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My Dad David died 10.09.13 aged 69. He had a huge love of the countryside. He loved walking and was a keen angler. I was desperate to find and own an object that summed Dad up, after an insightful conversation with a friend, I remembered his walking boots. This set me thinking... How about stepping into them and going for a walk somewhere with a body of water (sea, river, lake, canal, pond, tarn...) and stunning, just as Dad would have wanted.... Here I go in 'My Dad's Boots'

Thursday, 2 January 2014

An introduction... The Boots.

Dad had a number of sayings, one he used a lot was "You only get what you pay for" and for someone who had Scottish blood coursing through his veins this was quite a statement! The boots Dad used to wear were good 'old school' leather ones and not cheap either which he wore with his long real wool socks a la the photo below.

After 20 years wear he literally walked the soles off his old boots and after a short gap the decision eight years ago to splash out and furnish himself with a new pair was, at first, if memory serves, a challenge. "None of this colourful Gore-tex stuff with bits sewn all over them" He just wanted a good pair of brown leather walking boots like his old ones. The search began in earnest and concluded when my copy of Trail Magazine offered a solution. A Brasher Boot none the less! 


Well little did Dad know prior to buying them, and for all their classic styling they have Gore-tex in them and a long list of other technical bonuses... Best of both worlds eh?! 

Here they are with me modeling them prior to my first short outing in them.

For the unaware they are a pair of Brasher Hillmaster GTX. A very fine pair of boots that have been lovingly kept and I must keep them in the same order or Dad wouldn't be happy at all!

My only grumble, and or possible problem is that they are a good half size too big and I have narrow ladylike feet and these are men's wider fitting boots. I know in all the technical guide books and online advice they always advise a snug fitting boot where you can slip one finger down the back. I am going to risk it with a good pair of thick socks. I have also heard that it's better if your boots are a bit on the roomy side rather than too tight. If however they are ruining my feet then I shall revert back to my own pair and walk with Dad in mind, after all he wouldn't want me to cripple myself would he!



  1. Fabulous blog hunny. What a brilliant idea- a real living memory of your Dad!
    Alison T

  2. Thank you so much Alison... I love the idea that I am telling a chapter of Dad's life story, and why not he was a good man! Kx

  3. Loving the blog matey! I look forward to reading the next instalment. Your dad would be well impressed! ! Xxx

  4. Thank you so much for all your support and kind words Jenny. Kx


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