Of course most boots, especially three-season walking boots, have waterproof characteristics as standard. Whether it's because of their Gore-Tex lining, the utilising of naturally water repellent materials such as leather, or some other gear sorcery; a walking boot that offers protection from water is clearly far more likely to satisfy the wearer especially in wet places like the United Kingdom.
But how do you know the walking boot you want to buy is as waterproof as the manufacturer says it is? To help you navigate the huge choice on offer and purchase a boot that's guaranteed to keep your feet dry, we've compiled together this collection of some of the best ones on the market. There's obviously lots of walking boots around that are as equally as waterproof as these, so don't feel like we're dismissing products not featured below. This list is just something to consider, if you're having difficulties.
Mammut T-Aenergy GTX
They might have a bit of a rubbish name, but the T-Aenergy GTX boots are absolute spot on when it comes to delivering precisely what you want from a waterproof boot. Lined with Gore-Tex, these are brilliant for anyone who loves walking through the cold wet months of autumn and, to an extent, winter as well. Walk through a puddle or stream in these, and you can rest assured that your feet will still be warm and dry afterwards.
In terms of grip, the Vibram® Scale sole is an absolute masterpiece. Based on the scaly armour of the Pangolin, the design provides an impressive level of traction on a variety of surfaces and terrains. We've got a whole lot of love for these waterproof walking boots, and we think you will too.
Meindl Bhutan MFS GTX
Taking what made Meindl's Burma boot so popular, and improving on it in virtually every single way - the Bhutan MFS GTX is a winner right across the board. Gore-Tex lined, extremely supportive, well cushioned in all of the most important areas, and with a leather construction ensuring maximum durability. The Meindl Bhutan has all the benefits you'd expect to find in a leather walking boot, like natural water resistance, as well as some extra ones thrown in for good measure.
New features on it include an improved lacing system, and a more streamlined upper. Factor in the softer than a cloud-made-of-marshmallow cushioning round the ankle, the addition of memory foam, and the powerful Vibram sole unit (that also featured on the Burma) and you've got yourself a superb piece of footwear that can tackle hills on even the rainiest of days.
Asolo Power Matic 200 GV
Powerful by name, powerful by nature; the Asolo Power Matic 200 GV is a rock to cling to in stormy times. Made from water resistant full grain leather, with a Gore-Tex lining to ensure dry feet in the wettest of conditions, these things are much loved in the world of walking boots...and with good reason.
As well as its magnificent waterproofing characteristics, the Power Matic also offers wearers an ingenious shock absorption system in the outsole and midsole. These boots are sturdier than an old oak tree when stability is required, thanks to the high-density front portion, but lighter in the heel area with a medium density portion to reduce fatigue over long distances. No mess. No fuss. No nasty surprises. This strong, durable, shoe could outlive cockroaches in a nuclear apocalypse. A really great boot.
Arc’teryx Bora2 Mid GTX
As anyone who's read our review of the Arc'teryx Bora2 Mid GTX will know, here at Outdoors Magic we're big fans of this particular boot. Its ingenious two-part design, which consists of a waterproof fabric shell that can be completely separated from a stretchy inner boot, has captured our attention from the moment we saw it and refused to let go of it in the time that's occurred since.
Why do we love the whole two-part design so much? Answer: Versatility. Versatility, by the bucketload. The option to swap between different types of liners (standard, winter Gore-Tex, and a warmer insulated version) means these boots have the potential to adapt instantly to whatever conditions they come up against - providing, of course, that you have the appropriate liner. Seamless on the outside and with those clever linings acting as a waterproof jacket for your feet, hikers who enjoy finishing their walk with dry feet will love this product. They're not cheap, but then can you really put a price on a happy foot?
Hi-Tec Altitude V i Waterproof
The Hi-Tec Altitude V i Wateproof is a great lightweight hiking boot that won't cost you the Heaven, the Earth, and both of your kidneys. For as little as £74.99, these affordable walking boots could be with you and on your feet. Sealed with a Dri-Tec membrane to make it fully waterproof, and featuring Hi-Tec's exclusive water repelling i-shield technology, these things will keep your feet bone dry and your bank balance in the black.
Not only do these things perform superbly in the wet, at a price that'd make bargain hunters salivate at the mouths, they also off good grip, superior cushioning, and a moulded mid-sole designed to absorb impact. Did we mention they only cost £74.99? We did? Ah, well. This waterproof walking boot is incredible value for money, and we really can't emphasise that enough.
Berghaus Men's Explorer Trek Plus GTX
Not that we'd ever tell you to buy a boot just because everyone else, but the Berghaus Men's Explorer Trek Plus GTX is Britain's most popular waterproof fabric fell walking boot for a reason. The reason: it's an extremely good waterproof fabric fell walking boot. Offering you first-class Gore-Tex waterproof protection, comfort straight out the box, and the kind of ace performance characteristics that all dedicated outdoor enthusiasts will immediately get onboard with; it's a winner in almost every respect.
Approved by the Duke of Edinburgh Award's recommended kit list, the Explorer Trek Plus GTX boot is packing some really nice features. Including, but not limited to, a tough yet breathable sued and mesh upper as well as an OrthoLite® foot bed for gentle cushioning and odour elimination. Don't worry about being a sheep and having the same boot as everyone else, just worry about getting the boot that's right for you. With the Explorer Trek Plus GTX, you're unlikely to go too far wrong.