dozen pairs (understanding shop assistant) before settling on North Face hedgehog gtx mid. 8 months and many miles later, they are the comfiest boosts I've ever had, totally happy. But they may feel horrible to you....
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      • #18
        Re: Walking boots

        I am an experienced bushwalker, my Italian made Scarpa leather boots are totally waterproof.
        The tongue is part of the boot (not sewn in). For many years I trekked over Tasmania's rugged terrain.
        For serious mountain or bushwalking boots, you need look no further. They'll last you a lifetime!

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        • #19
          Re: Walking boots

          Originally posted by chris View Post
          There's also an argument over waterproof or not. Some folk say non waterproof are better for multi day hikes and camping as when they get wet they dry quickly overnight, but a wet waterproof boot is hard to dry out in the field
          My feelings exactly. As I mentioned earlier, I've often walked non waterproofed boots dry. Once water goes over the top of waterproof boots they're a devil to dry out.

          Jim

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          • #20
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            Originally posted by Tram View Post
            I buy my boots from Open Air in Cambridge, knowledgeable staff and ramp to walk up and down.
            My brand of choice is Meindl, they have the largest toe box which I need because of some frostbite damaged toes.
            Saying that its pointless advising anyone what boots to buy, need to get what suits your foot.
            Go in, have your feet measured then try different makes on to see what feels comfortable.
            Another plug for Open Air from me.

            These days I have a pair of light weight, mesh-ventilated glorified trainers for dry, hot climates, and the Meindl version is perfect.

            However the last pairs of full, waterproof hiking boots I tried from Meindl were all too tight in the toebox, so I ended up with a pair of Keens (like Andy above) from Cotswold (in Sidney St, round the corner from Open Air). They give a 10% discount for NT membership, BTW.
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            • #21
              Re: Walking boots

              Originally posted by drmarkf View Post
              Another plug for Open Air from me.

              These days I have a pair of light weight, mesh-ventilated glorified trainers for dry, hot climates, and the Meindl version is perfect.

              However the last pairs of full, waterproof hiking boots I tried from Meindl were all too tight in the toebox, so I ended up with a pair of Keens (like Andy above) from Cotswold (in Sidney St, round the corner from Open Air). They give a 10% discount for NT membership, BTW.
              Surprised about the Meindl's, I am using their Vitalis mid boot and it has loads of room for my messed up toes.
              I did go in that branch of Cotswolds once, very unhelpful or should I say no help. Just told to pick one and they would go get it or look to see if there were any under the display.
              If you should go there Camping and Caravanning Club members get 15% discount
              Do not discount good old Mountain Warehouse, I got a pair of boots there that were very good. Had a pair of boots that became non waterproof and wanted some cheap ones whilst the warranty claim was being dealt with.
              Ended up with these https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mountain-Wa.../dp/B01BU2I9XQ
              Paid about 55 quid for them with all the various discounts (C&CC again get 15%) Comfortable, waterproof and wore them for two years, still got them for popping about in.
              Got my my money back for the faulty boots, but didn't spend it until the "short term" replacements became a bit porous.

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              • #22
                Re: Walking boots

                I wouldn't go near Karrimor any more. I bought a pair of their walking shoes from my local outdoor store thinking they were decent value from a decent brand (not knowing Mr Ashley had bought the brand) and they didn't last five minutes. I've got some Berghaus ones now which seem to be indestructable. Buy cheap, pay twice! I've also just got some Columbia CanyonPoint waterproof boots which so far seem comfortable and well made. I can't comment on the wearing qualities yet though.
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                • #23
                  Re: Walking boots

                  Originally posted by Gwyver View Post
                  Have a look at Altberg boots.
                  See: https://www.altberg.co.uk/stockist-boots/

                  Not cheap but worthwhile if you do a lot of walking. Their Tethera boots are available in 5 widths.
                  I walk ~ 1000miles/year and most of my previous boots (Meindl & other continental makes) seldom lasted for more than 18months. My Altberg boots are now 3 years old and have just gone back to the factory for resoling - so the lifetime costs are lower.
                  There is a stockist near you - Open Air in Cambridge.
                  Another vote for Altburg. Having such a wide choice of sizes meant that I could find a pair that were ideal for my feet. I bought mine a few years ago now and they've lasted very well and still keep my feet dry!

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                  • #24
                    Re: Walking boots

                    How curious - I've never heard of Altberg yet they're made just up the road!
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                    Richard

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                    • #25
                      Re: Walking boots

                      Thanks for the tips on Altberg and Meindl Vitalis - I’ve made a note and when the Keens give up the ghost I’ll give them a try.

                      I have several pairs of Keen hiking and water sports sandals, plus I’ve had various of their casual shoes for years, and they’re an excellent fit for me and have lasted very well. Their standard fit is narrow heel, high arch and wide forefoot, which suits me all round. I’ve got assorted old-git foot & Achilles problems, so many brands are hopeless for me.
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                      • #26
                        Re: Walking boots

                        Did the OP get any boots?

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                        • #27
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                          Originally posted by Tram View Post
                          Did the OP get any boots?
                          Not yet - heís been ill so hasnít been walking or shopping much! Better now and need new ones so will be getting out there soon!

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                          • #28
                            Re: Walking boots

                            Originally posted by Walti View Post
                            Not yet - heís been ill so hasnít been walking or shopping much! Better now and need new ones so will be getting out there soon!
                            Glad to here he's ok now, be good for walking if this fine weather continues

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                            • #29
                              Re: Walking boots

                              I wouldn't buy from any generalist footwear stockist. Try mountaineering gear specialists.

                              The mention of Italian boots reminds me of my mountaineering boots. They were the last of the wooden peg, rather than stitched, ones supplied by this (long gone) specialist.

                              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Lawrie

                              He had some huge, gruesome ball and socket tongs with which he would "soften" the cap of your new boots after you had purchased them. I understand that it brought tears to the eyes of many a customer.

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                              • #30
                                Re: Walking boots

                                Originally posted by Harold Gough View Post
                                ...He had some huge, gruesome ball and socket tongs with which he would "soften" the cap of your new boots after you had purchased them. I understand that it brought tears to the eyes of many a customer.
                                I used to have this done to my shoes. Same shop, same guy, same make of shoes. Twenty years of good service.
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