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OUR TOP 5 MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WALKING BOOTS AW16
The new season is here and so is our exciting new range of walking boots; fresher than a blast under a glacial waterfall, there’s something for everyone. Our footwear buyer Tim has chosen a selection of his best boots featuring new technologies, improved fits and trailblazing styles so you can explore in comfort wherever the trails take you.
Wherever your adventures take you, it is essential to get the best fitting and most suitable hiking boots for your purposes. Take a look at our boot fitting guide and stop by one of our stores for full boot fit with one of our experts. When was the last time you had your feet measured?
Our Top 5 Men's Walking Boots
Scarpa Delta Leather
This burly leather trekking boot from Scarpa is a great choice for anyone looking for a hardy yet breathable walking boot. Highly water-resistant, the Delta Leather is not Gore-Tex lined and so is a great choice for warmer weather, or for people who suffer from over-heating feet. Built with a relaxed comfort fit, the Delta has a calf leather lining and oozes quality and durability.
Perfect for: Trekking and backpacking in warmer climates
The Keen Feldberg boot is a natural all-rounder that can be worn all-day, everyday and offers comfort and performance. The Feldberg’s classic heritage styling belies the modern levels of comfort that have built Keen’s reputation and the boot can be customised with red or black laces. It’s not all about looks though, the Feldberg is waterproof and fully breathable and offers superb grip out on the trail.
Perfect for: Everyday use, from the streets to the trails.
Meindl Lavis GTX
Replacing the best selling Meindl Softline Light, the Meindl Lavis now offers a much improved outsole with a more comfortable fitting tongue and greater heel security. The Lavis feels light and agile yet has the protection, structure and support needed for longer days on the hill. Complete with a Gore-Tex lining, the Lavis is a waterproof and versatile lightweight boot.
Perfect for: Light hiking and hill walking.
Hi-Tec Altitude Ox
Not your average looking walking boot; Hi-Tec have struck out with a visually striking shoe with technology to back it up. The Altitude Ox uses a Hi-Tec Dri-Tec membrane to keep your feet dry and they’ve teamed up with tyre experts Michelin to make a sole that grips effectively, even in wet conditions. This is an eye-catching boot that can be used for crossover activities and offers out of the box comfort.
Perfect For: Hill walking in wet conditions
Coming soon to Cotswold Outdoor…
Scarpa Bora GTX
The Scarpa Bora GTX offers excellent value for money without scrimping on the important requirements of fit and comfort. The boot uses Scarpa’s wealth of experience and knowledge and is built on the DNA of better known high performance boots but at a very approachable price. Scarpa have produced a lighter, softer boot with a superb fit that has mass appeal.
Perfect For: Getting into walking and DOFE adventures
Our Top 5 Women's Walking Boots
Scarpa Trek GTX
We’ve worked in partnership with Scarpa to design the Women’s Trek GTX, a boot built from scratch, specifically to meet the requirements of women’s feet. Constructed on a brand new last, the Women’s Trek is close fitting with a snug heel fit to ensure minimal foot movement within the boot. Every detail has been considered to provide maximum comfort for women, from the position of the stitching, to the ergonomic ankle cuff. We’re really proud of the Scarpa Trek GTX, it’s a durable, waterproof trekking boot built to last.
Perfect for: Trekking
Salomon Women's X Ultra Trek GTX
The successor to the top selling Salomon Comet boot in our range, the X Ultra Trek GTX is a lightweight walking boot that is soft, flexible and instantly comfortable. Fully waterproof and breathable with a Gore-Tex lining, it is quick to pull on and lace up so whether you’re taking the dog out for 20 minutes, or bagging a peak in the Beacons, it’s perfect for short adventures.
Perfect for: Short adventures, rambles and dog walks
Hanwag Tatra GTX
Hanwag are famed for making high quality, durable boots and the Tatra GTX continues in that light with a versatile boot in an appealing colourway. Suitable for a broad range of walking including challenging hikes, load bearing trips and trekking, the Tatra has a great structure whilst remaining lightweight. The ball bearing lacing system makes them quick and easy to get a precise fit and the soft padded cuff keeps the ankle comfortable and secure.
Perfect for: Hill walking and trekking
Scarpa Peak GTX
Building on the success of the Scarpa Nangpa-La, the Peak has a new revised fit making it more accommodating for slimmer feet and a lacing system that complements this, allowing the wearer to get a close fit. The Peak also benefits from an excellent sole unit which gives great protection on rough ground, as well as fantastic cushioning for those longer days on the hill.
Perfect for: UK walking and backpacking or world travel
Hanwag Alta Bunion GTX
Hanwag expertly craft lasts to suit a variety of feet and these boots designed to offer extra comfort if you suffer from bunions or other forefoot joint pressure issues. This new Gore-Tex version is now fully waterproof and breathable to keep your feet dry and comfortable. They’re made from a beautifully soft waxed nubuck upper, and constructed without seams in the joint area with stretch panels to offer a softer forefoot feel.
Perfect for: Country walks and rambling
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.