Teva Arrowood Utility Mid

I made the new year’s resolution a couple of months back to do more hiking in 2019. Last year it was all about running, something I managed to tick off the list fairly well by managing to hit 76 races by the end of the year. But hiking, well, I did quite a bit, but nowhere near as much as I wanted to.

I don’t tend to test many hiking boots so, based on the fact I threw away my previous pair of Trespass ones away a few months back because they kept letting water soak in as soon as I got near a puddle, I was pretty keen to give another pair a go.

Teva, if you haven’t heard of them (I hadn’t), are a company that has been around since 1984. Their history comes from a story about a Grand Canyon river guide who created a sandal using a flip flop an old velcro strap to give people the confidence to get in the river. The details of that story and the flip flop in question are fairly thin on the ground (there’s a drawn picture of it here), but they still do make very nice looking velcro sandals.

That’s not all they make though, which is good for me as I haven’t worn flip flops or sandals since I was about five years old. It’s a life choice and I’m sticking with it.

What are they?

A rugged outdoor boot with waterproof-leather upper seals that are designed to be used in both the outdoors and for normal day to day use. They also have a Vibram outsole for a good level of grip when hiking.

How do they look?

I actually really like the overall design of the shoe. When I first started wearing them (when they were clean) I used them as normal shoes with jeans. The upper brown leather design is relatively subtle with the lower rubber sole making them a bit more like a sporty/lifestyle shoe. It’s basically a hiking boot made to look less like a hiking boot.

Are they any good?

I’ve been using them for a couple of months now and have had them on for everything from walks to the shops to day hikes around London. The first thing I’d say about them is that they are ridiculously comfy. As soon as you put them on they feel have a sort of snug feeling that I don’t normally expect from a hiking shoe. There’s also nice beefy tongue that sits like a pillow between the laces and the foot.

That comfort is also consistent while you wear them as the outer sole Vibram design has a nice bouncy soft quality to it that’s still there a few weeks in. In addition, the upper seems breathable from the get-go, which is probably why they seem so nice to wear straight out of the box.

To be completely honest the only downside I can find about them is the fact they’re not really designed with the kind of support needed for tougher hikes. Every pair of boots I’ve had in the past have got a fair bit of a beating when I’ve been up some of the more taxing hikes and, based on the fact they lack some of the more hard wearing functions (like toe caps and deeper sole grip), I wouldn’t want to risk them in a scenario where I need to do some sort of scrambling or hike in icy conditions.

In the rain and puddles they hold up very well with no leaking, although I haven’t tested them in tougher conditions (like accidentally stepping in a bog).

Who are they for?

Based on that I’d say their target market is for general day walkers. And by that I mean anything from strolls around the town to country walks. If you’re a hiker that’s happy to buy a couple of pairs of boots for different conditions, they’re definitely a really nice option if you want something that feels really comfortable for a less demanding walk.

How much are they?

Cheapest I can find is £110.45

Conclusion

An extremely light, very comfortable walking shoe designed for everyday wear and light walking as opposed to heavy duty hiking.

Disclaimer: We received a test product from Teva for the purposes of this review