Whether you're an avid walker, taking the dog out, or just fancy getting a little healthier while spending quality time outdoors, a great fitting pair of hiking boots is the place to start.
According to our friends at Country Walking, the official magazine of the #Walk1000Miles challenge, the most economical boots to look out for are three-season boots; they are called this because they'll see you through pretty much everything but the harshest of winters.
Unlike trainers, walking boots offer your ankles support over rough terrain and reduce joint strain over long distances.
They’re extremely versatile and offer a wealth of features that make them perfect for UK hiking. Most three-season boots are waterproof and breathable, ideal for the unpredictable British weather.
Look out for a pair that protect your ankles and give you extra grip, while still being comfortable – after all, especially if you're aiming for 1000 miles, you'll be spending a lot of time in them!
Here's our pick of the best boots on the market:
The best waterproof walking boots for women
Best walking boots
1. Brasher Women's Country Walker Boots
Carefully crafted using premium waterproof leather, the Country Walker Boots shield from water and moisture whilst allowing for constant airflow. The comfort PU footbed cradles the foot, cushioning each step for extended comfort, ideal for longer days on the trail.
2. Peter Storm Women's Millbeck Waterproof Walking Boot, Navy
The Millbeck is a breathable textile hiking boot with a waterproof lining. Better for thicker hiking socks, it has a deeper lug-depth for greater grip over wet and muddy terrain.
3. Harris Waterproof Boots
The Harris Dry Boot provides excellent protection against the toughest terrain and wettest conditions. They're comfortable, long lasting, washable, quick drying and very low maintenance (plus they're vegan). I actually own a pair of these myself and I love them.
4. Mountain Warehouse Rapid Womens Waterproof Boots
A waterproof membrane allows your feet to breathe whilst keeping them dry. The mesh lining improves breathability to help keep your feet fresh whilst out and about.
5. Women's Siren 3 Mid GORE-TEX
Made of GORE-TEX waterproof membrane this shoe provides exceptional breathability and waterproof performance. Additionally, the Kinetic Fit Tri removable contoured insole provides light support to all three arches of the foot.
6. Scarpa Ranger Walking Boots
The Gore-Tex lining and Viscoflex Active Fit insole make this boot both comfortable and practical.
7. Karrimor Bodmin Ladies Weathertite
Exclusive weathertite waterproof/breathable lining means this boot is perfect for all terrains and all weathers. The pop of pink adds a bit of fun.
Comfortable leather boots that provide support and protection across varied terrain. Made from tough full grain leather they're designed to help keep your feet dry and comfortable on all-day treks.
Review: " I tend to go for fabric walking boots as I expect them to be more comfortable, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by these. Straight out of the box I went for a dog walk and actually ended up extending the walk, they were so comfy! There's a lot of padding inside, particularly around the heel, so your feet feel really secure. The lower fit at the back means there's good movement for my ankles too. One thing I did find was the laces are a bit stiff to tighten up, but I'm sure this will get easier with time."
The best men's waterproof walking boots
If you're after some boots that are ready for adventure, look no further than Salomon's Quest hiking boot. The goretex lining and naturally water resistant leather keeps your feet dry from the outside to the inside. Centragrip technology on the sole means you won't lose grip whether you're out for a ramble or climbing a challenging peak.
Review: "I'm out walking all day with my job so I need boots that are comfortable, and I don't have time to break them in. These are perfect as they're really comfortable, a great fit and I can be out and about in them all day no problem. I prefer the higher fit to my previous boots, and the grip is really great, even in wet conditions."
The new Terra improves significantly on the bestselling hiking boot with an improved construction and fit. Durability has been improved with a higher rubber content in the Vibram outsole and revised stitching pattern on the leather. And a GORE-TEX® membrane combined with the leather uppers keeps your foot dry in British weather.
Review: "I've always been a firm fan of Scarpa boots, I think they're great value and last for years. This is my first pair of Terra but I love the look and feel of them. The leather is smart and sturdy and it's great to have metal hardware - so many boots seem to have gone to plastic now and I just find it doesn't last as well. I'm really looking forward to getting these out and about more."
Pop them on, head out and be confident you’re covered with these great, breathable suede boots. Lightweight, they’re also hugely supportive right where you need it.
Review: "I'm not a fan of heavy leather boots so the fact that these are so lightweight was a huge bonus. Despite the suede fabric they are completely waterproof (tested in rainy Yorkshire!) and cope brilliantly with different terrains, I was really impressed with how secure they were."
The best walking boot accessories
Once you've got your boots, there are also some must-have walking accessories that everyone should invest in. So, here's a few of our top picks – from boot bags to gaiters.
Eurohike Wellington Boot Bag
A handy storage bag for muddy wellies to keep your boot clean and prevent them from getting misplaced.
TREKMATES Cairngorm GORE-TEX Gaiters
Add a whole new level to your boots waterproofing with these gaiters. They'll also help to keep you sturdy with an underfoot strap and reinforced ankle, and their snug fit will keep you warm. A serious item for serious outdoor use.
YUEDGE Women's Walking Socks
These socks hold their shape and fit snugly and comfortably without any sense of constraint (making them great for healthy feet circulation). The ribbed arch and reinforced cushion provides perfect foot comfort while walking.
Grangers Footwear Care Kit
Your footwear may be the most hardworking element of your outdoor kit, and it needs to be regularly cared for as a result. Grangers Footwear Care Kit is a complete product protection package designed to make caring for all types of footwear as easy as possible.
If these boots have inspired you to get walking, how about setting yourself the challenge of Walk1000Miles. Run by our friends at Country Walking magazine, it's a great way to get out and about in the countryside, make friends, lose weight and most of all have fun!