* Prices may differ from that shown
For my recent camping trip to the Lake District it was time to hunt out my walking shoes. Now I bought these a while ago but I never did get as much use out of them as I expected. After wearing them for the whole weekend and actually enjoying my outdoor camping experience I have definitely decided that I am going to spend some more time walking at the weekends so hopefully I should get a lot more wear out of them in the future.
~~~~~ Karrimor Peak Walking Shoes ~~~~~
My walking shoes are made by Karrimor who let's be honest aren't exactly the best known outdoor clothing company. It won't surprise anyone to know that they are a bit of a budget company providing a range of outdoor clothing and equipment for those people who are either on a budget or else looking for a bit of a bargain.
Just because the shoes are made by a less well known manufacturer doesn't detract from the fact that they are actually a pretty decent pair of walking shoes.
The shoes aren't really designed for particularly tough or rigorous terrain and are more aimed at the casual walker who is looking for a pair of walking shoes for gentle walks and climbs up some low peaks. As long as you keep this in mind before you buy them then I think that you will be pleased with your purchase.
The materials that are used in the construction of the shoes is really tough and robust to keep your feet comfortable over rough terrain. The soles aren't particularly thick but they do a great job of protecting the soles of your feet from foreign objects such as stones and ruts in the path. The rubber sole is also really good at helping to prevent you from slipping and sliding too much when the path is wet and slippery thanks to the grips that they have. They also have toe and heel bumpers which do offer some protection for these more delicate areas of the feet. They aren't going to do a thing to protect you if you drop anything heavy on your toes but they should stop you from hurting them if you happen to stub your toe on a rock or trip up.
Because they are shoes and not boots they are don't give your ankles all that much support so be careful with wearing these on rocky terrain where you might trip and twist your ankle.
They are incredibly comfortable to wear and really do offer a cushioning effect to your feet while feeling lightweight and easy to walk in. Comfort wise walking in these is really no different to walking in a comfortable pair of trainers except these are going to be much better for your feet when walking long distances. I can honestly say that they have never given me blisters or skinned my heels while wearing them. The mesh on the sides of the shoes also really helps with keeping the feet cool and stopping them from sweating and swelling up. They are tied with laces so you can adjust the tightness of them to suit yourself but for some reason no matter how tightly I tie them the laces always come loose after an hour or so and I am forever having to retie them.
One thing which they aren't that I would have liked is waterproof. They do give a little bit of protection from wetness underfoot but nowhere near enough especially if the grass is long and wet which I found out to my dismay when the wetness seeped through and soaked my socks. If you are planning on doing any walking in wet areas then these probably aren't the walking shoes for you.
Although they aren't serious walker's shoes they do look the part especially if you buy them in the green like mine instead of the black as I just think they look a bit more outdoorsy. I wasn't embarrassed to be seen in them and you would have to know an awful lot about walker's equipment to know that they weren't serious walker's shoes. Up close you can tell but from a distance you can mingle with all the other walkers and look like you know what you are doing without them giving you looks of sheer contempt for having the wrong gear.
One other thing other than walking that these shoes are fantastic for is walking on ice and snow. They are so much better than normal shoes for stopping you slipping on the ice and breaking your leg. I wore them a few times last winter and the difference between these and my normal shoes on the ice was incredible.
~~~~~ Price and Availability ~~~~~
These Karrimor Peak Walking Shoes are quite widely available both online and in stores. Prices vary wildly but they seem to average about £19.99 which is exactly what I paid for them. I have seen some shops trying to sell them as more expensive so be careful to only pay the going rate and not over it.
~~~~~ Recommendation ~~~~~
I would highly recommend these walking shoes to anyone who is new to walking or who else is just looking for a pair of good quality cheap walking shoes for leisurely walks at the weekend. They are extremely comfortable and really durable. Taking care of them is simply a case of brushing off dry mud and with proper care they should last you a long time with no problems. Any problems with them shouldn't be in the construction as mine as really well made and there are absolutely no issues with the workmanship or any of the stitching.
