La Sportiva Wizard

Arguably the best looking shoe out there, the Wizard is something that would definitely double-up for more casual wear without looking too technical. In use on stony paths, flagstone and exposed rocky sections there is an excellent amount of grip emanating from the Frixion sole – even on wet rock. As they have been designed as an approach shoe, they are great for a bit of gentle scrambling too, with a tough rand that helps protect the toe box. The assymetrical lacing also helps get a snug fit with ease. They are let down when the ground becomes muddy, though. The excellent hard surface grip doesn’t really translate to wet grass and they aren’t waterproof. The tongues aren’t sealed and so water can seep in around them.

Materials: Suede/leather/fabric
Sole: Frixion AT with Impact Brake System
Weight: 973g
Women’s version: No
Contact: 015396 26260;
• Review from Country Walking magazine, June ’11