Aku Lagorai GTX

Good looking, beautifully made boots but quite narrow at the toe. A good lacing system enabled a pretty decent fit, though, and kept heels nicely in place. I really liked the soft, yet supportive, ankle cuffs and top-quality leather uppers, which kept feet dry, protected and comfortable all day. The stiff midsole made them suitable for even the roughest ground – a really good high-level walking boot. A Gore-Tex lining kept feet dry and the sole unit provided excellent shock absorption – the most effective in the test. They also flexed easily at the toe – a big bonus with such a stiff midsole – and overall they were a pleasure to wear on all surfaces.

Colour: Brown
Sizes: 4-8 (UK including half-sizes); 37-42 (Euro’)
Upper: Nubuck
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Vibram Werewolf PU
Weight: 1,300g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 01250 873863, www.aku.it
Verdict: A top-quality all-rounder with all the features you’d expect for the high price tag, including a wonderful midsole. Will especially suit women with narrow feet.