Walking. Something I don't tend to do all that often since I passed my driving test a good few years ago. But alas, when the snow starts to fall and turn in to ice, and you live in the hilly wonders of Stoke on Trent, you will find that your little car lets you down when it comes to getting out of some of these pokey little roads and awfully steep banks which riddle the city. I don't know why Stoke has so many hills, the only other place I've been to which seems to be similar in terrain is the scenic drive to Leeds. A selection of ups and down to make any gear box quiver. When I was younger, especially at school, I used to walk EVERYWHERE. It would take me around 25 minutes to walk the 2 and a half miles to school every morning and back every night, and sometimes I'd just walk for the sake of it when I had a day off. This probably accounts for my really quite bouncy and weird way of walking, but I think most Stokies walk with this spring in their step... Or maybe I'm just a bit odd.
When Go Outdoorssaid I could choose something from their website to review, I thought I'd take in to account the winter walking wonderment which will no doubt be upon us pretty quickly now Christmas has been and gone. Last year the snow and ice around here was awful, but I lived in probably the worst road ever at the time for trying to drive out of. My car was unused for around a week at one point because it just wouldn't make it up the icy bank! I've never had a pair of real, sensible walking boots before so thought that I'm of an age now to appreciate a jolly good grip and some good insulation. The boots I chose are these North Ridgeones - a waterproof walking boot with faux fur lining and a nubuck leather upper. Which are PERFECT for snowy and icy conditions. The lace up fastening means you can tie them to suit your leg and support your ankles as well as possible when trudging around or wading through the wet. There's nothing worse than cold feet, especially cold wet feet. So these bad boys are going to be awesome when the time comes to wear them! I have such a thing for fluffy details on boots lately and I was debating getting these ones from Mozimo, which I might get to compliment these walking ones, you know, for every day wear and the like, wink wink.
Do you appreciate some good old fashioned quality walking boots?
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