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Get Your Hiking Boots On!

I’ve noticed a trend over the last few years.  Where as before people donned their trainers and headed off to the gym to partake in various forms of high energy activities in sweaty smelly rooms eeeeeeeeuuuuuuuuuuuugggggggghhhhhhhh.  Recently there has been a shift towards getting outside in the fresh air swapping trainers for hiking boots and going on long scenic walks.

Although you can clock up steps / burn calories faster in a gym it can be far more pleasurable to go outside and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and fresh air.  In order to do this though you need the right footwear.  Going to the gym can be costly unless you join one with basic facilities but going out hiking can cost far less although you need to consider the weather.  Whichever you choose to do you still need to wear the right footwear so essentially going hiking can be far more cost effective and can ultimately save you money.

Choosing the right hiking boots is simple when you look at a good, well established company say for instance Hi-Tec.  They have a varied range of products offering the support needed to prevent injury.  I’ve searched through their site to show you my favourite 4 hiking boots.  Wanting to be fair to both sexes I have chosen 2 pairs for each.

For the gents:

The Ottawa II Waterproof men’s boot is a durable, leather, light hiking boot.  It has a Dri-Tec waterproof and breathable membrane keeping feet dry.  It has a reinforced toe cap and heel counter providing support and protection, and rustproof metal hardware.  The lacing allows for a secure fit and extra support.

The Multi-Directional Traction rubber outsole provides durability and improves grip on varied terrain.  This is a great men’s hiking boot no matter what the weather and trail are like.


I also love the Storm Waterproof Men’s Light Hiking Boot.  This is great for hiking novices again featuring a Dri-Tec waterproof and breathable membrane and a suede and mesh upper.  The removable moulded insole keeps water away and provides cushioning and shock absorption to make the boot very comfortable to wear.  Again there is a multi-directional traction rubber outsole for durability and grip.


There is a women’s version of both hiking boots shown above.

For the ladies:

The Altitude Ultra I Waterproof women’s hiking boots are lightweight.  They also have the Dri-Tec waterproof and breathable membrane and in addition i-shield water and dirt repellent technology.  This hiking boot offers the wearer great support and comfort and a secure fit making it a great ladies hiking boot.  The sole has a great grip and as with the men’s boots provide great grip whatever the weather.


The Altitude V i is a great lightweight, waterproof, durable hiking boot.  Not only do they look great but they also offer great support and has i-shield water and dirt repellent technology.  The insole provides superior cushioning and the multi-directional traction rubber outsole will keep you grounded on varied terrains.


There are far more hiking boots available than those shown here as well as a large variety of walking shoes.

I hope you like my choices.

Have you ever been hiking before?

This Post Has 50 Comments

  1. I love your choices and I especially like The Altitude Ultra I Waterproof women’s hiking boots , thanks for the review .x

    1. Glad you liked them, these were my favourites from the site.

  2. Yes, I love a good hike. The good thing about decent hiking boots is that they last forever. Mine are still going strong after 10+ years.

    1. That’s great, they should last a while if you get good ones.

  3. Hiking boots are also an investment as they’re often quite expensive so any advice the better. Trainers just don’t cut it in the real outdoors.

    1. That’s true, if you’re going to get some you should get the right ones from the outset to avoid injury.

  4. I love hiking! Its so important to have the right foot warefoot ware, I’ve hiked up snowdonia in Wales and it definitely beats the gymgym.

    1. Wow you did well hiking there. Bet you had some great boots!

  5. I have never owned a pair of hiking boots but these all look just so comfy x

    1. They are great looking boots!

  6. I love hiking – i need to get some new hiking boots and these look great

    1. Glad you liked my choices Kara.

  7. I have a pair of hiking shoes rather than full on boots now. They are enough for dealing with a little mud, and snow in the city. I need the grips and waterproofing rather than ankle support. If I was going hiking up mountains then absolutely I need ankle support.

    1. It does depend on what you are up to what you will need 😉

  8. They really are very Hi tech – I used to to have these heavy old leather things , and they didn’t keep out the water.

    1. These not only look great but offer a good support and protection.

  9. Always great picks, I love your posts on items like this x 🙂

    1. Aahhh thank Jennifer, we must have similar taste 😉

  10. ooooh the Hi-Tech ones are gorgeous. I threw my hiking boots away after we had our son as I was (and still am) too tired to go on long walks. However!… I have been looking at walking sandals, not as safe I know but so much better in the summer than trainers & I cant get on with normal sandals as I need arch support 🙂 x

    1. I’d check out this site as they have a large range of items.

  11. These are great. My hiking boots are covered in mould!

    1. Oh dear, time for some new ones 😉

  12. I am wanting to go for more country walks so need some boots that are intended for serious walking. I enjoyed reading about your selection.

    1. Glad you liked them Barbara 😉

  13. We love hiking, so I will keep these boots in mind for when I next need to get some.

    1. Glad to have helped Dannii 😉

  14. I really need to invest in a good set of hiking boots as I do quite a lot of walking x

    1. It’s a good idea to help reduce the risk of injury x

  15. You can’t beat getting out in the fresh air for a good walk! My Hi-Tec boots have always served me well 🙂

    1. It’s great when you find a good boot that offers the support and protection you need.

  16. Now is definitely a good time of year to do some hiking. I’m liking these shoe picks!

    1. Glad you like my selection.

  17. I’ve never been hiking but saw some pink hiking boots the other day and loved them!

    1. There are some great looking hiking boots!

  18. I like the second pair the best – my hubby has a pair similar. We don’t go hiking as such but boots like this are useful for family walks in the woods and definitely better than wellies x

    1. Tey are, I prefer them to wellies as they offer much more grip.

  19. Getting outdoors is way more fun than the gym! A good pair of hiking boots is essential for sure. x

    1. It sure is,I prefer the fresh air so much more.

  20. I need a pair of these for hiking they look great x

    1. It’s good to have the right equipment!

  21. These look like a bargain, good sturdy boots!

    1. They do have a lovely selection 😉

  22. I’ve never been hiking and never owned hiking boots but these look really comfy.

    1. These boots are really nice and offer good protection x

  23. I love going hiking, I need a good pair of hiking boots and these ones look great 🙂

    1. You will find a good range on this website, happy shopping x

  24. Hi-Tec have been my biking boot brand choice for years because a) they’re good quality and b) affordable, and c) they look great! I’m definitely a hiking boot kinda gal. I don’t even own a pair of heels! 🙂

    1. These ones are really good aren’t they I do love nice stylish boots 😉

  25. I haven’t been hiking in a long time, and I’m sure I don’t have appropriate footwear any more. These look like great options!

    1. These are really good for hiking, they offer both support and protection x

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