Mens walking boots are an essential investment for any hiker and can be worn year round to provide comfort and...
Mens walking boots are an essential investment for any hiker and can be worn year round to provide comfort and support to your feet. Walking boots, if fitted correctly, will support the ankle and arch of the foot to prevent injury and won't rub and cause blisters. We offer a huge range of mens boots designed for a wide range of uses from walking in the woods to tackling the Pennines. Our boot selection includes mid cut boots which offer some support around the ankle and are good for short multiday trips with a medium pack weight. Full height boots or high cut boots will enhance balance and offer ankle support which is required for irregular terrain. If you're carrying more than 40 pounds of weight in your pack then this style is a must.
What is the best walking boot? This really depends on where you want to walk in your boots, your foot shape and size and your budget. If you're looking for a boot to bag some munros then consider a full height, leather boot with a rigid sole for stability. If you're looking for a casual walking boot then check out our fabric and mesh boots with a flexible sole. As for fit as a general guide Meindl are slightly wider, Berghaus and Brasher are standard and Asolo and Salomon are on the narrower side. For an entry level and budget boot take a look at the Berghaus Explorer boots and for a higher end boot look out for Meindl and Asolo. All brands we offer are top quality brands despite the price and will last and last.
Do you need a lightweight boot? If you're planning to walk all day or all week then a lightweight boot is great for reducing fatigue on the hill. Fabric boots tend to be lighter than all leather boots as a general rule but if you need some guidance check out our footwear comparison chart to compare weights of the walking boots you like. We like to use the theory that for every pound on your foot will feel like an extra 5 pounds on your back so travelling light can be a big deal especially if you're carrying a pack.
Why choose a Gore-Tex boot? Gore-Tex is a waterproof membrane that is added as a liner inside a GTX boot and is waterproof and breathable. Basically, if you're walking in the rain, walking through wet grass or crossing a low level stream on your adventures then a Gore-Tex walking boot is essential. Goretex boots are ideal for year round use and means you won't need to buy another boot for the winter months. We find that gtx hiking boots can provide reduced breathability meaning your feet might get sticky on warm days or hotter parts of the world. By making sure the outer of the boot is clean the breathability will remain high, however, if you find gore tex boots uncomfortably hot think about a non GTX boot. Another alternative is to look at a fabric and Gore-Tex combination which is more breathable than a leather and goretex combo. Consider merino wool socks such as Smartwool which will manage moisture in your boot and prevent blisters.
What is a backpacking boot? A backpacking boot offers more support than a standard walking boot with a stiffer midsole as they are designed to be worn with a heavy backpack. Backpacking boots are ideal for multi day hikes where you'll be carrying a lightweight tent and stopping off on the hill before resuming your walk the next day. Backpacking boots are also great for Duke of Edinburgh use (or DofE) and gap year students that are backpacking across the world.
When shopping online for a boot we'd suggest considering brands you know have worked for you in the past. Try 3 pairs you like and send back what doesn't work. This gives you plenty of time to try on a variety of socks, change the lacing and walk around inside your home to see if you like the fit and feel of the boot. If you've worn them inside for an hour and they still feel uncomfortable just return then for a full refund.