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GORE-TEX® membrane is durably waterproof abd windproof, combined with optimised breathability. Enduring products that maximize protection and comfort for the wearer.
Short = Up to 20km

Medium = from 20 to 80 km

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Walking Boots

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An essential part of any hiker's gear, good boots provide total safety and stability. So before you head into the mountains, hiking boots should be at the top of your shopping list. Snowleader is here to help, with options to fit every foot.

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day-long hike and a multi-day trek at high altitudes. For the first type of outing, walking boots or hiking boots will do the job. But as soon as the terrain becomes steep and you start heading for the peaks, you will need a pair of real mountaineering or trekking boots. This sturdy footwear is often made from leather for optimal waterproofing, with quality ankle support to reduce risk of sprains.

How do I choose the right walking boots?

The first consideration when choosing your hiking boots is the type of practice you'll make out of your walking shoes. Each practice calls for different types of walking boots:

  • Day hiking walking boots, a light and safe footwear.
  • Approach walking shoes, to get to a climbing route for instance.
  • Long-distance walking boots, for outings over several days, often on very steep paths.
  • Mountaineering boots, for both hiking and ice running, which often require you to attach crampons to your hiking boots.
  • Trail running shoes, which are not strictly speaking hiking shoes, but which allow you to run through the mountains.
  • Hiking boots intended for water sports, such as canyoning.
  • Winter hiking boots, to leave your footprints on snowy trails and in cold weather.
  • And last but not least, sandals, which will keep your feet well ventilated.

These broad categories of walking boots can already significantly help you make your decision between all hiking boots.

Another important factor when it comes to deciding on your walking boots is the upper, i.e. the height of the boots. 

There are 3 types of uppers on walking boots:

  • The low-rise upper, corresponding to traditional skate shoes.
  • The mid-rise upper, reaching your malleoli to protect them from shocks and hold your ankle slightly.
  • The last type is the high-rise upper, which fully protects and holds the ankle. These are the ultimate and most traditional walking boots.

To fine-tune your choice and choose the pair of hiking boots best suited to your needs, it is also necessary to figure out whether or not a pair of waterproof walking boots will be of any use to you. Indeed, if you plan to walk in good weather only, it is more interesting to opt for a pair of hiking boots that are not waterproof. This will allow you to have a more breathable shoe that will be much cheaper. Snowleader has a great selection of men's and women's hiking boots made of gore tex, a waterproof membrane that guarantees to keep your feet dry. This is of great importance when planning a hike lasting several days, as weather can get quite unpredictable. In addition, if you plan to hike in snow, it is essential to use waterproof walking boots or shoes.

Other elements can be added to the list of considerations regarding your walking boots, such as quick lacing systems that ensure optimal tightening that'll last all day long.

The biggest hiking boots brands are Salomon, Meindl, La Sportiva, Lowa and Scarpa. Many brands also design walking boots with features that are unique to the brand, such as Hoka One One, a trail running shoes specialist, or Millet, faithful to its mountain origins, that offers quality shoes for mountain hiking.

Find the perfect hiking boots to fit your feet

Snowleader offers the widest selection of walking boots in Europe. We strive to work with the most beautiful outdoor brands to provide you with the finest hiking and walking boots on the market.

We've got you covered. Snowleader has laid out the technical characteristics for each model to help you find the right boots for every activity (mountain walking, trail running, mountaineering, etc.) and climatic/geographical conditions (rain, cold, heat, etc.). Get into your stride with the perfect hiking boots!

Snowleader's team remains at your disposal to help you find the best walking boots suited to your foot and your practice.

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