When I bought them originally I expected that I was going to take up walking on a regular basis but that never really worked out for me. I am still glad that I have them though as I know that I have a decent pair of walking shoes in the cupboard that I can use for all manner of outdoor activities. I also think that they are quite a versatile shoe as they can be used for not only their primary function but because they are lightweight and not too bulky they can just be used as a pair of trainers for walking about town in and no one would bat an eyelid. I also think that for £20 they are amazing value for money and well worth the purchase price.
I have had a lot of trouble with my feet since buying these.My first trip up Scar Fell in them left me in a lot of pain on the heel of left foot.It has taken a long time to start to recover as I wasn't sure if it was the shoes causing it. Every time I wear them the problem returns They are now in the bin!!You get what you pay for
I am a keen walker and go out as often as I can - especially at weekends. Most of the time I wear my hard wearing walking boots, but sometimes when I am looking for a more gentle walk on less testing terrain I wear my Karrimor Peak walking shoes. Although I get a lot of comfort from wearing my walking boots, the Karrimor walking shoes are much better for shorter walks as I don't need to put thick socks on and they are much lighter. If you are looking for footwear for walking then I wouldn't say this product will meet all your walking needs, but as a casual pair of walking shoes they are great.
The shoes are made from a synthetic leather, with a mesh upper to allow your feet to breathe. The shoes provide me with a pleasant and comfortable experience, but I still could not commit to saying they are as durable as my proper walking boots. This product is simply not made for the kind of terrains I experience regularly, and I would look elsewhere for the complete package. However, the Karrimor Peak walking shoes do have a tough rubber outer sole and they are upto the job if you cover a lot of miles on your feet. The thick padding on the tongue of the shoes and around the back rim of the foot offer both support and comfort to your ankle, although these are no walking boots clearly!
I think that the shoes certainly look the part, and I have never had problems with their quality or comfort issues. My issue mainly stems from the fact they are shoes and not boots, and as they offer no support to your ankles they shouldn't be seen as a replacement for your walking boots. Priced around the £20 mark they are certainly reasonably priced, and they are ideal for the use I own them as - for a second pair of walking footwear on easy terrain and shorter walks.
I'd never bought anything from Karrimor before, and only really ended up buying these shoes because I wanted cheap walking shoes for general use therefore I was looking for a comfortable replacement for my previous cheap Regatta ones. My previous ones lasted a good year and given I used them to do everything, be it walking, play football, or just round the house. Bare in mind I was living in North Wales at the time which can also get very wet and muddy!
My pair cost me £15 from Sports World (now known as Sport Direct I think) as I always like a bargain and I tend to go there for cheap shoes. They're decent enough shoes, I've had them quite a while now but already they are getting quite shabby and could do with replacing. A lace loop has come apart and parts of plastic intended for grip along the bottom are coming off and it's wearing down quite quickly. Both felts above the soles from inside have come apart too. I didn't expect all this to happen so soon. This is about the 4th pair of walking shoes I've owned in about 4 years and these are the worst of the four.
On the other hand, at £15 they were very cheap for the type of shoe that they are, and are very comfortable, even without the felt inside! I will continue to wear them until they fall apart really, I make sure I give them a good life before I throw them away! Being a student helps too, I don't want to have to buy another pair of shoes just yet! Once they mould around your feet they are perhaps one of the best fits you'll experience to be fair, it's just such a shame they're falling apart so quickly.
Then again, I'm from the country, I probably abuse these shoes too much. I climb trees, I play football, I get them wet, I go out in them, I sure do thoroughly test them! The thing is I did all these with my old pairs of shoes as well. I live in an urban environment now and although I do everything in them I really can't see them lasting much longer back home.
