Hotter Trek Boots on Test

Hotter shoes and boots are well known for their comfort and quality. The Trek boots are no exception.

GORE-TEX © Product Technology is guaranteed to provide waterproofing and breathability, both important when you’re out on the hills for a long day. I was intrigued by the idea of ‘water repelling laces in leather loops’ because taking off a pair of muddy boots can often be the worst part of it and I have to say that yes, I did watch water rolling off the boots and laces! Like any item of footwear, however, if you go in over your ankles without gaiters, don’t expect miracles, you’re going to get wet feet and given that this is often accompanied by mud, it’s a question of how comfortable are you going to be from then on.

The Trek boots are very light, and even caked with what mud I could manage to get to stick, they remained light. I even ran in them in pouring rain round a very wet orienteering course, though it was a sand duney area – I would not have risked them in normal brashings and rough stuff. This was a first for me, running in boots, and they were so soft round the ankle, light and provided such good ground contact that I felt very comfortable and secure in them.

Only on a very hot day did sweaty feet become an issue and I doubt many shoes could deal with the kind of temperatures we’ve had in the last couple of weeks.

The sole is also light with a 32mm heel height, making them comfortable for walking but I’m not convinced that they would stand up to several continuous days of very rough conditions, by which I mean off road forestry brashings. I’m not even sure that Hotter expect them to do that.

When selecting your size, most purpose designed walking boots have a slightly wider fit to allow for thick socks, but I found I couldn’t wear thick socks in my normal size with these.

They are pretty good looking boots, with a choice of colours that include  ‘espresso’ ‘cherryberry’ and ‘mushroom’. The latter two colours are more suited to the High Street than the high hills and indeed they are smart and comfortable enough for the sort of walking you do when sightseeing.

These have gone right to the top of my favourite boots, so, if you want a very comfortable pair of boots for light walking, gardening, or just wearing with trousers on a cold day, and are willing to pay around £100, you could do a lot worse.  They’re available in shops or currently on offer at £99 from the website

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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