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Trespass Serena women’s walking boots

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Ouch. By the end of my last country walk, the trusty trail shoes I’d been wearing for years were pinching like a furious crab. They used to carry me over hills and through dales without my even noticing they were there. Now, the seams had started to fray and corners were beginning to dig into my feet. They were simply too old for the job.

Luckily, I was asked by Trespass to review a pair of their Serena women’s walking boots, which arrived just in time for this weekend’s eight-mile hike through Kentish countryside. You can buy them online, from retailers or through discount websites like Dealsdadddy. So, on Saturday morning, I took my new never-been-worn walking boots out of their box, ready to meet up with my friends. I was a little nervous, as I’ve never had a pair of boots that have been comfortable on the first walk.

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The boot uppers are made from nubuck leather, which felt soft on the surface, but very firm underneath. I could actually get a recent ‘rat-a-tat-tat’ if I rapped my knuckles on it. The boots also have steel shank midsoles, to stop sharp items from cutting into your feet. When I put the boots on, though, they felt comfortable; not at all like dressing my feet in planks of wood.  They’re made from breathable fabric, which I hoped would help keep my feet cool.

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In relation to my height, I have big feet, and in the past I’ve always gone for trail shoes rather than walking boots. Most of the makes I’d tried on made me look a bit like a golf club (with whopping great paddles for feet). But the Serena walking boots were a lot less clumpy than other brands I’d tried.

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Ready for my walk, with not a golf club in sight

The verdict? After eight miles of walking – admittedly at a leisurely pace, as the secenery was so beautiful we just had to stop once…twice….three times for refreshments and a gaze into the landscape – my toes and heels were completely blister-free. The breathable fabric had worked its magic, too, as my feet didn’t overheat at all, even though the sun was beating down on us for most of the day. The boots felt more supportive than my normal choice of trail shoes; this was helpful while we were walking along the stony forest tracks. The only thing I would say about them is that, after just one day’s walking, the leather on the front of the boots was quite scuffed. Perhaps that’s unavoidable though, given the rough terrain.

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Overall, I couldn’t fault the Serena walking boots. I suspect they’ll see me through many walks over the next few years. And, even before being properly broken in, they were surprisingly comfortable, which is the main consideration. After all, nobody wants to be nursing blistered feet while taking in views like this.

Disclosure: I was sent a pair of Serena walking boots for the purpose of this review. All views are my own.

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23 Comments

  • Sonia
    June 8, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Oh they look awesome, I’ve never considered walking boots before and just use my comfiest trainers but I think I might consider it now we have started walking a lot more.

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  • Rebecca Smith
    June 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I really need to invest in a pair of walking boots and these sound just the ticket!

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  • claire toplis
    June 8, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I love walking boots ,they just make me want to get out and explore

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  • Liz Burton
    June 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Wow very brave taking them out on a big yomp without breaking them in! Glad they were comfortable, they certainly look great.

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  • Helen Gandy
    June 8, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I will have to let my Mum know about these as she rambles regularly and needs a new pair, excellent review.

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  • Pinkoddy
    June 8, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Blister free says it all really. They are just like my son’s walking boots but in a different colour. I am glad you found some that suit your feet.

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  • Louisa
    June 8, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    They sound like excellent boots. I’m impressed that you are blister free, that’s a sign that they are really well fitting and a relief for you I imagine!

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  • Jen aka Muminthemadhouse
    June 8, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Wow, you were brave wearing them on such a long walk for the first wearing! I have some Hotter walking boots and love them. My old boots which I had before the boys were born no longer fitted after pregnancy had made my feet grow!

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  • Lucy Dorrington
    June 8, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Laughing at the golf club analogy, but glad to hear they didn’t need much breaking in and left you blister free!

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  • angela hamilton
    June 8, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    They love lovely and very comfortable too. I really should get some walking boots for the long walks with the dog x

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  • Rachel
    June 9, 2015 at 5:05 am

    I will have to check these out, my current walking books dig in the backs of my ankles after a short while 🙁

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  • Erica Price
    June 9, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I do like the look of those: sturdy, practical, but good looking too. I love walking and I must get out and do a bit more of it before the school holidays.

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  • Rachel
    June 9, 2015 at 10:56 am

    They really do look like serious walking boots!

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  • VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood
    June 9, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    These look absolutely gorgeous. Here’s to lots of happy rambles x

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  • lisa prince
    June 10, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    oh ive bought my daughter these in childrens well similar and she loved them

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  • Charly Dove
    June 10, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Oh these are wonderful, I love them. They look super comfy too. You gave them a good test too having hiked for 8 miles! Look forward to seeing you in a week and a bit. Whoop whoop! xx

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  • Kara
    June 11, 2015 at 6:57 am

    I really need some walking boots and these look they are supportive and comfy

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  • Abi
    June 11, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    They look great, although I’m not a huge one for walking, more plodding along 🙂

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  • Mummy little blog
    June 11, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    aww they look good bet they offer fantastic support when walking could do with a pair.

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  • Globalmouse
    June 11, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Oh I love those walking boots – perfect for any weather!

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  • Izzie Anderton
    June 16, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve also reviewed a pair of these for Trespass and been delighted with them. I was looking forward to using the boots for many more hikes during the summer but my daughter’s ‘borrowed’ them for her summer in Oregon!

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    • Nell
      June 18, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      They’re comfy, aren’t they? And I bet they’ll be perfect for those Oregon forests.

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  • Mary Evans
    September 29, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I just bought a pair of these and am looking forward to my first proper walk in them. They are much more
    Comfortable than I expected – hiking boots and I do not always get along!

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