Freedom Trail Derwent
If you’re looking for a basic boot and you don’t want to spend much, then you won’t find a more affordable walking boot than a Freedom Trail Derwent. Far better than a sodden pair of old trainers, these are completely waterproof while offering supportive in all the right places as well as plenty of cushioning underfoot. Classically styled with fairly good grips, there’s excellent value to be had here. Although if you’re taking your walking seriously, it’s well worth spending a little more for extra comfort.
For a few notes more, there’s the similarly styled Hi-Tec Scafell waterproof walking boot with a whole host of comfort and performance enhancing features. We’ve always recommended Hi-Tec for people on a budget, because while they tend to focus on just the basics, Hi-Tec has always done the basics ever so very well. These classically styled walking boots are completely waterproof, have a steel shank for a rigid hold and a cushioned EVA insert in the heel to take the impact out of long walks. But most importantly, they have Hi-Tec’s traditional chunky treads for impressive grip on all manner of surfaces. They’re currently in the GOoutdoors walking boots sale, so they’re a real bargain.
Brasher Hillwalker GTX
No top 5 walking boots could ever be complete without a pair of Brasher walking boots. But sadly the Brasher Hillmaster doesn’t make it into our top 5 this time. Instead the Brasher Hillwalker GTX waterproof walking boot takes its place as a far more versatile, lightweight and affordable alternative. Like the Hillmaster, they’re made from the finest full grain leather with the waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX membrane, but they’re incredibly light with a shock absorbing EVA midsole and plenty of padding and cushioning to keep your feet comfy on even the longest walks. The treads are excellent too.
Karrimor KSB Tour eVent II
Now we’re starting to get into the serious money with Karrimor’s KSB Tour eVent II waterproof walking boots. But if you’re going to be walking regularly in all kinds of weather conditions, then this is the kind of footwear to really enjoy your outdoors adventures. This is a completely waterproof and breathable walking boot uses the eVent membrane system to keep you comfortable while walking all day. Meanwhile the Vibram sole gives great response, stability and support, providing shock absorption and cushioning for comfier feet and better posture, while the grippy deep tread lets you cope with rougher terrain. Well worth the money.
Salomon Cosmic 4D GTX
Ever since Brian Blessed boomed about these boots on The Gadget Show they’ve held a place in our hearts. But made from ballistic nylon, they’re unbelievably tough, completely waterproof, extremely lightweight and very breathable. Best of all, they feel as comfortable as a pair of your favourite worn in trainers –even straight from the box. Plenty of cushioning underneath, fantastic ankle support without feeling restrictive and the treads offer terrific traction on all kinds of wet, muddy, dry or rocky terrain. Although we strongly recommend buying these in the black, as the red is a bit intense.