11 of the best pairs of walking boots for all your winter stomping

Lockdown the Second is nearly upon us in the UK, and now that it’s winter this time round, our socially distanced outdoor activities will look very different to those of spring and summer. No more lazy picnics in the park or al fresco dining set ups means your best options for catching up with a friend safely these days is to go for a walk.

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And whether it’s a pootle around the park or a ramble in the countryside, proper footwear is essential. Anyone knows the best way to kill a good walk is with improper footwear – cue rubbing heels, damp, cold toes and an even damper mood to match. Even if you’re going for a quick stroll on your lunch break, properly supportive, waterproof walking shoes are a must.

So what to look out for? They’ve obviously got to be comfortable, so order a few pairs and try them on at home, but also bear in mind that walking boots can take a while to break in, so wear them round the house and on a few shorter walks first before heading out for hours and ending up at blister city. Waterproof (not just water resistant) is also a good quality to look out for, especially if you plan on getting out in all weathers.

Conveniently, hiking boots are rather en vogue this season, so make sure yours are ‘proper shoes’ as your mum would say, and not ones that will let muddy puddle water seep in after 2 and a half minutes of walking.

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Lastly, well-made walking boots are an essential, however do spare a moment to think about the sort of walking you’re most likely to do. A one hour stroll and an all-day hike up a mountainside are very different things, so don’t go spending hundreds of pounds on shoes if they’re likely to never leave pavement.

We’ve found 11 walking boots for women at a variety of price points to suit a variety of walking situations – from the infrequent stroller to the hardened rambler – and they all actually look good, too.

11 walking boots for stomping around in

Mountain Warehouse walking boots
Mountain Warehouse

Casual Waterproof Womens Boots, £59.99 (was £79.99), Mountain Warehouse

Northwest Territory walking boots

Ladies Peak Lace Up Premium Leather Upper Waterproof Walking/Hiking Trekking Boot, £39.99 – £54.99, Amazon

Columbia walking boots

Women’s Newton Ridge Luxe Hiking Boot, £125, Columbia

Ugg walking boots

Adirondack III Waterproof Snow Boots, £220, Ugg

Timberland walking boots

Mount Madison Gore-Tex® Hiker For Women in Brown, £135, Timberland

Sorel walking boots

Womens Lennox™ Hiker Boot, £160, Sorel

Caterpillar walking boots

CAT leather hiker boots in honey, £75 (was £110), ASOS

The North Face walking boots
Ellis Brigham

The North Face Women’s Hedgehog Fastpack II Mid Waterproof Walking Boots, £119.99, Ellis Brigham

Teva walking boots

Ember Commute Waterproof, £120, Teva

Joules walking boots

Montrose Lace Up Leather Hiker Boot, £149, Joules

Trespass walking boots

Lynan Women’s Winter Boots, £50.99 (was £89.99), Trespass