Asolo Imperial

These are a well-styled boot, perfect for walking in most terrain. The stiff sole unit and thick leather build give them great support and foot protection. The high ankle also helps with support on loose ground, while also providing just enough cushioning without becoming too bulky or warm. Comfort is also helped by laces which reach far down the boot, enabling you to get a good fit all over.
The fit is reasonably small, though, so they won’t suit those with wider feet. Although the sole is stiff and they take a bit of breaking in, they do have a great amount of rocker built into them that really helps you to roll your foot forward. The grip from the sole is pretty good too, with well-spaced lugs although not the deepest tread.

VITAL STATS

Sizes: 6-13½
Upper: 2.5-2.7mm water-resistant full-grain leather
Membrane: Gore-Tex
Sole: Asolo/Vibram Radiant
Weight: 1,632g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01539 740840; www.asolo.com
*Review from Country Walking magazine, October 2011