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Why Trainers Are Not What You Should Be Wearing On Your Walks

Annie Spratt Unsplash
January 2021
Reading time 5 minutes

Your favourite trainers just won’t last the distance, and be warned, without proper support, shin splints, arch and Achilles pain await

Walking has become so much more popular since lockdown as we head out for our daily exercise. Some of us have even taken it a little further and started hiking. But when you do head outdoors, and whatever the terrain, you need to don sensible footwear.

Chedworth waterproof hiking boots, £89.95 Joules, stockists regionwide

Lightweight and with a moulded PU foam insole, these boots ensure best performance when walking. A heel stabiliser gives added support, the rubber outsoles for grip and a flexible EVA midsole for easy movement. Because nobody can predict a downpour, they’ve also taped the seams on the padded collar and made the uppers completely waterproof, to keep feet dry when the clouds appear above.

North Face

Back-to-Berkeley Mid boot, £145 The North Face, stockists regionwide

The North Face has upgraded their iconic Back-to-Berkeley Mid boot to include premium waterproof leather uppers and a DryVent membrane to keep moisture out. Stylish, comfortable and durable with an in-built cradle system to stabilise as you move, they’re great for any terrain – including icy conditions. 


Roclite Pro G400 GTX boots, £200 inov-8 at

Cumbrian-based inov-8 are better known for their trail shoes but this boot promises soles that are 50 percent stronger and more hardwearing than any other and they contain graphene, one of the hardest substances in the world. Despite that, these boots are lightweight, easy to lace and the soles provide plenty of support and cushioning to keep a spring in your step.

Columbia Sportswear

Mid OutDry boots, £115

These super-lightweight boots feature a solid tread for excellent grip on the roughest  terrain. Ankles are well-supported without having the bulk of a heavier hiking boot but it’s in the wet that these boots outperform many other textile boots. Synthetic uppers with welded overlays means they are waterproof whilst also being breathable.


Terrex Free Hiker shoes, £170 Adidas, stockist regiownide

With Adidas’s boost technology, these lightweight knitted hiking shoes promise an added push in each step and the sock-like support protects your foot and ankle. A great boot for summer hikes.

Brooks Running

Addiction Walker 2 Shoes, £110

More trainer-like than many, the Addiction Walker shoes are specially designed to help you avoid injury. Clever arch support keeps feet properly aligned and the unique cushioning reduces impact as it adapts to you own stride and weight. 

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