Asolo Natural Shape Creek GV
Walking Boots for Men
Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Natural Shape Creek GV
Walking Boot for Men
Colours: Cortex, Graphite, Cendre
Sizes: UK 6 - 13.5
Weight: 395 gms per boot (size 8)
Features to Note:
- Upper: water-resistant suede (1.6-1.8 mm) + polyester
- Lining: Gore Tex
- Anatomic Footbed: Natural Shape
- Midsole: Moulded Eva, Natural Shape Asoflex TPU insert
- Outsole: Asolo/Vibram dual colour rubber
- Fit: MM
- Waterproof version available
- Women's specific fit available
- Made in Romania
The Creek is from Asolo's new 'Natural Shape' range - footwear it is claimed, that is designed to offer more all-round comfort because it better reflects the natural shape of the foot. According to the brief from the manufacturer, this has resulted in a boot that is a little wider at the front than is usually the case, a sole that has been re-engineered to provide a better anatomical fit and improved support in the mid and rear of the foot including a more rounded back that follows the actual shape to the heel. Asolo have also involved Vibram (of high performance rubber sole fame) to produce a bespoke sole for the range. It is claimed that this more 'natural' shape distributes the load more evenly and is a more comfortable fit overall. Big claims then!
So having read the theory, I was keen to try out the Creek which is positioned as a light hiking boot in the range. Three things struck me immediately - firstly I liked the contemporary look, secondly that they are really quite light and thirdly this is a very flexible boot.
I was wearing my usual size and although the fit felt close, the boots were immediately very comfortable. The generously padded cuff is reasonably high cut and the sole has decent 4mms lugs.
So far I've worn them for short day walks on established footpaths, over cobble stones and on wet grass. There's a very slight 'rolling' effect when walking which I got used to quickly and the traction on wet grass was fine. On asphalt paths my feet were perfectly comfortable but I think the light weight sole and great flexibility mean that the Creek is not the best over sharp stones and generally rougher terrain.
I was wearing the GV version which is water-resistant rather than waterproof. However they kept my feet dry through some brief but heavy August rain showers. For prolonged rain and/or lots of walking through long wet grass - the fully waterproof option would be better.
Some interesting features in Asolo's Natural Range and the Creek is an attractive-looking, extremely comfortable, light weight 2-3 season boot for day walks on asphalt tracks, well defined paths, canal tow paths etc. Also a useful addition to the wardrobe for more general outdoor leisure wear.
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