“ Brand: Karrimor / Type: Hiking Shoe „
I'll be the first to admit I'm not a big fan of walking, especially where hills are involved but I decided it was time to get something sturdier than the unsupportive trainers I did have for rougher terrain. I knew I didn't want to spend a lot because it wasn't likely I'd wear them often but I've surprised myself at just how much use I've had from the Karrimor Women's Mount Low L Weathertite Hiking Shoe so far.
Priced at £26 they're really on the low end of the price scale and while I have worn them a lot, they wouldn't really be ideal for some serious hiking. I bought my Karrimor's from Amazon and a lot of the reviews had me a bit worried over which size to go for (as they seemed to suggest a smaller size) but I'm glad I did stick with my usual size 7's because although they are really quite wide (I have narrow feet as it is), a size 6 would probably have been too small length wise. With the 7s I can still comfortably wear a good pair of thick socks with them.
The colour I went for was Pewter (as pictured). Although the style is a little more hardwearing and clumpy than my regular trainers, I have worn them during the day if headed up the park with the bonus of them being waterproof. They're not ideal for a really hot day as I found recently. By the time I'd got home after a good walk in the countryside my socks were quite sweaty and I had a blister but during cooler and even cold days I'd not had any trouble with them. They're not perfectly made. There is some glue showing around toes but they have been really quite durable so far.
There's quite a lot of padding around the heel to the tongue but this is only around the top of the shoe which makes them wider around the feet. The tongue feels too padded making it a little difficult to tightly tie the shoes which is needed if you have narrower feet like I do. The laces hook easily around the top and they haven't shown any sign of wear so far. There's not a lot of bounce in the footbeds but they're still very comfortable to walk in.
The Vibram soles offer great grip but they are detailed so there are areas that mud can clog up in. They've got me up and down steep hills, across rather muddy countryside, through fields and even across a beach covered in seaweed. They weren't completely slip-proof on the seaweed but I've no doubt if I'd have been wearing regular trainers I'd have been flat on my back within seconds. After getting absolutely drenched on an incredibly wet and windy day my feet were still completely dry. There were one or two points I thought water may have been getting in as my feet felt very cool but I think this was more just the wind getting through the mesh showing they are quite breathable. My boyfriend had a pair of Karrimor's on too (not sure which style) but he was also really quite impressed his feet had been kept dry too.
I am incredibly happy with my purchase although I don't feel they really live up to their claim that the eVent "waterproof/ultra-breathable membranes" let the sweat out stopping feet from blistering. But perhaps this was just down to the fact that it really was a very hot day. They can feel a bit clumpy on my feet so I am always wary if walking along a narrow pathway but they've been ideal for the amount of walking I've done so far. The suede has gotten a bit muddy but while they were absolutely clogged up with freshly cut grass and mud after one walk, seemed to clean themselves during another good walk. There's no visible wear to the soles so far (and this is after 2-3 months) so I expect them to last a good while yet.
Karrimor Women's Mount Hiking Shoe
Personally, I love wearing attractive high heels and nice smart shoes. However, since moving to the countryside and getting an energetic yet adorable puppy I have had to trade in my high heel preferences in for a more practical option. On a regular daily basis I find myself in search of a pair of comfortable hiking trainers that keep my feet dry and happy while we do our usual treks across muddy fields. When I was shopping around for something that would fit the bill I came across these Karrimor women's mount hiking shoes. Karrimor are a brand that I have tried before and I own and love a pair of their winter boots, which I have had years of faithful service from and wouldn't be without in the snow.
From the first time that I put these on they haven't rubbed or pinched my feet in any form. I am a size six but sometimes I find that size 6's can be a little large for me. These Karrimor trainers do fit fine but they are perhaps just a tiny fraction too large, however, when worn with thicker socks they fit me perfectly. They are also quite wide fitting.
The hiking trainers were available in a range of different colours to buy, but I choose the pewter shade, a rather nice grey. Personally, I think that black is a bit boring and I already had a brown pair from another brand which I didn't particularly like, so grey was perfect for me. I also think grey looks that tiny bit smarter and really goes rather well with jeans, which is my usual walking wear.
There is quite a lot of padding in the trainer and my feet feel nicely supported when wearing these shoes. They are also ideal for rough ground because the sole is quite thick and unlike some other walking shoes I have owned, I hardly ever feel the terrain that I am walking over.
Importantly to me these shoes are pretty easy to keep clean. They have a darker rubber toe tip which usually takes the brunt of mud, but apart from that they are mostly made from suede like material. I tend to just leave any dirt to dry (at least on the material parts) and then give the shoes a good brush over and most of the time I find that they come up looking relatively presentable. My shoes look far from new but after a few months daily wear in not so nice weather they don't look near as dirty as some other pairs I have had owned in the past.
One of the main reasons that I bought these shoes was because they promised to be waterproof. Although my puddle jumping days are over with I still have to take the pup out for a walk regardless of the weather. Even thou I don't think my dog relishes going out in the garden for the toilet when it is pouring down rain the bad weather never dampens his enthusiasm for a walk. I wanted to make sure that I bought an all round, all weather pair of shoes that would see me through from winter days to summer nights.
I purchased these shoes for a bargain £20 from Amazon, but you can find them in a few different stores both online and on the high street, where they are selling anywhere from the recommended retail price of £60. Even at full price I think I would still be singing the praises of these shoes as they are a comfortable, practical but still nice looking pair of walking trainers.
I bought these shoes mainly as a comfortable pair of dog walking shoes, but I found myself wearing them more and more often as the weather up here in the north east of Scotland has barely been anything but cold and damp. Therefore, in my opinion these shoes deserve a full five out of five stars from me. They have really been a great and comfortable pair of walking shoes and I would happily recommend these to anyone looking for something similar. In fact I am considering buying myself a second pair of these but perhaps in a different colour.