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Teko Light Hiking (2014)

£14.00

Teko Light Hiking socks have a seamless toe zone, a well-padded sole and a foot arch brace for increased comfort, plus (according to Teko) they resist odour for at least five days of rigorous exercise. They’re also made from environmentally sustainable materials, thus reducing your carbon footprint (pardon the pun).    www.tekosocks.com

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Lorpen Trekking & Expedition (2014)

£55.00

It’s not often you’d spend £55 on socks, but the price tag is fully justified here. You get two layers of Polartec Power Stretch fabric and a layer of PrimaLoft Footwear insulation, and the result is insane warmth. They’ve been tested above 8000m and stretch right up to your knees, so you’re getting a serious expedition sock. www.lorpen.co.uk

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Falke RU Stabilizing (2014)

£18.00

These technology-heavy socks are intentionally tight-fitting, with the resulting compression designed to increase ankle stability. They’re well-padded on the bottom and are specifically shaped for the left and the right foot, which provides extra comfort. Designed for runners, they’re equally effective for hillwalkers.   www.falke.com

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1000 Mile Ultra Performance (2014)

£9.50

Outrageously clever, 1000 Mile socks are laced with copper fibre technology, which is proven to combat bacteria and fungus, so they protect against odour and promote foot health. They feature Wool Ultra, which is warm, fast-drying and lightweight. They’re quite thin, but well-padded on the ankle and heel. www.1000mile.co.uk

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X-Socks Trekking Merino Light (2014)

£24.00

Insulation. Protection. Comfort. Ventilation. Moisture absorption. It’s all packed into these futuristic socks, designed for cooler temperatures. They’re not the thickest, but they feature toe protectors, ankle pads, stabilising rods, Achilles protectors, cooling channels and air-conditioning pads. www.x-socks.com

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Brasher Mountain Master (2014)

£30.00

Waterproof socks are still an acquired taste, but they’ve come a long way from the ‘bin bags on feet’ jobs of a few years ago. SealSkinz has an extensive range that now incorporates merino wool, as well as a breathable waterproof membrane. They still crunch a bit when you walk, but the important thing is they keep your feet dry! ...

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Wigwam Cypress (2014)

£13.00

Wigwam is an American company that specialises in socks for every kind of outdoor activity, in every colour you could dream of. The Cypress has a classic ‘ragg wool’ look and also features moisture control, odour management and blister-free technology. Thinner than most, but makes up for it in looks. www.wigwam.com

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Brasher Mountain Master (2014)

£17.00

Described by Brasher as being ‘perfect from the Himalayas to winter in the Lake District’, there’s very little to dislike about these Merino Wool Ultra socks. They’re warm, comfortable, do a great job of wicking moisture away from your feet and are extremely thick. Perfect for using on long, cold mountain days. www.brasher.co.uk

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Bridgedale MerinoFusion Trail (2014)

£15.00

Best suited for walking in warmer conditions, the classic Bridgedale Trail has a clever mixture of thick underfoot padding with thin mesh material above, which allows the top of your foot to breathe. They also come with a three-year guarantee, so you’ll get plenty of great mountain adventures out of them. www.bridgedale.com

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Smartwool Outdoor Light Micro (2014)

£15.00

These lightweight socks come to just above your ankle, making them perfect for a wide range of activities such as walking, running and mountain biking. The heel and toe both benefit from extra padding that offers excellent levels of comfort and protection, so if you can live with the low ankle design, you’ll love them.   www.smartwool.com

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Meindl Kansas Lady GTX

A great-looking boot made from tough, nubuck leather. The fit is really supportive – they’ve got a good women’s last that holds the foot in place and a high ankle cuff to protect from knocks and sprains. They’ve also got a great lacing system which uses a locking eyelet so you can get a comfortable fit right across your foot. ...

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Aku Camana NBK GTX

The Camana is a very supple nubuck boot that gives good comfort levels straight out of the box. The reduced thickness of leather does mean that they are better suited to lower level walking, as does the fairly flexible sole unit. They do sit quite low which, coupled with the flexing outsole, gives great feedback from the ground for reassuring ...

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Vasque Breeze GTX 2010

The Vasque Breeze GTX weighs 1100g (pair, size 11); Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining; open mesh upper panels for more breathability; very aggressive Vibram outsole lug pattern for mud; good sole stiffness for rocky ground. But upper is very soft and flexible, including toe box and heel cup; boots with less mesh and stitching will be more durable.

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AKU Spider Light GTX 2009

As the name suggests the 4-season AKU Spider Light GTX is a lightweight boot, yet there is also plenty of winter-orientated performance here too. The upper is made from synthetic Air8000, which is more breathable than some other synthetic materials, which means you should not get as sweaty in this as in other boots. There is a waterproof lining too, ...

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Scarpa Infinity

£120.00

A lightweight 3-season boot weighing 1584g (pair, size 11). Synthetic upper keeps price down. Gore-Tex waterproof lining and very supportive upper for rough ground; solid toe box and very stiff sole unit ideal for rocky ground; good lug pattern. However,  many boots at this price are leather offering greater durability; others are lighter; some boots have a more pronounced heel ...

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Vegetarian Shoes Veggie Trekker MK4

£115.00

A lightweight 3-season boot weighing 1740g (pair, size 11). Waterproof lining; 3mm synthetic upper; minimal stitching; high ankle cuff for good support; very stiff toe box ideal for rocky terrain; very aggressive Vibram sole; animal-friendly. However,  the sole unit is bendier that it looks; more stiffness in the sole would be helpful.

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Boreal Kira

£75.00

This lightweight multi-activity shoe from Boreal weighs 1088g (pair, size 11). It has a Dry-Line waterproof lining; suede leather panel-reinforced upper; good rubber bumper for durability; very supportive heel; lots of stiffness for rocky paths; Vibram sole unit with good cushioning. However,  the lugs are not ideal for mud; sole flex is a bit more natural in some shoes – ...

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GreenVee Dales Way

£125.00

The GreenVee Dales Way 3-season walking boot is one of the better examples of the new breed of ethical footwear. It’s made with Lorica, a synthetic material that looks and feels like leather. There’s minimal stitching on the upper too to improve durability and water resistance. Inside you get a waterproof breathable lining made from Sympatex. The upper is nice ...

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Salomon Alp 7 GTX

This 3-4 season boot is a great introduction to winter hill-walking as it offers all the main features a winter walker needs without a huge price tag. The upper is mostly made from leather with a dash of fabric at the tongue. Good stiffness at the toe and heel provide support and protection for the foot, while a deep rubber ...

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Campus Oregon

A 3-season boot that features stiff and durable nubuck leather upper; VaporTex waterproof lining; well-proven Vibram aggressive sole unit; reasonably stitch-free leather upper; leather-lined supportive ankle cuff. But not much cushioning; waterproof lining not as waterproof or as breathable as higher-priced alternatives.

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