It’s been a couple of years since I reviewed the Columbia Ventrailia walking shoes back in 2016. Since then, these awesome shoes have literally taken me around the world. They’ve been to countries such as Spain, Scandinavia, Poland, Slovakia and Croatia to name but a few. They’ve also been worn on 25+ mile hiking days on the Cornish Coast path. They’ve gone through sand, mud and streams and have served me awesomely. Although my old faithful Columbia Ventrailia walking shoes…

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A few years ago, I got a pair of Ventrailia Outdry Trail shoes by Columbia and have worn them nearly every day since, so I thought it was time for a new pair. For obvious reasons, I chose Columbia again. Everything by Columbia that I have owned has been made to a very high standard and always looks great. After browsing, I chose the Columbia Women’s Caldorado II Outdry EX Shoe, as they look very cool and have some awesome…

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Over a year ago, I got my first pair of Teva boots (which you can read about here) and absolutely loved them. They’re one of my most warn pair of shoes, this is because of how amazingly light and comfortable they are and because of their high quality design and manufacturing. A year later and after lots of wear, they still look close to new and I’m still wearing them all the time. Now I’m a fully fledged fan of…

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Stop the presses; I think I’ve discovered the perfect adventure-proof slipper. It’s the Teva Ember Moc Slipper and it’s perfection in slipper form. These are the ultimate post-adventure or camping slipper – just what you need for autumn and winter. I’ve found them superb for camping and cold winter nights. It’s always important to have a pair of comfy slip on shoes when you’re camping so that you can quickly pop out of your van, tent or glamping option. These…

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  Hanwag (named after their founder Hans Wagner) are a small walking shoes company based near Munich in Germany. They’ve been around for almost 100 years and have been creating top quality shoes for outdoor enthusiasts. Hanwag want all of their shoes to have a great fit and be tough, rugged and durable. They do this by making all of their shoes out of the best materials available, using the traditional skills of the craft.   Hanwag Belorado Low GTX…

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    A few months ago, back in November, I got a pair of the Sire Waterproof Boots by CAT footwear. I chose them as they are not only advertised as tough and waterproof but also comfortable to wear. I’ve worn them almost every day for months and I thought I’d share my experience as well as some before and after photos!   During the months of November, December and January, I’ve not gone lightly on these boots and they’ve…

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  Technical hiking and walking boots are great, they are superb out on the trails and in the mountains. On more casual terrain or in the town however, they do look a bit un-cool. One day, a few weeks ago in town I got caught in a flash storm and totally soaked. Running down the puddle filled streets I was totally drenched. Finally, getting back to the van and jumping inside, my coat had kept me dry but my jeans…

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  Mike and I wanted to make the most of our second Snowdonia trip, but knew that our first day would be mostly spent travelling there, so sadly no time for hiking up any mountains. We decided then that we would take a different route to the hostel than last time, which although slightly longer, was well worth it! This was along the North Wales Expressway (A55). The road takes you along the north coast of Wales and the views…

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    Sometimes you might do a long, planned out, full day or even a several day hike across tough ground, other times you might do a fast paced low gear, session of trail walking. We’ve got the idea of walking the entire Cornish coast path and in the future, plan on doing long stretches of it over weeks at time. It would be amazing to know you’d seen every beach, bay, cove and inch of coast around the beautiful…

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  As you may have already read, we did a lot of walking in Snowdonia. We summited about half the Welsh 3000 footers in just a couple of days and did loads of other trekking besides. Upon leaving, at the end of our four days in Snowdonia and after over 30 hours walking, my feet felt exactly the same as when we had arrived. This was all down to the golden combination of Alt-Berg boots and Smartwool socks. Not one…

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