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New boots for the new season. By Cotswold Outdoor
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Spring is on our doorstep and there’s some exciting new walking boots here to take to you away on adventures near and far. We asked our footwear buyer Tim to share his hot tips for the best walking boots in our range this spring and summer. He’s shared new technologies, exclusive lines and highlighted updated classics.

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 hiking boots for your purposes, take a look at our boot fitting guide and stop by one of our stores and we’ll be happy to take you through a full boot fit with one of our experts. When was the last time you had your feet measured?

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Our Top 5 Men's Walking Boots

Scarpa Trek GTX

Scarpa Trek GTX

Designed in collaboration with Scarpa and exclusive to Cotswold Outdoor, these leather walking boots are built on a new closer fitting last to meet the needs of our customers. Cushioned and precise, the Scarpa Trek GTX is the perfect boot for rugged British hill walking with a robust Vibram sole unit and a Gore-Tex liner to keep your feet comfortable on those longer walks.

Perfect for: Long walks and trekking

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Salomon Quest Prime

Salomon Quest Prime

The younger brother of the hugely popular Salomon Quest is more lightweight, softer and more agile. Whilst retaining the cushioning and protection of the Quest, the Quest Prime has a lower ankle cuff and more flexibility, yet still feels nimble, enabling you to move quickly in the hills.

Perfect for: Light hiking

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Hanwag Alverstone GTX

Hanwag Alverstone

A beautifully crafted boot, the Hanwag Alverstone offers luxurious support, premium quality and superb durability. The Alverstone has great protection and the supportive structure enables stability when carrying heavy packs on longer treks. Take a minute to examine these boots and you’ll note that they are built to last using top grade materials.

Perfect for: Load bearing backpacking trips in rugged terrain

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La Sportiva Trango TRK

La Sportiva Trango TRK

Conceived using the DNA of the lightest, technical mountaineering boots but much more immediately comfortable, lightweight and easier to fit, the La Sportiva Trango TRK is a very modern take on a walking boot. Bonded rather than stitched, with abrasion resistant polyester uppers, this Italian Alpine inspired boot is like no other and feels progressive, fast and tough.

Perfect for: Walkers who want to go fast and light in the latest technology

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Meindl X-SO 70 Mid GTX

Meindl X-SO 70 MID GTX

The Meindl X-SO 70 provides some of the best ventilation, comfort and breathability found in a waterproof mid hiking boot. They’re constructed using a Gore-Tex Surround membrane which keeps you cool using a well ventilated upper combined with a structured air cavity underneath the foot. This enables you to stay dry from the outside and comfortable on the inside.

Perfect for: Light hiking and travel

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Our Top 5 Women's Walking Boots

Salomon Quest Prime

Salomon Quest Prime W

Immediately comfortable and with a softer, lower, ankle cuff than the regular quest, the Women’s Quest Prime has fantastic heel security and cushioning akin to a mid boot, whilst still offering structure for rugged terrains. Classic Salomon styling and tried and tested technologies with out of the box comfort.

Perfect for: Light hiking

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Scarpa Cyrus Mid GTX

Scarpa Cyrus Mid

Constructed using a nubuck upper and a beautifully soft leather ankle cuff, the Scarpa Cyrus Mids are a geared towards lower level, everyday walks. Lace up these supportive mid boots and you’ll eat up the miles in comfort whether you’re out walking the dog or off for a countryside ramble via a pub.

Perfect for: Countryside rambling

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Lowa Taurus Mid

Lowa Tauras Mid

At £100 these German built, Gore-Tex Lined 2 season walking boots offer superb value for money. Quick to break in, and easy to get used to, they’re waterproof, breathable and great for DofE use, light walking and youth expeditions.

Perfect for: UK Hill Walking & DofE

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Hi-Tec V-Lite Helvellyn WP

Hi-Tec Hellvelyn

Supportive, comfortable and waterproof, the Helvellyn boots from Hi-Tec are great all rounders with a durable pittards leather upper, a shank insert for structure and a well cushioned Vibram unit gives these leather boots have a springy feel. Supported by the National Trust they’re a good fit for anyone wanting to take on some UK hillwalking.

Perfect for: Hill walking to multi day treks

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Hanwag Tudela Light

Hanwag Tudela Light

Perhaps more inspired by approach shoes than traditional walking boots, the Hanwag Tudela Light gives a more agile feel as a result of its athletically inspired sole unit. The upper is made from high quality leather and suede with a G1000 ankle cuff providing a really comfortable fit, whilst the straight last gives a more square toe box allowing wiggle room for the toes.

Perfect for: Trekking and backpacking

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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.