Many walking boots and shoes found at Mountain Warehouse are waterproof, preventing your feet from getting wet while you’re out and about. For even more protection in the rain, you may decide to wear an Ankle Gaiter, these are designed to further protect keep your feet ankles dry and protected from rain, mud or dust. They help prevent water going in at the top of your shoe/boot.
All Mountain Warehouse waterproof footwear will have a waterproof membrane with fully taped seams and all upper materials will have a DWR treatment (which means water will bead up and roll off the material instead of saturating it).
On Mountain Warehouse’s footwear boxes, you will find different colour icons. The different colours are there to help you pick the best shoe depending on what you’ll be using it for.
|Icon Colour||Ideal For:|
|Outdoor walks, day trips and dog walking.|
|Hill walks and hiking trails on light terrain.|
|Longer hikes and challenging terrains.|
|Longer hikes and expeditions in challenging or extreme environments.|
There are many factors to consider when picking your waterproof boots or shoes, such as:
When selecting footwear it is important to consider location – the most suitable footwear is dependent on the terrain and environment you plan to be walking/hiking in.
If you’re going to be walking for a longer distance on uneven ground a waterproof walking boot is recommended over a shoe. The higher cut provides ankle support and protection which is beneficial when walking on uneven ground where it can be very easy to twist your ankle. Boots also offer padding around the ankle, which some people may find more comfortable than a shoe. Covering your ankle also keeps in more warmth, making boots useful in colder temperatures.
If you are walking on more even ground then you may prefer a waterproof walking shoe. Walking shoes can give you more freedom of movement and are lighter weight than a boot which allows for extra mobility and flexibility. They will not provide the same levels of support and protection that boots can offer however for a shorter distance walk in warmer weather, walking shoes may be more suited.
Walking boots can be made with suede, leather or synthetic fabrics such as mesh and softshell.
Leather Walking Boots
|Tougher material so will cope in more abrasive areas||Heavier|
|Will protect from elements well||Often more expensive|
|Long lasting if cared for properly||Takes time to wear in|
|Easy to clean||Less breathable than mesh|
Fabric Walking Boots
|Lightweight||May need reproofing more regularly|
|Can be cheaper than leather|
|Less breaking in required|
There are generally two types of cut for a walking boot- mid and high. There is no such thing as a low cut walking boot, this would be a walking shoe.
Mid cut boots, opposed to shoes, protect your ankles and offer support, ideal for shorter day walks. Higher cut boots offer more ankle support on rougher terrains but do not allow the same flexibility as a mid-cut boot.
The waterproof ability of hiking boots depends on many factors including how often you wear them, what kind of weather you wear them in and how well you look after them. With no aftercare, waterproof shoes and boots should last a couple of years but with proper care, you can make sure they keep your feet dry for many more trips after that. Correct aftercare includes regular cleaning and reproofing, if you are an avid hiker, we’d recommend reproofing 3 or 4 times a year.
How To Clean and Reproof Waterproof Walking Boots
Over time and without proper care, leather can dry out and crack as natural oils and moisture are lost.
Dubbin can help restore waterproof properties whilst conditioning and softening the leather. Do not apply dubbin wax to suede or nubuck leather boots. Dubbin is designed for smooth leather and can ruin the ‘furry’ feel of nubuck and suede and is also likely to stain.
Reproofing Suede and Nubuck Leather Walking Boots
A nubuck and suede proofer spray designed for footwear works to restore the barrier that repels water from nubuck and suede boots.
How to reproof suede and nubuck boots:
Reproofing Fabric Boots
A Spray on Proofer will help you restore the waterproof ability of your fabric boots.
How to reproof fabric boots: