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OUR TOP 5 MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WALKING BOOTS AW 15/16
As we head in to the new autumn/winter season, we’ve asked footwear buyer Tim to share some of his highlights from our new boot range. Whether you’re leaf kicking in lowland forests, peak bagging in glorious National Parks or walking the dog in all weathers, there’s something new and exciting for you.
Whatever you’ve got planned, well-fitting footwear is essential for your health and enjoyment of the outdoors. To ensure you get the best fit and most suitable boot for your purposes stop by one of our stores and we’ll be happy to take you through the range on offer.
OUR TOP 5 MEN'S WALKING BOOTS
HANWAG TATRA GTX
If you’re looking for lightweight boots that are durable with a precise fit then the Tatra GTX are for you. Hanwag have been designing and making boots since 1921 and they continue to focus on quality and considered design. Complete with a Gore-Tex membrane to keep your feet dry and a Vibram sole to provide stability and grip, they are well suited for long days on the hill.
Perfect for: Longer backpacking trips or trekking abroad
SALOMON QUEST ORIGINS
Exclusive to Cotswold Outdoor in the UK, these boots are a celebration of the phenomenally successful Salomon Quest boot. They’ve taken all the best features of the Quest and added a full grain leather upper and premium cuff lining to create a hugely popular classic.
Perfect for: The 3 Peaks Challenge
LA SPORTIVA TRANGO TREK
The Men’s Trango Trek boot boasts fantastic out of the box comfort and yet is durable enough for longer treks. Some extra stiffness in the sole helps for load bearing trekking and the Impact Brake System sole unit gives excellent traction by ensuring as many lugs as possible are in contact with the ground.
Perfect for: Anyone stepping up to more technical trekking or via ferrata
Named after the high Himalayan pass, these light and soft boots have a beefy sole unit which copes well with uneven terrain. The upper is less insulated and has a highly breathable Gore Tex XCR membrane meaning they are great if you’re looking for a waterproof trekking boot that can cope with warmer conditions.
Perfect for: UK walking and backpacking or world travel
MEINDL TORONTO GTX
Made using top grade, highly supple leather in the upper, the Meindl Toronto looks classic but feels modern. Excellent cushioning in the sole unit combined with amazing supple white leather around the cuff make for a light, comfortable and springy feel.
Perfect for: Countryside rambling
OUR TOP 5 WOMEN'S WALKING BOOTS
SALOMON QUEST 4D 2 GTX
The latest incarnation of the ever developing Salomon Quest, the 4D GTX 2 has a new improved closer fit and uses the 4D chassis construction to give a fantastic feeling of stability and control over a variety of terrains. Slip a pair on and you’ll notice the difference immediately.
Perfect for: Fast and light backbacking
LOWA LADY LIGHT GTX
Lowa recognise that men’s and women’s feet can be very different and have created a bespoke female fitting trekking boot with a softer and lower ankle cuff. This is complemented by a narrow ankle cuff and reduced stiffness, all contributing to a hugely comfortable boot perfect for those longer trekking days.
Perfect for: Trekking
The Anatom Q2 is a women’s specific boot that offers comfort and cushioning in a lightweight boot that is ideal for those wanting a more supple and lighter feel than traditional boots.
Perfect for: Rambling in the countryside
SCARPA R-EVO GTX
Scarpa’s Sock Fit Technology does what it says on the tin with these comfortable boots. The tongue, flex-point and collar are made from a single piece of technical fabric which really hugs your foot and ensures a wrinkle free fit. Packed with new technologies these boots are ready for anything.
Perfect for: Long distance trekking
HANWAG ALTA BUNION
Hanwag have created some very clever lasts to suit a variety of feet and these boots are uniquely built to offer extra comfort if you suffer from bunions or other joint pressure. They’re constructed without seams in the joint area and have stretch panels to offer a softer forefoot feel.
Perfect for: Trekking & backpacking
Expertly picked by
Tim Kington, Footwear Buyer
Our footwear buyer Tim has worked for Cotswold Outdoor for 16 years and has a comprehensive knowledge of all things footwear and boot fitting. He enjoys climbing and backpacking in the UK and has ventured as far as Nepal, Sweden and the Canadian Arctic and led a team of Cotswold Outdoor staff to the summit of Mont Blanc.