Millet Switch Low GTX (2015)


The Millet Switch Low GTX is a very interesting shoe that’s designed for fast hiking along hill and mountain tracks and trails, and its features fit this target use well. So you get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining that is protected by a stiff synthetic upper with a good placement of reinforcement. The Vibram sole unit doesn’t have the deepest lugs but it provides good stiffness. 4/5


Available for men in size 6-11½ and 3-8½ for women. The lacing extends relatively near to the toe, and this allows quite a precise fit. This felt slightly more restrictive on me than other shoes so some may find the fit a bit too close. The upper and sole are quite stiff, so it doesn’t mould to the foot as instantly as some. 4/5


The Millet Switch Low GTX didn’t feel as comfortable on the foot as many other shoes we looked at, and seemed to lack a little of the cushioning that even stiffer shoes were offering. But as there is good stiffness in the sole and upper that comfort will not reduce easily on rocky or rougher terrain either, meaning it’s better than the bendier shoes on more challenging terrain. 4/5

In use

The lugs aren’t as deep as others in this price range and the design isn’t quite so precise for climbing over rocks either. But where this excels is walking on rough trails and tracks, making it ideal for trekking. The waterproof lining and more durable upper should mean it provides good protection for many miles. 4/5


The price seems a little high for what the Millet Switch Low GTX shoe offers, but you’re paying for the construction method that leads to the low weight. 3/5


Low weight combined with track and trail performance set the Millet Switch Low GTX apart from other shoes at its price or that may look similar. A unique option. 3.8/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine May 2015