I’m looking for some advice about boots. Some years ago I discovered
the Brasher Hillmaster range of boots, which have proved to be the
most comfortable walking boots I’ve had. However each pair of boots
has lasted less well than the previous pair. In fact the leather on
the first non-Goretex lined pair is in better condition than the
leather of any of the later Goretex lined ones, despite the sole
having lost most of its tread depth.
Just over 3 years ago I tried the women’s version of Brasher’s
Trailmaster range since that was supposed to be more suited to off
trail walking (Brasher no longer seem to make this). These were again
extremely comfortable, but on my Yorkshire Dales trip the ankle cuff
of one of them has almost split from the body of the boot. I consider
this poor after only about 12 or 13 weeks of actual use, since I’m not
aware of having had any “accident” that could have provoked this
So I’m looking for recommendations for a comfortable but more robust
walking boot, which can cope with off path walking (including over
bad “Galloway” ground - heather/bracken/bog/tussocky grass). The other
constraint is that I have small but wide feet - I tried on some Scarpas
but they were too narrow, and I’ve seen nice looking Zamberlans that
are also too narrow.
I don’t have long before my next SOTA trip, so I fear I may just have
to spend money on a new pair of Brasher Hillmasters, but I’d like
something more robust.