These boots have become my party trick. “Feel this,” I say, handing them over. They are ridiculously light at 900g a pair (women’s size 6). Everything is high quality, too: full-grain, soft and supple British Pittards leather; collar and tongue padded with luxurious Memory foam; special lightweight Vibram sole that gripped pretty well in both wet and dry. Comfy straight out of the box, plenty of toe-wiggle room. Of course, there are downsides to the weight – they don’t offer much ankle support. The lugs are slightly shallower and there are less of them than you’d typically find on a walking boot, so they offer a bit less traction. There’s no rubber rand around the lower part of the boot to prevent wear and tear. The Gore-Tex lining kept my feet completely dry, in puddles that reached high up my boots. I typically only wear Gore-Tex boots in shoulder seasons, as I don’t like getting hot feet, but these boots are airy. I think their niche is warm but wet non-technical walks.
► Verdict: Amazingly light, high-quality boots but lacking stability.
► Best for: Warm but wet days on non-techy trails. Hello British weather.
Review by Sarah Stirling