The best thing about the shoes is that they're cheap and relatively comfortable. On the other hand they are falling to pieces and aren't going to last much longer. I'd recommend them for anyone who's from an urban area and who'd only wear them out when walking, but for everything else, I recommend buying other footwear. At the end of the day though, they are called walking shoes, but I prefer to have one pair and this type of shoe is what I prefer!
I moved to North Yorkshire about a year ago and decided to take advantage of living on the doorstep of the Dales and get out and do some walking / running. Already a keen road runner I thought I would venture into the hills on the weekends in order to mix my training program up a bit. The only issue was that my road running trainers just weren't going to cut it on the rough terrain that the Dales had to offer. I looked around in numerous sport shops for fell running shoes; however I wasn't prepared to pay £100 for a pair. That's when I stumbled across the Karrimor Peak Walking shoes.
Although officially advertised as a walking shoe, they fitted all the prerequisites I was looking for. The first thing was the grip. These shoes provide excellent traction in both wet and dry conditions, on both mud and rock. The second thing I was after was lightness. These shoes are particularly light weight compared to other walking shoes on the market, making them ideal for both runners and walkers alike. The most important thing however is the comfort factor. After trying the shoes on in the shop I bought a pair of size 11's (my normal shoe size) however after a couple of runs I could feel pressure on my big toes. I ended up going back and buying a pair of size 12's which are much better. With this in mind I would definitely recommend buying a size up than your normal shoe size. I also normally suffer quite badly from blisters when I do long runs / walks, however as yet (touch wood) this hasn't been an issue with these shoes.
Something I personally wasn't too concerned with was how waterproof the shoes were. I figured if I was going in the hills then I would be getting wet feet whatever shoes I wore. Indeed, if you are walking in boggy, long grass etc. then your feet will get wet; however on shorter, damp grass you should stay quite dry.
These shoes are ideal for path walking over hills or taking afternoon walks through forests, however if you intend on going off the beaten track and are bothered about getting your feet wet then I would recommend some sort of boot as opposed to shoe.
For me, these shoes are fantastic value for £25 and well worth the purchase. In the coming weeks I'm taking part in a charity event to walk 184 miles in 3 days, I'll be wearing these shoes when I do it. I can't offer up any stronger recommend than that.
Karrimor Peak Mens Walking Shoes
These shoes are perfect for when going for a big walk outdoor since they are though comfortable and especially cheap. These shoes should give you good support for when you go walking through the forest and even when it's cold. These shoes should manage against a lot of different conditions to make them good walking shoes.
You can't call these shoes trainers because there are simply not. These shoes are a lot tougher and thicker and are not made for running. These shoes are designed to handle almost every situation and most important provide you comfort when you are going walking for hours. I like to go walking and especially on a Sunday we like to go to a forest nearby and we walk for a good few hours. My normal shoes are just not right for this and don't give me any good support and my foot start to hurt after an hour of walking.
Since we walk almost every Sunday and only when it's nice weather so not that often I didn't want to spend too much money on them. When I saw these for 20 pounds I was sold and I thought I couldn't really go wrong with it. Well I have been wearing on for quite some time and I'm still loving them! Mostly because they are really comfortable and I can walk for hours without having sore feet.
I think one of the best thing about this shoe is that it's waterproof and especially with last winter with the snow, my feet didn't get wet at all! They stayed dry and you can walk through puddles and you won't notice anything. Really good! The outside of the shoe is very firm and the sole is made of rubber and while walking you have a good grip. I have tried them through different conditions and still no rips or anything.
For 20 pounds I think these shoes are a really good deal!
This is a really good shoe for those winter and spring months in the snow and grit. Bought these last winter and they have really come in handy as a technical shoe.
Karrimor are a good franchise in the outdoor gear world I have many items of theirs. Unusually Karrimor are a british make and their gear are of good quality and surprisingly cheap. These 'peak' shoes are part of the bigger 'peak' range that Karrimor offer, ranging from light walking shoes like this to full blown mountain trail shoes suitable for light climbing and scrambling. Sizes range from 6 to 13 as you would expect. I dont use them on the trail I use them for the commute in the snow, but they handle it no problem.
