Saturday, 8 September 2012

These Boots Were Made For Walking (Tours) #’s 7, 8, 9 & 10

Our ongoing quest for the finest walking shoe continues with a triple decker from LW guides and an edict from the LW Mothership…

Canal King Roger…

“I've tended to go for Clarks walking shoes which have a sole over a centimetre (half an inch) thick – which means they're not bothered by small puddles.

Extremely rarely, in winter, I've dusted off a pair of hiking boots (with treads suitable for snow and ice).”

Canal Guides
Aileen, Andrew, Mike G., Peter, Richard, Roger and Sara all have many years" experience of the inland waterways and have explored them extensively by narrowboat (and, in Roger's case, canoe). They're all active members of the Inland Waterways Association, which works in partnership with us to provide the towpath walks in the London Walks programme.


Corinna weighs in with recommendations for both shoes AND medical treatment. Nothing if not thorough, the London Walks Guide…

“I swear by Hotter mail order shoes, they do half sizes, look nice and are very comfortable. Also podiatry on the NHS!”

Corinna is a treasurably barking – and ferociously intelligent – Cambridge bluestocking. She's the only well known Royal National Theatre actress who's also a psychrolute!* Most recently she starred in the hit West End play, Copenhagen. She's been known to throw in a song or two on her walks but she leaves her cello at home. Anything else? Yes, she's also a professionally qualified London Guide. *Every single morning of the year. With the ducks. In a Hampstead pond.


Karen Mount, one of LW’s Harry Potter guides chimes with Isobel’s post from Monday…

“Fitflops are brilliant for summer and they have extended into winter shoes and boots. Highly recommended.”

For more on the Harry Potter Walks click HERE.


And finally (for today, at least) Noel in the London Walks office puts in his twopenn’orth…

“I do like a nice brogue.”

And he does, it’s no lie. In fact, we know here he shops for ‘em – with our Kensington chums Hornets, that’s where. You can read their blog HERE. Look out for this shop along the route of the Kensington Walk

More shoe shenanigans next week.

For earlier posts in our boots'n'shoes series, click the following links…


A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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