You may think that as a dog walker you won’t be taking on much technical terrain, and so don’t need the kind of super-durable walking boots that regular mountain climbers favour. But think of it this way: you’re out there at least twice every day, which means that in the long term you’re clocking up as many miles as, if not more than, the average weekend hiker – which means durability is everything.
Many dog walkers fall into the trap of picking up a less expensive pair of walking shoes, with the idea that it’s cheaper to keep replacing those every 6 months than investing in a more sturdy pair of boots. But in reality, boots last far longer and are much more economical over time, especially if you care for them properly (more on that later).
All that said, there’s one exception: if you’re only walking for short distances, and waterproofness is your main concern, a pair of wellies is the footwear for you!