Comfortable out of the box and even better after a few miles, the Imperial is the kind of boot that inspires you to just keep on walking. It’s got a pretty tough full-grain leather upper and a reasonably stiff midsole, yet somehow remains quite light. The Vibram sole provided reliable traction on just about any surface, and the lacing is spot-on, with a well-placed locking eyelet and easy speed-lacing on the ankle cuff. The upper repels water superbly from new but will need some looking after as it has no rand. Size-wise, it seems a tiny bit wider and more spacious than average; but this was easily absorbed by the lacing. One of the dearer boots but definitely worth it.
Sizes: UK 6-13½
Upper: 2.5-2.7mm water-resistant full-grain leather
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Asolo/Vibram Radiant
Contact: www.asolo.com; 01539 740840