Lowa Stirling GTX W (2012)

Designed specifically for UK hillwalkers, these nice-looking boots are made with thick, single-piece nubuck leather uppers. They’re quite narrow, especially across the toes; and a slightly awkward lacing system makes them less forgiving if they don’t suit your foot shape. The luxurious leather upper is quick to mould to the foot, although unfortunately there’s no rubber bumper at the toe so scuff marks will develop quickly. They’re fairly stiff boots which excel on high ground, although there’s enough flex across the toes to keep them feeling comfortable on mid-level walks too. The Vibram sole provides great traction on both rock and soft ground.

Sizes: UK 3½-9
Upper: 2.4mm nubuck leather
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Vibram
Weight: 1,400g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: www.lowa.co.uk
; 01380 872950