Light, breezy hikers ideal for summer and for working outside in comfort – but not waterproof enough to deal with tougher conditions.
Not as supportive as some others
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Skechers are best known for their highly comfortable sneakers. These Skechers Trego-Base Camp boots have the same level of comfort and good looks. Turning eyes is one thing, though, but can this boot walk the walk on the trails? We took a pair onto the trails to find out.
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On the trail
This casual boot has a memory foam cushioned insole that we were impressed with on test – it makes taking on long distances a breeze. The outsole features decent lugs that offer good grip on varied surfaces. The mesh-lined ankle is comfortable and breathable, and can be laced tightly for a snug fit, although it’s a tad low to offer good ankle support if you’re straying from more established paths.
• RRP: £75 (UK) / $100 (US)
• Weight (per boot): 390g /14oz
• Materials: Suede and textile upper, memory foam cushioned insole, and shock-absorbing midsole, rubber outsole
• Colors: Tan
• Compatibility: A casual hiking boot ideal for dry weather walks on established paths
The Trego isn’t waterproofed, which is the only real downside here, although we did find the suede outer water-resistant enough to allow you to stride through mud. If comfort is at the top of your shopping list, especially over long distances, or if you just want a casual boot for dry weather that will also work with jeans, this is a nice pick.
We also recommend it if you’re on your feet working outside all day and don’t want to feel weighed down – at just 390g per boot, the Tregos are pleasingly lightweight underfoot. However, those who need arch support (or just like supportive boots in general) will probably find the fit of the Trego too flat and trainer-like to suit them.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.