Now I have had a lifelong problem with my feet, or to be more precise with my shoes. I have a tendency to be very hard wearing on my footwear, when I was a postman, I was lucky if my boots lasted six weeks. Thus I have spent a long time trying to find a decent pair of walking boots that are not only hardwearing but comfortable and reasonably priced.
This became much more relevant about a month ago as I was planning a bit of an expedition. I currently work in a school that focuses on pupils with special educational needs. As such we are not quite as tied to the need for traditional academic achievement, so we can give our kids a wider range of opportunities, one of these is the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
My year 11s have spent the last year preparing for their DofE gateway award camp and trek, so needed to dust of my camping and trekking gear.
First trip into the loft found tent, bedding, and pack all to be okay, the box of outdoor gear from under the bed provided the necessary clothing. Then came the perilous exploration of the shoe cupboard which rapidly turned into a failed quest. My winter boots turned out to not only be far too heavy for what I needed, but the seams on one of them had totally fallen apart. Bugger it time for new boots and in a hurry.
Thankfully someone at school (a regular hill walker) suggested I have a look at Trespass for something suitable. Luckily having found a pair that seemed perfect for my needs the guys at Trespass offered them to me to review. The delivery was spot on, arriving 3 days after placing the order and straight out of the box they were the second most comfortable shoes I had (the most comfortable pair I have are a bespoke pair of French 18th century soldier’s shoes but that’s a tale for another day). No tightness or pinching and no obvious areas of rubbing, they have decent solid laces and provide excellent support.
The boots got a few days testing on the bike ride to work and general bumbling about before we set off. For the actual expedition we were blessed with dry weather and a lovely site at Rendlesham Forest. After setting up camp we had a short 5Km walk on the first afternoon and a longer 10Km trek the following morning and by the end of the expedition the boots had more than proved their worth, being fantastically comfortable without any rubbing or blisters . They were quick to slip on for that midnight toilet dash and the breathable fabrics kept my feet fresh. I cannot recommend these boots highly enough. They coped very well with a wide variety of surfaces from hard pounding on tarmac and soft woodland trails to the uneven and undulating surrounds of Orford Castle.
I will be using Trespass far more often for my trekking needs.
Pictures courtesy of https://www.flickr.com/photos/draco2008/ & Trepass