Bird Watching (UK) - - Gear - RE­VIEWED BY KATIE WILKIN­SON

Although style and ap­pear­ance may not be the pri­mary thought or the num­ber one pri­or­ity when buy­ing shoes to wear when bird­watch­ing, it’s nice to en­joy what you’re wear­ing on your feet and great if you can wear the same pair of shoes for a day out­doors watch­ing wildlife and then for a cheeky trip to the pub af­ter­wards. These shoes can be just as suc­cess­fully paired with a pair of jeans as with out­door gear, as they are more sim­i­lar in style to a fash­ion­able train­ing shoe, rather than a stocky hik­ing boot. They come in a va­ri­ety of colours, in­clud­ing sub­dued blues, greens and greys, ideal for the stealthy bird­watcher or some­one who wishes to wear a co­or­di­nated out­fit what­ever the sit­u­a­tion. The shoes are quite sleek and slim­line in com­par­i­son to other prac­ti­cal out­door footwear and suit­able for a quicker pace if you wanted. They are lace ups, so can be made wider for com­fort if needed. I found the shoes to be very com­fort­able in the field; the soles are cush­ioned and bouncy which would also pro­vide ex­tra sup­port if walk­ing down­hill and are suited to off road ter­rain. They boast a breath­able mesh lin­ing which seemed to do the job as my feet re­mained a pleas­ant tem­per­a­ture, even in my thick walk­ing socks. I couldn’t rec­om­mend these shoes for more ad­ven­tur­ous bird­watch­ers who trek through thick mud, but they do have a wa­ter­proof lin­ing, so are suit­able for pud­dles and spring show­ers while still hav­ing grip as the soles are very flex­i­ble and have de­cent sized lugs on the bot­tom. I shall def­i­nitely be wear­ing them again, now spring is here!

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