Robust, durable, classic Leather walking boots

Leather Walking Boots

When your old shoes are worn out you should look for a new pair of walking boots. There are fundamental differences between walking boots made of leather and boots made of modern synthetic fibres or models with a combination of both as upper material.
Leather is not the mostly used traditional shoe material without a reason. Leather boots have considerable advantages in comparison with synthetic fibre models. Traditional ankle height walking boots or lightweight low shoes, trekking boots or crampon-compatible mountaineering boots - still use leather as the best material!
With a few tips and the right type of care they can still compete with their modern contemporaries and will be your companions for years.

Advantages of leather shoes

  • Leather is a robust and naturally breathable material which is why leather walking boots are highly comfortable to wear and provide a great foot climate even when it's hot outside.
  • Classic walking boots are made of strong full leather and they have stable lasts. Therefore, leather shoes can be resoled again and again.
  • A dry treatment will ensure that the shoes have water-repellent properties. With the right type of care it becomes waterproof without losing its breathability.
  • Leather walking boots are comfortable to wear. Very important: Before your first hike you have to wear them in. The leather material will become softer and the shoes will adapt to your feet. After a couple of tours they will fit comfortably throughout the entire day and they get an authentic patina due to the usage.

Different types of leather

The most frequent types of leather for high-end walking boots are nubuck and suede. Both can be protected from becoming worn out and wet by applying the right type of treatment and care.

Leather shoes with a waterproof membrane

If you want to play it really safe during your hike, you should go for a leather shoe with an additional membrane on the inside. The microscopically small pores prevent water from penetrating, while they allow sweat to escape as water vapour. The most renowned company of waterproof membranes as well as functional wear is Gore-Tex!
Well-known brand manufacturers like Hanwag, Lowa and Salomon offer plenty of hiking and walking boots in the versatile material leather. You will definitely find the right shoe to suit your taste and requirement!

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