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.
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.
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.
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.
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.