You could do a lot better. For all the hype, Timberland is not the sort of stuff that most experienced and serious walkers would consider buying.
As with some other brands the large fan club, especially of younger people who don't actually do any serious outdoor stuff but like to look rugged, gives a false impression of their real worth.
However, if the boots are for a one-off hiking holiday for a couple of weeks, they will at least last that long and may be OK for you.
Stoutly-built trainers or trainer-style boots, are very comfortable. I use a low-cut pair for mountain running where flexibility is important. Millets and Cotswold Outdoor have a number of styles at reasonable cost, similar to these from Brasher, but cheaper. . . http://www.brasher.co.uk/catalogue/products/levanto-xcr-levaxcrwo
For proper walking boots, the Brasher boots, a firm started by Chris Brasher, who is highly respected by the sporting community world-wide, are the best of the reasonably ( ! ) priced British boots on the market, but there are other good brands from Austrian, German, and Italian manufacturers which may suit you better if you are willing to spend the cash.
All firms have their design foibles and priorities, and no single boot can do everything. Stiffness for climbing and flexibility for walking cannot both be ideally catered for in one pair of boots, nor the cold insulation or aeration which may be required for maximum comfort.
Try several, and decide whether more cash would be wisely spent or not. Some boots are very desirable but totally unaffordable possessions for some.....the top range Meindl or Scarpa boots, legendary names for walkers and climbers for many years, cost more than £200, with mid-range at £150 and the cheaper ranges at £100.
Nice, but you would need to walk a long time or achieve a notable climb to justify the cost of the best available.
Summer boots . ..http://www.braemarmountainsports.com/categories.php?cat=53
Winter boots. . ..http://www.braemarmountainsports.com/categories.php?cat=139
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In Britain the Brasher Hillmaster is the classic boot, equal for quality with same-price Meindl's, and a big seller. It's introduction was a delight.
At last...a good British boot that could rival those of the Germans, Austrians, and Italians without costing a fortune. The walking and climbing magazines sent their staff out testing them, and wrote glowing reviews of the new and great British boot.
We had been a long time without one.
Wear the same socks as if for walking when you try the boots on. The 'profressional' arrangement is to wear light cotton socks with strong woollen socks over them which are turned over the boot to keep out small stones and grit, as the seated lady here wears them. .
Get the boots well worn in before you go away on your trip. I've worn new walking boots to work before to get the wearing time done,but of course most ladies could not use that particular ploy, and you will need to get out walking in them at weekends and in the evenings to get them more supple and shaped to your own feet.
Various waterproofers are available for trainer-style boots in spray cans or as a solution which you paint on with a brush. A half-inch paint brush does the job fine.
Dubbin is the usual protector and waterproofer to use for leather boots, not shoe polish. A real good soak with loads of dubbin smeared over them and left in a warm place for a few days to soften it so it soaks in, and a wipe off with a cloth which then becomes your 'putter-onner' will give them a good start in life and you will reap the benefit of it for years to come.
You can walk through a couple of inches of water and the boot will stay dry inside.
Keeping your feet dry is one of the big concerns with hiking.
A good start with the Dubbin is an enormous help and conserves the boots as well. They will last years longer if treated well at the start.
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A big selection of ladies walking boots on here, useful for comparing styles and prices . .
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And walking socks here . . .
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