Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Need some recommendations for places to buy walking boots online. Prepared to spend a fair whack of cash for ones that’ll last me years (alright, Sam Vimes).
A bit anxious about buying footwear online, I’m size eleven but I’ve got weird bone spurs so my feet are a weird shape. Would normally try on in person but that’s clearly not an option right now.
Remember reading something about walking boots needing to buy a size bigger than normal, is that true?
We’ve bought from here before. You can also order online from Go Outdoors (they price match I believe).
I think maybe ½ size bigger works for me.
I got some Berghaus Hillmaster II online a while back in size 11 and I’m very happy with them. Can’t remember where I got them from though. And I’m usually size 11.
Got my Brasher (RIP) Hillmasters off of a seller on ebay. Probably because the price was right. Couldn’t try them on before hand obvs, but read up a load beforehand. Think like @anon29812515 mine are an 11.5 and that’s my usual size. They’re good sized boots
Something I learnt the other day is that the soles are kindof molded and fused to the boot these days and have a kindof fixed shelf life before they start to perish and can’t really be fixed. So you could have your boots for 5 years and hardly use them but the soles might still be starting to go as the material breaks up. Do what you want with that info (heard it from a cobbler)
Can’t help you.
In summer 1993 I went on a Lake District walking holiday with my uncle and we hired me some classic leather walking boots from a place there.
At the end of the week they were a good fit so we took them up on the offer to buy them.
Still got them now. No idea how old they were when I rented them too. They certainly weren’t as new.
I got mine from Sports Direct and they do the job. I’m a size 6 and bought them in a 6 and they’re fine. I think I’d be reluctant to spend a lot of money on boots I couldn’t have properly fitted to my feet. Perhaps buy a cheapish pair for now and see how they go and then if you want/need a better pair when things are more normal go to a specialist shop and have them properly measured?
Makes for an interesting observation combined with @chris-budget above - guess they really don’t make em like they used to…
Where’s the excitement in that? Spunk a load of cash on something that might not be for for purpose. That’s living.
some berghaus ones (that the DoE scheme recommended… not that I was doing the DoE but it pitched them at the affordable/decent enough quality, but not full on wilderness explorer level)
Theyve lasted years, hiked peru, 3 peaks, yorkshire 3 peaks etc and still going strong. There was one walk where it rained so much they got soaked… but everythign was. my ‘waterproof’ backpack etc so I dont hold that against them.
have a think though. walking shoes/tech has come on light years. a decent pair of trail running shoes maybe just as good, much lighter, dry quicker, good grip etc. depends if you need ankle support.
I like the ankle support. Not sure if I actually need it as such but I wear boots for almost everything, even canvas boots in summer. I think I only own one pair of shoes and they’re just for weddings etc.
I think the upsizing would be to account for wearing chunky socks and maybe extra insoles. But boots do tend to be sized a bit generously anyway so it’s only really a consideration if you plan on adding extra padding.
If you identify a specific pair you like, it’s always worth checking ebay to see if someone’s flogging them cheap.
Ankle support is well important surely?
I’d go cheap and cheerful because good fit is really important, and you don’t want to spend £250 sight-unseen on something that doesn’t fit.
Once shops are open again, it’s worth splashing out. I am still using my Scarpa SLs that I bought in 1998 for the equivalent of £250 back then. They have done thousands of miles and are extremely comfortable and basically indestructible.
You need to upsize slightly as you feet expand during long walks - so would depend on how far you intend to walk. So if its a snug fit when you try it on it will probably be to tight for a longer walk. Most walking socks are fairly thin nowadays.
Some brands tend to be wider than others as well - not sure which without looking it up.
i wouldn’t go spending loads of money on boots you can’t try on. it’s not like someone can tell you ‘ooh brand x fit reallly well’… just depends on your feet isn’t it