I imagine that an actual outlaw would have very practical needs when it comes to walking shoes. They’d want tough, light, waterproof, no-nonsense footwear that could take a battering. So would these shoes suit a Robin Hood or a Rob Roy? Yes indeed. To start with, they have a seriously robust sole, in the style of tyre tread: the lugs are deep, the rubber grippy and they shed detritus easily. There’s also a thick toe-rand for kicking through undergrowth. But they’re not just tough: the suede upper is supremely light and shapes quickly to your foot, aided by a lower last that cradles and supports the heel. With a little lace tweaking, even my narrow heels fit snugly. The suede itself is water-resistant and ingress is reduced yet further by a Gore-Tex lining. Honestly, if I were an outlaw, on the run through the edgelands of the countryside, I’d want these on my feet.
Sizes: 3.5-9.5 (including half sizes)
Outsole: Asolo/Vibram Natural Shape
Weight per pair: 788g
Men’s version: No
Contact: 01793 461650
Light but with tractor-like grip, these are intensely practical walking shoes.
Tested by Sarah Ryan
Country Walking June 2015