Review Jan 2013 Purchase
After owning Hunters for some time, I finally decided to make a change. The quality of Hunter boots we have bought seems to have dropped so much now that they're a "fashion" item; it's unreal. The last decent pair I had were Argylls from around 2004.
So I've tried Aigle:
- They are not cheap, but they are excellent quality.
- These have the red spongy lining, which is great in cold weather, and has stayed clean.
- Inside the heel is a little grippy rubber pad. Without this, when you lift your heel in the normal course of walking, your heel would slip upwards on the neoprene. This pad stops this, but if you are wearing short socks, it can have the effect of allowing the heel to slip upwards a little, and just pulling your sock down on your heel. That said, any "normal" sock (sports sock or longer) will be fine.
- They're very comfortable, even for longer walks.
- The 'walking boot' sole is very grippy; they feel very sturdy.
Overall, if you are wearing boots a lot, these would be a great investment. If you are on occaisional wearer, perhaps a cheaper pair would be better value. I will be avoiding Hunter until they get their manufacturing standards sorted, and the quality reviews pick up again.
UPDATE Apr 2013
Bought these in Jan 2012, now had them for over twelve months. I wear these boots at some point pretty-much every day, and they are as comfortable and sturdy as the day I first put them on. They're just an excellent product.
Through floods/snow/ice and who knows what else last winter, I woudn't have swapped these for any boots I have ever had.