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Just wondering what the best walking shoe / boot is as my better half is looking to replace her hedgehogs which she has found to be excellent & very comfortable.

I've had zamberland in the past which were excellent and currently have a pair if berghaus boots again excellent due to their light weight & fantastic water resistance.

Any recommendations?

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There are a lot of good ones out there. the best ones are the ones that fit your feet properly with decent walking socks on & are comfortable all day within your budget of course.

 

I would recomend going along to a reputable boot shop and trying several on and trying them on the ramps stoney ground which they should have available. Probably take about an hour.

Go for waterproof & breathable ones if posssible

I'm saying this from experience having once rushed into buying and found bllody uncomfortable after a while and suffered blisters

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hi there, ive had zamberlan, brasher, berghaus, etc, but the best imo is merrell, good strong light footware give them a look well worth it, and not over exspensive, but my best tip is, a good quality sock, i always use brasher 3 season socks, they make any boot comfortable. good luck and i hope this may help you a little, Stu

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Hi, Me and hubby wear Contour hydro ban leather boots, had them about 5 years now and with a bit of dubbin and polish they come up like new. We also like to wear bridgedale socks. Denise

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Just wondering what the best walking shoe / boot is as my better half is looking to replace her hedgehogs which she has found to be excellent & very comfortable.

I've had zamberland in the past which were excellent and currently have a pair if berghaus boots again excellent due to their light weight & fantastic water resistance.

Any recommendations?

 

I'm pretty sure that hedgehogs are still available. :)

 

John.

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I would like some new walking boots but am having difficulty finding a wider fitting. Any suggestions. Prefer to have fabric/Gortex type.

 

David

David - Milton Keynes

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been Hill walking all over the uk for many years, the Lakes are our second home. Walking boots need to be chosen for the type of terain they will be used for. I wear hedgehogs for general walking/dog walking, very well made, comfy and waterproof. I wear Scarpa 4 season boot for hill walking as they give complete protection against water, rocks, scree, mud, ice and snow. They are not the lightest of boot but the confidence they give the wearer is worth it. If I were to recommend one brand to anyone, I would say Brasher, they have a good range of shoes/boots which are well made, light weight and very good value, my wife has had had hers for many years and they just keep on pounding up and down the fells year in year out. When it comes to socks, just one word - Bridgedale

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Buy the best, Meindl, but check their web site for the full range don't just buy what is available in the UK chain shops

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I wear Brasher 4 season socks constantly, day in day out. I used to wear Bridgedale but I prefer the thickness of the Brasher 4 seasons.

mine are worn day in day out to, for me there a must

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How do you find the waterproof fabric boots last? My wife and I have had a couple of pairs each. We find that in around two years of the wear that we give them, the waterproof membrane fails. As they are fabric, there's no good way to proof them so they have been scrapped.

 

Dave

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I would avoid Gri Sport boots, v. comfortable but the sole on mine disintegrated after just 2 years, had Trazeka before that, lasted over 10 years!!

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I would like some new walking boots but am having difficulty finding a wider fitting. Any suggestions. Prefer to have fabric/Gortex type.

 

David

 

Have a weekend in the Lake District.

 

Spend a couple of hours in George Fishers, Keswick.

 

Not cheap but a very good selection. Take your own socks etc, take your time.

 

Consider insoles. Sorbethane (around £15) take a lot of the pounding off your knees.

 

If you have problems they'll take them back with a reduction for wear and tear. My wife had a pair a couple of years ago, gave her blisters. After a week took them back. Cost £140, got £120 back. Better than having bad boots.

 

Scales

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Have a weekend in the Lake District.

 

Spend a couple of hours in George Fishers, Keswick.

 

Not cheap but a very good selection. Take your own socks etc, take your time.

 

Consider insoles. Sorbethane (around £15) take a lot of the pounding off your knees.

 

If you have problems they'll take them back with a reduction for wear and tear. My wife had a pair a couple of years ago, gave her blisters. After a week took them back. Cost £140, got £120 back. Better than having bad boots.

 

Scales

 

We were in the Lakes earlier in the year but at Ambleside. I spent some time in Gaynor Sports trying on differnt well known makes but none of them were wide enough. I will try the Outdoor Shop here in MK and perhaps JL. Have a few problems with my feet at the moment so will have to wait until they are resolved before buying. Thanks for input.

 

David

David - Milton Keynes

Bailey Alliance 66-2 Motorhome for holidays and a Kia Venga for home.

 

Caravan Travels

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Best pair of boots I have had are British Army Pro Boots which I picked up at a factory shop in Brynmawr, sadly the boots are no longer and neither is the shop. They were really comfortable and I wore them day in day out for 4 1/2 years without a problem. I also have a pair of very comfortable Karrimore KSB's which are very comfortable, but the company has changed hands and I don't know about the quality of todays product.

 

Dave,

If you are looking for a wide fitting boot some of my friends are big fans of Lowa boots, they are a German company specialising in leisure and military boots, they do a standard and wide fitting. I have also heard good reviews about Alt Berg boots, they are a British company based in Yorkshire, apparently they do a made to measure service their boots come in 5 widths. I have no personal experience of either company and can only go on what i have heard. Maybe worth a look

 

M

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Dave,

If you are looking for a wide fitting boot some of my friends are big fans of Lowa boots, they are a German company specialising in leisure and military boots, they do a standard and wide fitting. I have also heard good reviews about Alt Berg boots, they are a British company based in Yorkshire, apparently they do a made to measure service their boots come in 5 widths. I have no personal experience of either company and can only go on what i have heard. Maybe worth a look

 

M

 

Thanks, I will investigate when I get home.

 

David, Bunree

David - Milton Keynes

Bailey Alliance 66-2 Motorhome for holidays and a Kia Venga for home.

 

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saw in our local TKMax they have ladies Karrimore walking shoes for £29 ( they may have gents too I just never looked at that section )

Thanks

I've got a pair of those, the problem is that they are not waterproof.

I use them as a general kick around and down the allotment but would nd use them for serious walking.

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Thanks

I've got a pair of those, the problem is that they are not waterproof.

I use them as a general kick around and down the allotment but would nd use them for serious walking.

I never had my specs on so couldn't read whether or not they were waterproof, thanks for letting me know as I was going to go back and get a pair lol

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David (klyne) If you ever get up to Leamington Spa take a look in lockwoods you get good advice there

 

I only like leather boots as fabric ones always leak as the membrane cracks where they bend

 

We use "Superfeet" insoles much better than soberthane

 

And another vote for brigdale socks

 

Found these David http://www. altberg. co. uk/Web/walking_s_Fremington. jsp

 

 

 

http://www. lockwoods. ..ar/cat_154. html

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