I got some great comments on Summer walking boots nowadays I use Running shoes and as long as your careful they are great. I will have to get new ones as the soles are battered well worth looking at your boot soles been on the hill with a few folk with comfy boots but no grip on sole.
S Atkins “ Turned up for my trial with my prized Daisy Roots hiking boots. Swiftly told they were shite, and replaced with standard issue Dollies. Certainly explained my terrible hill performance, both on trial and for at least three years afterwards.”
P.Rosher – Ex Brit-Army hand-me-downs.
K Ash – “DMS boots, pre-para, Yorkshire 3 Peaks 1979, beasted by PTI’s who changed for a fresh one after each hill!! Worst boots in the World lol.”
G Dolby – Hawkins Helvellyn. There were reasonably comfortable once you got the broken in, but by that time, they did not have much sole left. Then after they were resoled, they were even less watertight!
Jim Fraser – “In about 1965, on holiday in the lake district, my Dad took us all into Fisher’s and very extravagantly kitted the whole family out with good quality leather boots and Ventile smocks. (Wainright advice was over-riding the bank manager’s advice!) Chris Nixon reckoned it would have been his dad, Keswick MRT legend Mike Nixon, who would have sold them to us. My mother was still using her boots on the hill 25 years later. Anyway, off we went up Skiddaw and a number of other lakeland fells as shown in Dad’s copy of Wainrights guide. So in spite of being from Inverness, my first big hill was Skiddaw. Revisited it in 2010: texted my brother, “Top of Skiddaw 45 years on. Still misty.” 🙄
Phil M – Scarpa’s, can’t remember the model. Bought them in Ambleside 1972..
Jim Higgins – Well, how modern boots really spoil the hill goer. My first hillwalk was done in a pair of sandals like your own. The ones with caramac soles ha ha. It was on a school nature trip in 1971, primary 6 to be exact and my mother sent me to Arran like little lord pontelroy. The sandals never made it home, the sole fell off. I soon graduated to a pair of TUF boots which I wore as part of my uniform with the Air Cadets (327 Squadron Kilmarnock) I wore them all over the north Ayrshire moors and on the Arran Mountains and Galloway hills. I had to clean them and re-bull them after every trip to get ready for my cadet nights. My next real boots were bought from peters stores in Kilmarnock for £2 in a sale. They had vibram cleats and I felt like Doug Scott. I have had numerous boots over the years all being in use at some point. From Karrimor KSB for lightweight summer use to Zamberlain for 3 season. My Asolo full shank boots are less used as I am reluctant to go out in winter after major heart surgery. I am now browsing the catalogues for new knees ha ha. The heart tells me I am 20 the knees 120. My advice for boots is the best you can afford from a qualified fitter in a reputable mountaineering store. Until you know exactly what you need with experience. Many days well be spared in absolute agony if you look after your feet. You cant walk on your hands, although I came down from SC gully on my belly after breaking an ankle and splitting my coxixx (tail bone) that was not fun.
“Welly boots and cagool that folded into it’s own pouch, by the early 1980s I had moved into the luxury of brown leather boots from Graham Tiso’s in Stirling”
James Boylan. An Irish company I think. Bought from Clive Rowlands shop on Academy street, Inverness. 1982 I think., before he relocated to Bridge street.
D Walker – Surplus “new” Dr Martin’s with ring and hook fastening. Looked like mountaineering boots but not. 1264 Sqn Windermere Air Training Corps. Years later I came to realise that we came off the lakeland fells with mild exposure after most of our trips. Very Happy Days and a memorable introduction to mountaineering.
Pete Caulton -“Millets sooper cheap. All the Stafford troops called them “tesco tearaways”. 😂 soon invested in Dolomites Hindu Kush. Best boots ever.”
Steve Price – “Scarpa Bronzo’s … too heavy … too stiff but still managed to walk the Pennine Way in them”
Drew Aitken “Tackety boots. Hobnail in Sassunachland.”
I temper the lightweight KS B 2 fantastic on hill on the early 80’s . I did some great days on them.
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