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Gear test with Country Walking

Looking for the best ladies’ walking shoes?

Country Walking recently invited us to put our RESPOND LADY GTX SHOES to the test with them and we’re thrilled to say they categorised this best-selling style as:

  • 4* on comfort
  • 4* on performance
  • 4* on versatility
  • 4* on value for money

The magazine’s gear testers lined us up against other brands, and confirmed that our Respond Lady GTX walking shoes are best for ‘low-level walks in varying conditions’.  And gave us a special note for being ‘great in the rain!’.

Scroll down for the review highlights.


“This shoe from one of the big guns of hiking footwear is that rare thing – the perfect compromise. It’s not too heavy and not too light, not too rugged and not too flimsy, and neither too warm nor too ventilated.

“These feel comfortable from the off, like a well-loved pair of shoes I’ve already worn for miles, which is unusual in itself.

“I find these are ideal for the middle ground of hiking, accommodating rough and stony paths with ease – thanks to the grippy outsole – and giving enough support for walking with a day-pack. 

“But I’ll also grab them for walking with the dog, a canal towpath stroll to the pub, or even a short bike ride.”

Respond Lady GTX at a glance

As one of Meindl’s best-selling walking shoes in the UK, the Respond Lady GTX is an excellent all-rounder. The walking shoe features a combination of velour and mesh uppers making it a lighter-weight option for everyday wear or lower-level walking. They have been developed with a GORE-TEX lining for breathability and waterproofing, while the Meindl Contragrip sole (developed with Salomon) gives excellent traction on mixed terrain. 

* Velour leather and mesh uppers
* GORE-TEX lining
* Air-Active footbed
* Contagrip Trail sole
* Cupped heel stabiliser and toe protector
* Waterproof protection

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