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Best Leather Boots For Hill Walking.

#1
I`m looking for some lightweight leather boots for hill walking/ rough shooting , I dont like synthetics and I want black or dark brown , not desert beige, being waterproof is not essential as I use my Matterhorn`s for wet weather , I do like Vibram soles , what do you recommend ?
 
#2
Lowa Mountain Boot if you have Lowa shaped feet.
Miendel Vakuum GTX if you have meindel shaped feet.

Unfortunately, I seem to have one of each!
 

Alsacien

MIA
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#5
I`m looking for some lightweight leather boots for hill walking/ rough shooting , I dont like synthetics and I want black or dark brown , not desert beige, being waterproof is not essential as I use my Matterhorn`s for wet weather , I do like Vibram soles , what do you recommend ?
I use Le Chameau Mouflon's if I'm doing too much distance for wellies - Meindls are too wide for my feet. Vibram sole but not lightweight.

I also have a pair of short Chris Brasher boots which come in a range of heights starting with ankle shoes, vibram sole.
 
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Tinman74

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#6
I use lowa mountain boots, tried to be clever and smash around place fell with wearing a pair of trail shoes and fell off after ankle went!!! Boots only these days!
 
#8
I picked up a a pair of Karrimor KSB Orkney II's from Amazon, reduced from £130 to £45. Wore them just walking about for a couple of days then did a Munro. Excellent boots. Very comfortable, no blisters and no hot spots. Thoroughly reccommend them. Karrimor Men's Ksb Orkney Iii Weathertite Hiking Boot: Amazon.co.uk: Shoes & Accessories
They're not bad actually, I've got a pair myself. I've had them about three years, and apart from a few scratches on the leather they're holding up very well. I got mine from TK Maxx for the same price as you.
 
#9
Go to a good outdoor shop like Ellis Brigham, Cotswold Outdoor or Snow and Rock and ask them for a bootfitting. You won't be disappointed.
 
#10
Although ive tested both Lowa & Meindl on various terrains I wouldn't discount the US brand Danner either.

I wear their Striker GTX II for work and wouldn't be without them (due to their lightness) so there hillwalking versions might be worth considering.
 
#11
I had a pair of the Orkneys as well, again from TK Maxx and while they aren't bad for knocking about in and work wear the liners not as good or as breathable as a proper goretex one, the sole is non replacable as well, I also found the soles come adrift from the boot slightly at the ball of the feet and make anoying clicking sounds as you walk. The metal cleats for the laces are cheap cast ones with sharp mould flash edges on them so they eat through laces in rapid order.

I have some fabric Brasher GTX from Go-Outdoors now and despite not being leather they are a much better quality boot and much more sturdy.

Brasher Kiso GTX Men's Hiking Boots | GO Outdoors

For £70 on sale they are top notch, like Scarpa or Lowas in quaility.

Avoid Magnums, they are tacky over priced shit and they will give you fungal infections.
 
#14
Lowa mountain all day long for me. I found matterhorns and danner a bit on the narrow side but then I do have wide feet. karrimor are super shit since sports direct took the helm, bought stuff from there but it just fell to bits in no time at all so won't be buying Karrimor again.
 
#15
I tried a cheap ex army surplus pair of lowa's from ebay before splashing out on a new pair to make sure I was comfortable with them.
 
#16
I've used a pair of leather Brasher boots in varied conditions over many years in the Highlands and in the Balkans and they are still serving me well. Just be aware the leather of some versions has a very good invisible plastic coating - in my experience you may have difficulty dissuading your Kosovan landlord from trying to polish them.

Good luck to all involved in Jubilee beacons tonight - especially the Ben Nevis party - we'll be thinking of you, chaps!
 
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exmunkey

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#18
Depends on your feet and what you like, as previously said go to a boot shop and try a load on, personally I could walk miles in the lowa elites, got an old pair of brashers that are the business and had a pair of danner hunting boots similar to the jackal that were like slippers but wore out too quickly
 

phil245

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#19
I`m looking for some lightweight leather boots for hill walking/ rough shooting , I dont like synthetics and I want black or dark brown , not desert beige, being waterproof is not essential as I use my Matterhorn`s for wet weather , I do like Vibram soles , what do you recommend ?
I've found that Vibram soles tend to slip on wet grass.
 

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