A lightweight boot with soft leather uppers that won’t hold your feet as securely as some, but worth a look if you’ve got wide feet. Some walkers will like the lower ankle cuff – the upside being your feet shouldn’t get too hot, the downside being it can let in water. The Sympatex lining will help keep your feet dry and they’ve got a decent Vibram sole which grips well on rock. Some will like the flexible midsole which is well-suited to easy walking, but less suitable for high-level terrain.
Sizes: UK 4-8
Upper: Full-grain leather
Waterproof/breathable lining: Sympatex
Weight per pair: 1,150g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 0800 056 0127; www.blacks.co.uk
First published in Country Walking, October 2009