After completing the Moon Walk last year in my trainers, I decided that any future walking challenges would be completed with improved footwear. My trainers were adequate for the job in hand, and couples with the correct walking socks, I didn’t suffer from not having walking boots. I was offered the chance to review some women’s boots just before Christmas so I opted for the Hi-Tec Penrith Low Waterproof hiking boots. This seemed like the logical choice as 2017 is going to be full of walking again as I train to complete the 22 mile Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike with Macmillan in July.
Hiking boots are different to trainers as they are a lot sturdier and feel a lot more supportive around the ankle and over the top of the foot. On first impressions I liked the style of the Hi-Tec Penrith Low Waterproof Hiking Boots. I also liked the colour of the boots as well but this wasn’t the reason I chose them. I wanted hiking boots that would be supportive and keep my feet working to their best. I can still remember hobbling around for a day or so after walking the Moon Walk and I want to prevent this from happening as much as I can next time.
The boots have a waterproof membrane to keep your feet dry with a breathable shell which so far have kept my feet perfectly dry despite walking through the long wet grass that is typical of this time of year. I am always a little weary when ordering shoes online that I won’t choose the correct size. I am a UK size 5, however I ordered these boots in a Uk size 6. With thick socks which I will be wearing when walking longer distances, they are a perfect fit.
During the first couple of times wearing the boots, I noticed that they were quite stiff and would need some wearing in. I did find you have to really do the laces up tight to prevent the shoes from slipping against the foot. The laces are very long in the boots so a double tie is needed. After the first couple of wears they are now very comfortable for walking and so much nicer to walk in than my trainers ever were. I wish I had introduced myself to walking boots before.
These are a great value priced pair of hiking boots and I’m looking forward to waking them with me, and my Fitbit of course on my long walks this year. I’ve included my affiliate link should you wish to try them for yourself.
Disclosure – we received the boots free of charge but all opinions are our own