Yup, really. I have the best walking boots by far. They are the WV Sport Waterproof Hiking Boots from Will’s Vegan Store. This isn’t sponsored in any way, and I paid for my boots myself last year, I just love them. And how they’ve been worth every penny during Covid-19 lockdown in the UK.
I previously had a pair of battered old North Face trainers that I’d seriously had for over 10 years before they started letting water in. I had two essential criteria for my new boots:
- Boots rather than trainers (wobbly ankles)
Within reason, I didn’t mind the cost, as I was hoping that whatever I bought would last, and I think my old pair were around the £90 mark.
My Will’s Vegan Store boots came in at £116, with speedy delivery and all the packaging is carbon neutral: untreated brown paper, no plastic and no Russian Doll-style packaging. Somehow they still looked stylishly packed.
Despite being heavy-duty with a thick sole and being waterproof, they are surprisingly light and were really comfy from the moment I put them on. I’m a piscean, so rubbing shoes, blisters and sore feet were to be expected, but these boots needed NO breaking in. From the first wear they felt like I’d worn them forever (in a good way).
I’ve worn them at every opportunity, even when a pair of trainers would have done the job, I just love putting them on. In fact, there is a sense of calm that comes over me every time I slip my feet in my boots and lace them up.
This has been particularly useful over the last 13 weeks or so, from the initial ‘lockdown’ announcement and daily briefings, I found I needed to get out the house and look at the trees, watch hares race across fields, and hear nothing but bird-song. While March 2020 onwards has been difficult, I’m incredibly grateful for many things that I won’t list here because they are so far from a humblebrag and because I know everyone has had a different experience.
I’ve spent many hours exploring the lanes, footpaths and farmland (where allowed) alone near my home over the last couple of months; and being able to lace up my boots and stomp through fields has brought me physical and mental relief. The anxiety or muscle tightness I might feel as I head out the door will be stalled at a stile or trapped in a kissing gate.
If you’re looking for a new pair of walking boots, I highly recommend the WV Waterproof Hiking Boots. I can’t promise they’ll be as emotionally supportive as mine, but for foot and ankle support, you’ll be sorted.