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The Perfect Dog Walking Boot For Winter - the search is on!

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PacificDogwod Wed 21-Sep-16 21:41:59

I need the following boots:

- waterproof: this is Scotland. It may never stop raining again hmm
- comfortable: DHound likes to walk for miles and miles...
- warm, but not too warm: I am refusing to buy winter AND summer boots
- longlasting: I had Hunters, they have now sprung a leak over the uppers of both boots - I am NOT impressed!

I am prepared to invest, but need to be convinced that I am getting a good product for my moola.

So, Aigle? Muckboots?? Back to Hunter? Natural rubber? Neoprene? Leather??

Any recommendations much appreciated thanks

mimiasovitch Wed 21-Sep-16 21:59:40

I have the Aigle parcours short version and they are very comfy. I have a problem Achilles and these cause me no problems at all, and are great over hilly, rocky, muddy woodland. I am prone to slipping/falling/generally injuring myself and I can't rate these enough! I actually blame a pair of hunters for causing the Achilles problem in the first place.

PikachuSayBoo Wed 21-Sep-16 22:01:10

Dunlop wellies and a thick pair of socks.

Wellies are about £10 in a,atin and £10 for some decent socks.

PacificDogwod Wed 21-Sep-16 22:02:51

Excellent - 2 replies from the opposite ends of the ££££ spectrum grin

Pikachu, how long do the Dunlops last?

Much as I am very pissed off disappointed with the failed Hunters, they did last for 3+ years....

Outcomesthebunnyofdeath Wed 21-Sep-16 22:04:07

Original muck boot co. for me, but they are very warm so may not fit your "not too warm" criteria! Very sturdy and mine are into their third year with no sign of giving up yet.

Bubble2bubble Wed 21-Sep-16 22:10:11

Aigle Parcours everytime. Bought mine last Christmas and there have only been about two days in our so-called summer when I didn't wear them. I bloody love them, and since I put in some lovely orthodic insoles my life is complete grin

PacificDogwod Wed 21-Sep-16 22:14:22

Here's another questions: How neat/generous are the Aigles?
Would I order my usual size (I'm a 5, but have fairly wide feet, so sometimes find a 5.5 more comfortable or, rarely, even a 6) or are they smallish, being petite and French an'all? wink

Bubble2bubble Wed 21-Sep-16 22:18:33

They don't seem to be sized for dainty French feet. I am normally a 6/39 and my Aigle size 39 have room for my comfy insoles and walking socks

PikachuSayBoo Wed 21-Sep-16 22:20:32

My last pair of Dunlops lasted nearly 3 years. That was walking 3 miles a day over rough, wet fields every day.

squeak10 Wed 21-Sep-16 22:24:53

Dm's strong, waterproof, comfy and have good tread. Walk up to 6 dogs a day over a few hours. They are fab

mimiasovitch Wed 21-Sep-16 22:29:16

I'm a wide 6.5 and have the 40. They're equally comfy with chunky socks or on top of tights. I'm quite evangelical about them, having had so many foot and ankle issues in the last few years. My husband has muck boots which I had considered, but I'm glad I didn't as they'd be way too warm.

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Wed 21-Sep-16 22:31:13

I always have a pair of Brasher on the go.

PacificDogwod Wed 21-Sep-16 22:34:16

Thank you, all smile

Do DMs not take a while to break in? I am not sure I could hack it, never having owned a pain in my life blush

mimi, are you talking about Aigle Parlours too?

There seem to be many happy customers rating the Aigles...

Brasher, eh? I had not heard of them - off to google.. thanks, Chardonnay

mogloveseggs Wed 21-Sep-16 22:35:29

Another vote for Dunlop. Only type of wellies I've ever had.

leaveittothediva Wed 21-Sep-16 22:38:54

I have aigle Parcours, like the other posters said, they are fabulous. Use them for winter dog walks, I have welly socks with fur out over the top. Never a problem in the pouring rain. Hunters are the pits, they always leak, not worth the money.

mimiasovitch Wed 21-Sep-16 22:42:21

Yes, the parcours. I do wear docs too, but not in the woods. I end up ankle deep in mud and then in a stream, so for me its wellies all the way unless it's been very dry. I live in Wales so.....

Pasithea Wed 21-Sep-16 22:43:11

Yo love love love my dubarrys. You have to leather dress them especially when wet. But well worth it. Most comfy boots in the world. I spend whole days in mine.

PacificDogwod Wed 21-Sep-16 22:43:38

Ah, mimi, I feel your water-logged pain... grin

Flatcoatfan Wed 21-Sep-16 22:48:54

Aigles here too. I'm a size 5 and the 5 fits perfectly, room for big socks but also fine with thin socks in summer. I had hunters which lasted years when they were made in Scotland but switched to aigles when hunters went to China and the quality was dreadful. I understand they've uped their game again so might be worth another look. But I'm an aigle convert now.

5OBalesofHay Wed 21-Sep-16 22:58:23

I have Le Chameau boots, for all but winter and muckboots for winter. Have had both nearly 10 years and they are both still perfectly waterproof

Bubble2bubble Thu 22-Sep-16 08:31:05

I gave up on walking boots because they were permanently sitting drying on the hall. I am up to my ankles in mud and through rivers most days. My Aigles get a quick rince with the hose and they're good to go. Never expected them to be so comfy, but I am a true convert .

LilCamper Thu 22-Sep-16 08:37:51

Muck boots here.

Eastpoint Thu 22-Sep-16 08:42:39

Dubarry's for me. They are more expensive than other brands but last well (I walk with a friend & over 3 years we spend the same but I only go shopping once).

Glittershoes22 Thu 22-Sep-16 08:47:01

I'm another for aigle paracours just about to retire my first pair after 4 years of near daily use! Hunters lasted me 6 months max definite style over substance!! In fact off to order my new pair now!

OCSockOrphanage Thu 22-Sep-16 09:41:55

Watching with interest as I think I spotted some perishing on my 5-y-old Le Chameau boots, which are otherwise very comfortable. I've been eyeing up the Aigle boots for dog-walking if I do need to replace.

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