We take a look at Tevaâ€™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, Iâ€™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.
Then thereâ€™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 isnâ€™t the lightest, but if itâ€™s strength, durability and grip on bumpy trails that youâ€™re after youâ€™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
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 doesnâ€™t feel as â€œmidâ€ 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.
Youâ€™ll find the Teva Riva Peak Mid eVent in shops from March, priced at a very reasonable Â£140. There are men’s and womenâ€™s versions. Â See www.teva.co.uk