Every year we put together reviews of the walking and hiking boots that have proven to be above the rest when it comes to the major factors like comfort, support, durability, grip, flexibility and protection plus style too to make things easier when you go to choose a pair for yourself whether you are new to being active in the outdoors or want premium quality for a replacement and this year it’s no different.
As certain models can remain untouched at the top while other favourites are impressively updated we try to look at as many walking boots as possible to ensure you have the a varied range of details on footwear for all types of outdoor activity and climate conditions to help find exactly what you need. In looking for these shoes we have looked at the essentials you need to know such as technical features, performance and price as well.
Merrell Moab Mid GTX Boots
This top selling footwear; the Merrell Moab Mid GTX Boots is ideal if you want a waterproof boot that is more functional in the summertime as they are very light, comfy and have the same level of support and protection as the full hiking boot version. It has some waterproof features such as a Dura leather upper and GORE-TEX liner which are offset by the breathable mesh features so you feet will stay dry if it’s warm or in light showers and wet ground and a bellows tongue to ensure debris stays on the outside. The midsole construction is packed with plenty of cushioning and support to not only give comfort that lasts on long walks but also protects against impacts and difficult terrain while the Moab’s Vibram multi-sport outsole provides a lot of grip and traction so you won’t lose your footing. These are also affordably priced as well.
For a very lightweight pair of boots if you’re planning on doing a lot of walking but only carrying minimalist gear then the Salomon Quest 4D Boots are more than suited to the task. Primarily designed as backpacking footwear these make use of Salomon’s trail running technologies like OrthoLite, protective rubber caps in key areas, moulded EVA and heel foam for enhanced comfort and support so no matter how hard the ground underfoot in the trails get you feel like you’ve only just slipped into them. Considering these are very light a number of protective technologies like GTX Performance Comfort and a combination of split-suede leather with textile provides decent waterproof protection when needed most.
The Brasher Hillmaster II GTX Boots have a decent history with outdoor enthusiasts particularly across Britain and while they have a much more classic leather design rather than the more modern technical look of most other hiking boots these are packed with every feature you could possibly want for a comfy and supportive trek. You can tell as soon as your feet go into a pair that every part of the foot has been looked at for where best to place support and protection for the best effect which works to giving the best feel on any type of terrain. Like most hiking and walking footwear these days this one has GORE-TEX performance fabric lining plus a full-grain leather upper so complete protection from wet weather and conditions is provided plus they are very durable yet remain surprisingly lightweight.
If you are familiar with the standard Columbia Bugaboot then like us you will know that they are one of the most substantial and resilient footwear models around, packed with features to ensure nothing from any trail will stop you. With these Columbia Bugaboot Original Omni Heat Boots you have all of the features you would expect from the original but also have Omni-Heat thermal reflective liner to keep the internal boot climate warm during treks in cold climates plus the high traction rubber ensures a tough grip on the ground whatever the weather with each step, plus they are normally the cheapest of these five so you get quite a lot for your money.
After reviewing these Top 5 Walking Boots for 2014 we hope it gives you a clearer idea of which pair will suit your needs better on your next hike or walk whether it’s a summer time trek through the woods or an Alpine trail in the coldest time of the year.