These fabric boots from Aku are lovely and snug, with plenty of padding, especially on the ankle cuff and beneath the laces. The fit is about spot-on, meaning you can put the miles in straight away. A little on the soft side for all-round walking, and better suited to well-surfaced paths or softer ground, such as grass or mud. They do feel wonderfully light though.
Verdict: A lovely light boot that’s comfortable and waterproof and ideal for lower-level walking on good trails. A pleasure to walk in as long as you don’t push them too hard.
Colours: Anthracite, sand, grey or navy
Sizes: Unisex 3-13 (UK, including half sizes), 35-48 (Euro’)
Upper: Suede/Scamosciato Air 8000
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Vibram Lothse
Women’s version: Available from September 07
Contact: 01250 873863; www.ardblairsports.com