A light and comfortable option with a low ankle cuff and plenty of padding. Quite wide across the middle of the foot yet rather narrow at the toe. The low-cut ankle and soft-ish midsole makes them feel more like trainers than boots, and the shallow tread pattern doesn’t really cope with mud or soft grass.
Sizes: 7-12 (UK), 41-47 (‘Euro)
Upper: Stain-resistant durable pigskin
Waterproof/breathable lining: eVENT
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0800 665410, www.blacks.co.uk
Verdict: A low-cut, reasonably lightweight boot that will work best on easy, low-level walks, especially dry or well surfaced paths. Waterproof and warm, though.
First published in Country Walking magazine, April 2008