The Sonoma were a little stiffer than anticipated when first on, with an oddly rigid tongue, but after a short distance they softened up. The front of the sole is particularly flexible, allowing a natural foot flex and a pleasant gait, and the midsole still provides enough support. Good levels of shock absorption do make a difference on road sections and hard paths and the padding around the ankle is good. The sole grip is decent too and they coped well on some decidedly sludgy hillside tracks, where although the tread lugs aren’t exactly cavernous, grip was happily not an issue. The bigger last means they are boots that will suit walkers with broader feet.
Sizes: 7-13 (inc ½ sizes)
Waterproof/breathable lining: Tec-proof
Women’s version: No
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