Dog owners like me know how important a good pair of dog walking boots are for those twice daily dog walks.
I’ve definitely fallen into the trap of wearing my favourite chunky boots when walking my pup and ruining them – treading those pavements every day isn’t the best for my beloved boots, not to mention the dirt, from mud to puddles.
Why do I need a pair of dog walking boots – can’t I just wear my normal pair?
You can wear your normal shoes or boots for walking your dog, of course, but seasoned dog owners know that they soon get worn out, uncomfortable or ruined when walking the dog.
Since you’re out in all weathers and terrains when walking your beloved pooch, investing in a pair of boots just for walking your dog will not only save your favourite pair, but your feet too.
A good walking boot not only scores major points on the practicality scale, but there’s plenty of stylish pairs too so you don’t have to scrimp on style for substance.
What should I look for in a dog walking boot?
A good dog walking boot should be comfortable (you’ll be walking a lot in them), waterproof (who knows with the British weather) and hard-wearing (you want them to last).
Extra grips can be a bonus too, to cover all types of terrain and if they’re warm it’s an added bonus. If not, a pair of thick walking socks should help keep your feet toasty.
What are the best dog walking boots?
We’ve searched the shops for the dog walking boots you’ll love…
Tommy Hilfiger Lace Up Walking Boots, £180, John Lewis
These super chic walking boots are designed to be worn over any terrain – the robust cotton fabric makes them hard-wearing and easy to clean, plus the flatform heel adds a stylish touch.
Blundstone Boots, £165, Seasalt Cornwall
Hardwearing and waterproof, the Blundstone boot comes up trumps for a stylish yet practical dog walking boot. They benefit from a ridged sole for extra grip in all weather, and are made from water-resistant leather.
These boots also have soft, removable insoles and shock-absorbing technology to help them as comfortable as possible.
Grenson Hiking Boots, £269, FLANNELS
The Nanette is the style crowd's go-to walking boot, loved for their comfort and durability - plus how cool are they?!
Bobbi Wellington Boots, £79.95, Merry People
If it’s a bright, sunny pair of dog walking boots you’re seeking, try Merry People’s Bobbi wellington boot. Available in 14 colours, there’s pink, yellow, lime green, purple, teal…plus classic black, brown and navy too.
Bright shades aside, the Merry People boot ticks a lot of boxes as a great dog walking boot; they’re 100% waterproof, have arch support, a durable tread design and as an added bonus, are 100% vegan too.
Quechua Hiking Boots, £29.99, Decathlon
Rated 4.5 out of five, these are technically made for snow boots but work as a great all-rounder. One reviewer said they are “so warm” and “lightweight, cosy” and the waterproof element was applauded too
Biofleece Flatform Booties, £110, FitFlop
A shopper remarked that FitFlop’s booties were “the perfect shoes to wear to the dog park” and “so comfy.” We love the 90s aesthetic with a flatform sole and technical-look, but on the practicality side, they’re waterproof, have insulated puffer materials and made with the brand’s Microwobbleboard midsole for ergonomic comfort.
Definitely a pair you can wear to the pub post-walk, too.
Borg Lace-Up Walking Boots, £45, Marks & Spencer
Featuring water-repellent Stormwear technology, M&S’ boots are designed to keep your feet as warm and dry as possible – how cosy does the borg texture look? Inside, they have anti-bacterial padding to keep your boots fresh and Insolia Flex technology for the correct foot placement. No sore feet here!
FITZ ROY Trek Boots, £190, VEJA
Look to one of Meghan Markle's go-to sneaker brands for these super chic technical hiking shoes.
Designed specifically for outdoor walks and hikes, the Fitz Roy is composed with VEJA’s newest material, Trek-Shell, a resistant, sold, watertight fabric that is fully rainproof and made of 100% recycled polyester.
Sorel Torino II Winterized Walking Boots, £150, ASOS
With their chunky sole, furry interior and oversized laces, Sorel’s boots are super cool as well as being super comfy. The moulded tread and cushioning means they won’t slip in the ice but will keep your soles happy, no matter how many dog walking miles you clock up.
Berghaus Walking Boots, £140, Go Outdoors
Princess Kate's a fan of these waterproof, breathable walking boots from Berghaus, having worn them in a video released to mark her and Prince William's 10th anniversary. If they're good enough for Kate, they're good enough for us!
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