Latest in our look at the new 2010 products due out early next year is

Meindl, the German brand with a reputation for producing some of the

best walking and trekking boots on the market.

Astonishingly Meindl has been around for no fewer than 326 years - yes,

really, over 300 years - as a footwear company, and is still run as a

family business by two brothers. Their range really is huge and growing

every year, but many of their products are evolving along the way as

well.

Meindl Island award winner
Meindl Island award winner

One good example is the Meindl

Island, which won a gold award at the show. The boot's

been around for the last 20 years but now features reticulated foam to

increase breathability on a classic trekking boot. Price in the UK will

be £210.

Meindl Island
Meindl Island

Brand new for next year is the Kansas

GTX - below - it will retail in the UK for £146,

features 2.7mm leather and uses Meindl's own brand sole. Like other

Meindl footwear, it's made in Germany still and, for those who dislike

waterproof / breathable liners, it's also going to be available in a

non-Gore-Tex version.

Meindl Kansas GTX
Meindl Kansas GTX

Also worth looking out for is the Meindl

Nepal MFS, which the company describes as a 'proper

no-nonsense mountain boot complete with a full rand, leather uppers,

leather lining and a B1 rated sole unit for extended crampon use. Price

will be £200.

Meindl Nepal MFS
Meindl Nepal MFS

The brand's probably best known for traditional walking boots, but

around 30% of its range is now shoe based and for 2010 there's also

a  lightweight mid with more contemporary styling called the Softline Ultra.

Meindl Softie Ultra
Meindl Softie Ultra

It's quite urban looking and has a Gore-Tex lining along with toe and

heel bumpers, plus weight has been kept as low as possible. Price is £145, we

think.

All the above available early 2010. Full Meindl details at www.meindl.de or see the UK

importer Bramwell International at

www.bramwell-int.co.uk