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Walking footwear perfect for local strolls

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 22/01/2021 13:56:02

Walking footwear perfect for local wild strolls

See our hand picked selection of superb walking shoes and boots to help you discover the wonderful spaces close to home.

It’s been a funny start to the year, with January almost over it still seems like we may be staying local for still some time. We’re not the kind to let the lockdown keep us from heading outdoors and although it is incredibly important to comply with government rulings, stay local, and safely social distance from others, it is amazing what local spaces can go undiscovered close by. The UK has an estimated 140,000 miles of public rights of way, mainly made up of footpaths but also bridleways and other types of byway.
We think it’s very important to use that daily exercise allowed to us to get out and take in the fresh air, discover new places close by, take in the beautiful scenery and really refresh the mind in stressful times. It’s amazing what difference it can make getting outdoors.
A big obstacle at this time of year is typical. It is cold, often wet, slippery, likely a little muddy and the ground is particularly uneven. The proper walking shoes or boots can make a world of difference to your daily walks offering rough terrain specialised support, keeping your feet dry with waterproof linings, being easy to care for, and remaining tough enough to take on some serious daily use along tricky, tough ground.
This week we’ll be offering you some of our handpicked footwear options perfect for taking on your daily stroll the right way, offering instant comfort, reliability, and top performance.


The On Cloud Rock Waterproof Hiking Boot

We’re starting things off with a lightweight, swiss waling boot from innovative brand ON.

Recently winning first place in the best shoe category at the UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2020, the Cloudrock Waterproof is a Swiss-engineered speed hiking boot. It combines the protection and support of a traditional hiking boot with the speed and lightness of a running shoe. Terrain proof. Element proof. Excuse proof. The first On speed-hiking boot is built for traction, pace and protection in all conditions. And it's up to 35% lighter than competitors. Born in the Swiss Alps, it's engineered for performance stride after mountain-top stride.The durable membrane is wind- and waterproof. Two types of mesh in the mid- and forefoot enhance stability and breathability. The high collar is made for movement and, like the tongue, is reinforced with padding. The rubberized mudguard is tough but light and flexible - the ideal blend of speed and shield.Missiongrip rubber adds traction while lugs bite into soft trails. The Swiss-engineered FlexLock system means laces can be tied traditionally or with a single pull and gives you the option to tighten the lower and upper section of the shoe individually. A 360° mudguard protects and the Speedboard provides propulsion, stability and a very smooth rolling transition which you will fell the benefit more when talking downhill. Tongue straps secure laces and Zero-Gravity CloudTec ensures cushioned landings.

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The Scarpa Cyrus GTX

The Cyrus GTX is a classic leather walking shoe perfect for summer trails and travel abroad.

The Cyrus is built to be a more relaxed, comfortable shape, perfect to wear for walks in the country side and urban trips. The use of direct injection construction means the shoe has a consistent, progressive flex, and the durable PU layer gives long term cushioning and support. The outsole is designed by SCARPA and perfect for use on prepared trails and paths.

The soft, supple nubuck leather upper is designed to be comfortable straight away while having a timeless aesthetic. The leather is backed up with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to keep your feet dry and comfortable all year round.

Also available in a mid version for extra ankle support HERE.

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The Meindl Ontario GTX

The Meindl Ontario GTX is a versatile walking shoe that performs equally well on off-road hikes as it does in the city.
Made from suede and mesh, the upper is breathable, yet resistant and is paired with a GORE-TEX lining for waterproof protection. The accompanying Air-Active footbed ensures the foot is kept dry and the shoe is well ventilated at all times and a Meindl Magic Active sole gives the perfect amount of traction for easy to moderate terrain.
The Variofix lacing system aids support by pulling the heel to the back of the shoe, giving an excellent fit and a secure hold around the ankle. When lacing, the free running wire – a ‘speed wire’ – is pulled in closely and evenly around the heel. This provides improved stability and support.

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The Altberg Dalesway Vegan Walking Boot

The Dalesway Vegan boot gives the same performance and support as the rest of the Altberg 2-3 Season range of boots - however - the materials and components used are non-animal, and nothing used in the boots (including adhesives) is animal derived.

The Dalesway uses Lorica, and an alternative to Leather and Nubuk, lorica is a man made microporous material, which is completely free of animal products. Backed up by a Sympatex waterproof lining, this boot is excellent for 2-3 season use. The Dalesway Vegan is, in fact, the lightest weight boot in the Altberg 2-3 season range.
The Vibram Sole offers good stiffness and support on rough terrain. Making these boots ideal for English hills, Dales and lower lever Lakeland walks and hikes.

Please note: Due to Vibram discontinuing the Werewolf sole, Altberg have replaced the sole with a Vibram Masai (picture two onwards). This sole is visually different and features a rand which does slightly change the appearance of the boot. Due to mixed stock, we are unfortunately unable to specify which sole you will receive. Please feel free to contact us for further information.

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The Scarpa Mistral GTX Walking Boot

This popular 2-3 season waterproof walking boot has been updated without loosing it's best qualities. The upper still features the 1.8mm suede leather with Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining for waterproof and breathable protection and a new additional lace lock for precise fit adjustment.

Energy 2 Vibram platform has a increased rubber content for added durability and a new PU midsole with "structured ribs" provides a more supportive and progressive flex with less hinge than the original. Additional felt layer enhances the bond between the outsole and midsole whilst contributing to a more supportive and durable chassis. Revised last with increased volume in the t box equates to a more refined and comfortable fit. Perfect for occasional walkers or those buying their first pair of boots.

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The On Cloud Venture Waterproof Running Shoe

The Cloudventure is a lightweight trail running shoe, built to excel in demanding outdoor conditions. These waterproof trail shoes are perfect for runners who won’t let the elements set them back. The swiss-engineered Speedboard is a liquid-injected plate of thermoplastic polymer sitting between the CloudTec midsole and the upper. It reduces the kinetic energy lost in the transition between strides and efficiently converts energy into forward motion. Narrower at the midfoot for added torsion, it lets your foot flow over rocky terrain.

The Missiongrip outsole combines multiple grip patterns so you keep control on the trail in changeable conditions. The unrivalled cushioning of Zero Gravity Cloud elements consists of strategically placed heel clouds to absorb impact on inclines.

The advanced ON 100% waterproof membrane still lets your feet breathe for comfort. It is also high stretchable, so you can move freely and comfortable over uneven ground. Additional elastic loop on the tongue keeps your lace ends from trailing over wet ground or becoming a trip hazard.
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The KEEN Targhee III Mid Boot

These full-grain leather hiking boots delivers lightweight support and comfort. The Keen.Dry waterproof membrane and breathable mesh lining keep your feet dry and protected and Cleansport NXT provides natural odour control.

Dual density compression-moulded EVA midsole, removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed, ESS stability shank and TPU heel provide support and stabilisation for your feet and the rubber outsole with 4mm multi-directional lugs provide grip on all terrain.

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