Teva Riva Peak walking boots

Teva Riva Peak walking boots

We take a look at Teva’s new three-season walking boots

Teva, the American footwear brand that is best known for its sandals, has launched a three-season hiking boot, the Teva Riva Peak.

The people at Teva know a thing or two about comfortable outdoors sandals. In fact, I’ll bet most people have a pair of Teva sandals or once owned a pair. Now the footwear brand is promising to bring flip-flop comfort to hiking boots with the Teva Riva Peak Mid eVent.

Looks-wise, the boots are as far removed from sandals and flip-flops as is possible in a shoe. They’re sturdy and robust looking and offer full leather from toe to mid ankle height. In fact, the full-grain leather upper is a full 2mm thick, and 2.2mm in strategic areas.

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Then there’s the sole, which is made by Vibram and boasts an aggressive lug pattern. And there’s a protective toe bumper, too.

This is all a step up from the previous model, the Riva Winter boot, and makes for a very sturdy boot.

Weighing in at 720g for a EU43, the Teva Riva peak isn’t the lightest, but if it’s strength, durability and grip on bumpy trails that you’re after you’ll be delighted.

This is a three-season boot so any winter walking would normally be lower level, although in most non-snowy hill and mountain conditions, you will find the Teva Riva Peaks cope well.

On test: Teva Riva Peak hiking boots

Women's Teva Riva Peak walking boots

For a robust and stiff-looking pair of walking boots, the Teva Riva Peaks feel comfortable on the foot. So this is where the “as comfortable as a pair of flip-flops” notion comes in. The heel nestles into place inside the boot and stays put. The forefoot is roomy and if you have a medium to wide foot these will suit you beautifully.

Surprisingly, the boot feels fairly flexible and at first I thought the Rivas would need some breaking in, but they have proved to be pretty comfortable. The innovative sole, boasting a PU mid-sole and a soft Teva Shoc Pad insert under the heel, help to make the boots feel good on the foot and while walking.

The ankle height doesn’t feel as “mid” as many other boots. Indeed, I found the ankle was supportive enough for most hiking situations. However, for really rugged hikes you would be better to choose a full-height ankle.

You’ll find the Teva Riva Peak Mid eVent in shops from March, priced at a very reasonable £140. There are men’s and women’s versions.  See www.teva.co.uk

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