Our Top Footwear Picks For 2021

Your outdoor footwear is one of the most important parts of your kit wardrobe. If chosen well, your shoes will support your feet (and ankles, if you choose a boot), absorb shock from the ground and reduce fatigue, and keep you comfortable even on all-day adventures. Our footwear buyer Kathleen has recommended her favourite footwear for every adventure – here are her top picks.


Best For Low-Level Walking

Loving your local walks during lockdown? These are perfect for the everyday explorer, with a GORE-TEX lining to keep your feet dry and comfortable and a Contragrip sole for varied terrain.

Comfortable, lightweight and designed specifically for women, the Vibram sole on the Merrel Siren Sport 3 provides excellent grip while the GORE-TEX lining helps to keep your feet dry in unpredictable weather.

Best For Hillwalking

Comfortable and ready for the hills straight out of the box, the leather upper of the Scarpa Terra is just one of many factors that make them a bestseller. GORE-TEX and Vibram technology combine to offer exceptional weather protection, support and stability for all-day comfort.

The ideal boot for weekend walking. Designed with comfort in mind, the Renegade strikes the perfect balance between light weight and excellent support, while GORE-TEX offers weather protection for whatever the hills throw at you.

Best For Hiking Weekends

Designed for long days and tough terrain, the Quest 4 features a deep-lug Contragrip sole and updated chassis for ultimate stability to keep you moving even when fatigue hits.

The perfect boot for technical hikes or multi-day hiking trips. The Vibram Biometric Trek sole offers excellent traction on challenging terrain, while the unique sock-fit tongue provides a fit that adapts as you move.

Best For Active Days Out

Maximise energy and reduce fatigue in the new-age Vectiv Exploris. Perfect for when you just don’t want to stop, the fully waterproof Futurelight membrane offers breathable weather protection, while the deep lugs are built to take on the trails.

Lightweight shoe built for support and stability on all-day adventures. The GORE-TEX membrane offers unbeatable weather protection while the Contragrip outsole guarantees performance on all terrains.

Best For The Garden

Endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society, these lightweight and comfortable shoes are perfect for keeping your feet protected from mud and water while garden pottering or walking the dog in the warmer weather. 

Best For Dog Walking

Perfect for wet and muddy days in the woods, these feature a deep tread for traction on slippery terrain, while the adjustable gusset and knee-length height offer a comfortable fit and mud protection.

This robust and timeless style has a soft leather upper and reliably waterproof GORE-TEX lining, making it perfect for exploring the countryside.

Best For City Walks

A mix of technicality and style for taking to the streets, the super-soft leather upper combines with Ecco shock thru technology to make every step comfortable, even on long days exploring and on slippery pavements.

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