The Lowa is a more rugged kind of boot than some of the multi-activity styles. It has a stiff sole unit that provides support on rougher terrain and a tough toe rand and heel counter to protect feet against wayward rocks and encounters with fence-posts. This stiffness is counteracted by the soft, mixed-material construction of the uppers, which makes the boot comfortable right out of the box and reduces breaking-in time. Inside, the fit will suit most average feet, with good amounts of space in the mid and forefoot. Heel fit isn’t bad either, delivering good support and padding around the ankle. Locking the heel in place is further aided by the X-Lacing system with tongue stud, which allows you to customise the fit across different sections of the boot. The stud doesn’t look like much at first, but when used correctly it’s useful for adjusting tensions and relieving pressure on tired feet.
Upper: Multi-piece 2mm suede and textile construction
Sole: Vibram® “Trailtec”
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01380 872950; www.lowa.co.uk
*Published in Country Walking magazine, April 2012