Hiking boots and indeed all chunky-soled boots and shoes are having a fashion moment. They’ve stomped down catwalks and graced the feet of some VERY stylish women including The Duchess of Cambridge, Holly Willoughby and Jodie Comer. Not only that, Net-a-Porter reported that it has seen a huge increase in demand already this season. Perhaps it’s because we’re not able to go “out out” like we used to; we’re preferring to spend our money on footwear that will actually get used rather than sitting expectantly in the closet waiting for a night out. And these clumpy boots need not be reserved for traditional outdoor attire. They look fabulous with more than just jeans or leggings. Here though, I’m using them for what they were intended for- walking.
These are the Skandi suede ankle boot by Fitflop. As you might expect, they’re supremely comfortable courtesy of the butter-soft suede, and warm and cosy thanks to at shearling lining.
These new hiking boots are a timely replacement for my faithful walking boots which pre-date Poppy and which have climbed three-quarters of the way up Uluru. (To this day I regret not walking the last quarter). Those same walking boots walked what surely must be thousands of miles through Skipton Woods during lockdown and were on my feet when Ian proposed at the top of Malham Cove just over two years ago. My new boots have rather big shoes to fill. But I think they’ll step up.
Skandi Suede Ankle Boot: Fitflop. Current (gift). Also available in tan.
Straight-leg high-waisted button jeans, Boden, previous season.
Cable knit jumper. Next, previous season.