Until Something Wild Trail Running Festival I’ll confess I knew very little about VIVOBAREFOOT – however here I was lucky enough to win a pair of their shoes, and after some deliberation, I chose the Tracker hiking boot for women.
To give you a bit of background on about me – in short I am an outdoors nut! Most commonly found running, biking or hiking around the UK and beyond, I was sure I was going to put these boots through their paces.
My first impression on receiving the Tracker was a good one – putting them on they were so comfy. For me practicality is always a priority, but a real bonus with these boots is that they also look great too. Made from real leather they have a quality feel and I could totally picture them fitting in everywhere from rocky paths to muddy festival fields.
The Tracker continued to live up to expectations coming with me on all my adventures - Lake District, Peak District, the Scottish Highlands but to name a few. The full hydrogaurd lining kept my feet dry and warm even on the longer and boggier hikes. This was something I was pleasantly surprised about, as I have had issues with a pair of leaky leather boots in the past. They also proved to be really grippy and gave me a good amount of traction on rock, mud and even snow at times, with the 45mm lugs demonstrating to be really hard wearing.
However the main selling point of the Tracker is how comfortable they are. Having done a lot of long distance running my feet and toes have taken a fair bit of hammering. But the style of VIVOBAREFOOT’s shoes means that you have a good amount of room for your big toes – something my feet absolutely loved.
In short these boots have come with me everywhere since I got them – from woods and mountains, then to the pub, they seem to have taken all I have thrown at them so far. Rugged and versatile I would certainly recommend giving them a try.