The material quality:-
As you would expect from an outdoor company, these shoes are tough, this is why they are termed as a technical shoe and not trainers. They are durable and hard wearig, most importantly they are comfortable. These shoes expect to be taken through all the elements in the freezing mud, and I noticed that they could take anything that this winter threw at them. They are no rips, no tears, no peeling off of the ruber or losenning of the seams, even though you can see that some are glued together and not sewn. So you might expect that in time this may come apart....but what more do you want for a score ! Because these shoes are tough, they are hard wearing and so they do require some wearing in before they start to feel comfortable, but a good long trail and thick socks will ensure your feet fit snugly as mine do. The laces are a little annoying, bit too big and they are covered in a plasticy sheen that means that they come undone too easily and you have to keep re-tying. The tread is very good, durable hard rubber that envelopes the front of the shoe and take the worst of the stone kicking and puddle splashing, totally waterproof as youd expect. The tread is a cortex construction that means that you can change direction without fearing that you will slip. The entire shoe is waterproof and secure, the inner padding is comfortable and hard wearing. There is also a pull toggle on the tongue so this makes it easier to get them on. A majority of the shoe is a synthetic leather and close mesh combination, with a large rubber upper sole and kick pointer. The shoe is mostly lightweight but again I have seen and felt lighter
This shoe is what could be described as a mid-range product, and as such you will see it retails (wierdly) from around £20 up o £40, but in truth if you paid £40 for this shoe, then im sorry to tell you that you were robbed. Sports Direct sell this product for £20 and they are always a good benchmark.
Unfortunately and this is typical of Karrimor, the range of colours of very limited, the shoes only come in Black and brown based, with a mix of the two colours, I suppose you dont want eluminous yellow, but they could have spruced them up a bit. Berghaus do a good technical shoe that use yellow and orang and although they look a bit loud at first after a while the colour would fade, most climbers/ trailers/ walkers dont mind having dirt and mud on their shoes, in fact it shows how hard they have worked, so they like it, if that was karrimors intention of elping to hide it.
My only complaint is that since buying these I have seen tech shoes that I think look less like something my dad would wear, but they were more expensive and lets face it, on the bigger picture I dont realy care that much what they lok like, just that my feet are kept warm and snuggly on those freezing icey days we get in the UK more and more.
There is a thing called the shoe/wear ratio that guys no all about and use to calculate how long a training shoe will last to the week by the price you pay. If you hand over a tenner in one of those cheap shoe places like 'Shu Value' for the perfunctory pair off the £9.99 rack then you don't expect them to last no longer than six months, a painful blister almost immediate at the top of your Achilles tendon as you break them in. And when I mean to the last I mean taking it to the limit, your bare heel already to touch the pavement when you finally concede they are shot. If you want your sneakers to be durable then you spend £60, 6 x 6 months minimum guaranteed. Women who suffer wearing heels go through the same pain so it's only fair the boys do at some point. If you see a bloke hobbling and hopping down the street then he has definitely purchased his footwear from Deichmanns!
I do buy these ultra cheap trainers although they tend to be bridging footwear, the crud you buy so you can get better value in the sales and so something cheap to wear until then. I have tried to pick up trainers in charity shops instead of the filler shoes of late as the money goes to a good cause and the ones hear do tend to last longer than the temporary trainer, if you can find a nine. A couple of years ago I picked up a nice pair of Caterpillars for £2 at Oxfam and they lasted all through the last two tough winters, that added satisfaction of at least three African boys getting their polio shot putting a bounce in my step!
