These boots were made for walking

These boots were made for walking
These boots were made for hillwalking

Every walker and hiker knows that no matter how physically fit they are, if the boot doesn’t fit they’ll end up with the discomfort of soggy socks, and the pain of squelchy blisters, sore toes and even an ankle strain.

Do I need a hiking boot for Mountain Activity Section walks?

Not necessarily and it depends on which walk you go on, its duration, its terrain, the weather, and your own quirky feet.

For some of our low-level walks in dry weather, a good waterproof trainer might be okay but a walking shoe would probably be better. If you want extra support, you might prefer a boot.

Because we’re in Britain, chances are you’ll come across mud (and maybe even wet, rainy condition!). Boots will be better if you’d like to stay mud and slip free. For our higher level walks, especially on the higher fells and mountains, a sturdier hiking boot might be safer and more comfortable.

Sometimes, a strong, leather hiking boot will be too heavy and warm for even a British summer like the one we’ve had in 2018. Unless we were walking up really high, some of us dumped the boots for trainers to get a light, cooler fit. And some of us got crippling blisters because of walking shoes that were a teeny bit too big!

How to choose the correct walking boot

Go Outdoors has a useful little video that explains the things you should look out for in a boot’s construction, and points out the difference between rambling (good for muddy and wet conditions) and hillwalking boots (great for the Lake District fells and higher, but not in snow).

Camping and Caravanning Club members get a discount at Go Outdoors and a variety of other outdoor retailers.