After a couple of years of using my boyfriend's feet as stepping stones across streams, and on occasion giving in and letting him carry me, he informed me in not uncertain terms that he was getting me waterproof boots. I conceded - although I hate shoe shopping as I have awkward feet, and we headed off to Cotswold Outdoors in Reading.
After the best part of an hour with me tromping up and down steps and trying on pretty much everything they had in stock, I settled on these Meindl boots in a size 6. They are a fantastic, light weight pair of footwear, providing support and a sturdy sole for the uneven trails we tend to follow, without resorting to a full-on walking boot. Waterproof and beathable, when combined with my trusty Bridgedale socks they are perfect for both easy walking and the slightly harder terrains we tackle. With wide feet, these boots give the right amount of support, and have a good width for all the foot, avoiding blisters on heels as well. In addition to this, they have the height at the toe area and across the top of the foot to avoid your toes getting smushed on steeper inclines.
We have tested them rigorously (a walking holiday in Iceland, and various parts of the Lake District - both places not reknowned for their dryness!) and my feet have stayed warm, cosy and dry. A definite plus!
Overall, I would say these boots are one of the best bits of walking gear I possess, and are well worth their asking price.