Top of the range trainers, and running shoes, unless specialist, mean you are spending big mostly on the right to wear the brand, the gullible easily suckered by logos. Most of these trainers made in the same sweatshops in Taiwan and Malaysia as Deichmanns bunion machines and not Italian backstreets! But we are obsessed with brands and so the consideration of child and third world labour doesn't come into the equation when we pick our footwear. I personally hate buying branded goods, especially sportswear, as I have been to those countries where they are made, the huge profit margins on a pair of Nikes all rather vulgar and certain not going to the workers.
Between the expensive brands and cheap toe squeezers come the strategic sale stock, this review finally getting to its actual product review, clothing and footwear that is made to look more expensive than it is by devious packaging and pricing in those third world factories, a cynical operation indeed, Karrimoor trainers a prime example. £59.99, for example, is printed on the box of my new trainers as the RRP, and then a reduced price stuck straight over the top on that sticker, but in the same third world factory, the price dropping 40% between the production line and the loading bay. These are not sale stock but mid range trainers dressed as more expensive ones. It's a naughty practice but legal and very widely used. People see the £59.99 and immediately think expensive shoes... Karrimoor brands in many department and specialist sports shops priced this way. We whip out our wallets when we see the sale price, £21, 99 for me, an apparent 60% saving, yours truely going for it even though I'm aware of the retail trickery.
The trainers (described as walking boots, presumably as they are army colours) are good, not pinching or rubbing yet. They are also malleable, available in military half sizes, mine being 9.5's (I still can't find the half fraction symbol on Microsoft Word!) and so another good selling point. The thing with that is slightly bigger sizes are less likely to sweat your socks up if any water gets in and decrease internal wear etc so a money saver, and less likely to chaff the arch of your foot.
Cost wise, as all guys know, economies of scale tend not to apply to men's shoe size and the most common size, the standard 9, is the most expensive to buy, even though that's the most made mans shoe size on the planet and so should be the cheapest. Saying that I never did understand supply and demand. I suspect the 12-year-old girls in Indonesia don't either when it comes to their pay-packet.
Had them for about three months and so far they are going well in another tough winter, snow, ice and rain no problem. It's also dealing with the corrosive salt that is dumped on the roads, sulphuric acid for those cheap and nasty trainers. No sign of any plastic compound or leather peeling off any wear visibly yet, or excessive wear on the sole that may cause water getting in. Once those dirt cheap ones do hole they are like breeched hulls on ships, nothing on the inside to contain that breech and so soggy toe's and blisters all the way home, why you need to spend to keep your feet warm and snug.
Sock 'wearage' tells the story of your training shoes quality. If the moisture gets in then your socks will rot, especially if you buy your socks from the same places as the leaking shoes, big holes appearing like that kinky underwear. I bought ten pairs for a fiver (the socks, not the underwear) off the market and they were all holed on around the second wash. A looser shoe, however expensive, will rub badly against the sock and also cause wear very quickly. So far my socks and trainers are making sweet love and no unwanted friction. The 9.5 size seems to agree with me.
Why are laces so long! I have enough left over after tying the knot with these to knit Cher some string stockings. They come undone too easily and that means dragage, a lace on the loose and home to seaweed and barnacles like a stray guide rope, ready to trip you up, or for some kindly old lady to remind you your lace is undone. This causes fraying, meaning you can't sew the thing back through the loops when they come out.
Older ones here will remember the old compass hidden in the secret panel on the heel you used to get with Clarks shoes, the coded tread shaped for tracking your mates in the snow also fun, although haven help you if you scuffed your new shoes and mom found out. But I'm a big boy now and these are big boy's shoes, although the pictures of the mountains on the box and the claim they are proper walking shoes won't have me tackling Snowdon just yet.
After a three month deliberation the jury have delivered their verdict and happy with the product, the shoes comfortable, waterproof and not worn. They have passed the Shu Value deadline for catastrophic breakdown and I may be tempted to get another pair if they are still at the pre-Christmas sale price. If you guys are in the market for something in between that will last at least a year then Karrimor walking shoes maybe the solution.