This is my first blog review for any products I hope you find it informative please leave a comment if you like it or you have any questions I will do my best to answer.
So firstly, the right protection on your feet for hiking is really important here in the snowdonia mountains & surrounding areas.
First up you need to decide wether you want leather or fabric.
Leather boots are heavier than fabric, but will last for years if you care for them properly.
When they are new they can be very stiff and uncomfortable, like lots of shoes, when you first wear them.
But they will mold to your feet over time, try putting potatoes in your new boots! I have heard they can soften the leather quicker, dont quote me on this, I have never tried it my self let me know if it works for you.
Fabrics are easier and more comfy as they are softer and lighter, but not as robust obviously. They feel more like having trainers on, it is a matter of personal taste, but also what you plan on doing in them. Light or heavy walking or hiking.
If you plan on hiking all year round, high cut boots are the best option for you, they are better supported and warmer on your feet.
For summer lower cut hiking boots might be your best option. I have lower cut fabric walking shoes which are suitable for me as i don,t walk or hike that often.
These are also good for walking around towns, and cities As it rains quite a bit here in wales and keep your feet dry without being too heavy on your feet.
always try on any boots you are going to be walking in with hiking socks on if you order them online make sure you purchase some socks to go with your boots to try on you won,t be able to return the socks but you can return the boots if they dont fit or try them on in the shop then order them on line as it is usally cheaper to find them on line.
also check you can wiggle your toes with the boots on and that they feel comfortable
so I have written up a little review about a few differant brands of boots out there.
If there are any brands you would like me to investigate please let me know and I will do a review for them too.
It seems the brand buzz word to look for is VIBRAM which is a patented name they do soles which are tough and bouncy hard wearing & boots treated with CORTEX sometimes written GTX is another name to look out for when purchasing your boots it is a reliable water proofing agent. often companies use there own similar coatings make sure the pair you buy claim to be water proof not just water resistant. There is a big differance which you would find out if you went hiking in the rain for a while!
So here are just a few boots looked up for you so see if you like any of them and let me know how you get on.
lowa Renegade GTX mid boot cost approx £130
very smart looking boot with its seamless lining & soft cushioned insole comfortable mile after mile tough & light weight at the same time VIBRAM soles the higher cut protects your ankles and the GORTEX NUBRUK leather outer is good looking and water proof an outstanding all rounder boot.
Here are just a couple of reviews I found about these boots you can search yourself to find more reviews before you decide which brand you would like to buy
Chris from london- a solid comfortable walking boot 4stars
nigel from chichester- comfortable waterproof good grip 4 stars
ken- simply the best 5 stars,
rated on cotswold outdoor.
Next we have Jack Wolfskin womens Vojo hiking shoes cost £71.99 from amazon.
These waterproof hiking shoes are ideal for small tours with a rucksack will keep you light on your feet they are the lightest in the collection from cotswold outdoor. The light weight is due to a couple of things firstly the large airy polyester insets in the upper and lower soles, which even though light provide comfort and cushioning.
Here are just a couple of reviews i found go ahead and find some more information about these shoes.
elizabeth from Leeds said good brand sturdy & comfortable 8/10
sue from west sussex said these are comfortable & provide excellent support 9/10
louise from sheffield said sturdy well made shoes 7/10
So the next hiking boots I have found for you are
Mens Scarpa Kalish plus GTX boot.
it is a classic hiking boot. comfortable & reliable the NUBUCK upper wraps around your foot for excellent comfort & a rubber toe cap protects against scuffing & scrapes.
The GORTEX lining offers incredible weather protection breathable to help maintain a comfortable environment on the inside of the boot, while the VIBRUM outside offers durable and sturdy grip on a hugh range of terrains. Tough rock ready comfortable membrane no moisture no blisters keeps you moving to next destination.
Next is the Peter Storm mens snowdon walking boot around £80
I decided to choose these boots as they have snowdon in the name & we are based in the snowdonia national park!
So the mens snowdon walking boot is functional classic leather boot, built to take on the hills in style and
durable waterproof leather upper, with a waterproof membrain to ensure your feet stay dry and comfortable. With excellent wet weather protection very much needed here in wales.
Allowing you to explore in comfort the eva midsole absorbs shocks whilst offering foot cushioning & a thermoplastic box offers protection with VIBRUM patented rubber soles gives you incredible traction over tough terrian all in all a good all rounder boot.
So my last brand of choice for men & women alike is
Brasher british made walking boots. They also do socks as well.
The prices seem to range from £139 to £155 depending on which ones you choose.
Brasher have been making walking boots since the late 1970s.
Named after there founder Chris Brasher a 1956 gold medalist of the 3,000 meter steeple chase.
It was about twenty years later, while wrecking his feet in a pair of unforgiving outdoor shoes that he came up with the concept for Brasher boots
Inspired by his own experience of trekking in Wales. Chris asked why walking boots can,t be as comfortable as training shoes, and was motivated to create the best walking boot.
The Hill Master GTX in 1993. The Hill Master GTX defined a new generation of walking boots during an age when walkers wore heavy boots, with steel or wooden shanks. So back to the present after a liittle bit of history about Brasher boots.
So lets take a look at the-
Brasher AZUMA walking boot which has a modern twist to the typical brown boot that Brasher is renowned for.
The Brasher country master was a classically styled walking shoe.
Then theres the Classic walking boots with a comtempary twist.
The Brasher Mens Master boots have heritage inspired design. The smart moisture managing technology inspired design. Backed by E-VENT membrain system the breathable system for optimal cooling, the premium leather uppers are both durable and rugged, with a comfortable foot bed.
these are great traditional boots.
Brasher womens country walking boots seem to be priced between £99- £120
The Country Walker walking boots from Brasher are classic by design comfort & performance. Crafted using premium waterproof leather. The country walker boots shield from moisture and water whilst allowing for constant airflow, the comfortable pu foot cradles the foot cushioned for comfort. Ideal for long treks, they have a VIBRUM sole & EVA midsole all in all these are a British traditional boot for men & women a like.
Also I will be putting on some videos so look out for them .
View of the beautiful River Dovey & our garden.