This was my first ever venture into buying walking boots, I'm very much the hill walking novice but I have a big challenge coming up (I'm walking the coast of the Scottish Highlands) and so I need something to get me through the training and the walk itself. Adidas is my favourite brand so it was only natural I turned to them first, I wanted something that both looked good and did the job.
Price: £67.46 from Amazon and they arrived in three days despite saying out of stock until the following week. Its more than I probably wanted to spend but these are an investment and when you look at price of walking boots its not a lot.
First impression is that they are easy to get on, I know that sounds like not a priority but when you are wild camping and dying for a wee in the night you got to be able to get your shoes on fast enough! I was wary these would rub at the back due to my partners experience, yes we have his and hers shoes, but actually they didn't at all and it is something I have suffered with before on other shoes so I was happy.
On the advice of other reviews I purchased half a size bigger and I think this was the right move as the shoes are very snug. My heel isn't slipping out when I walk and there is space in my toes for feet swelling. I did have tightness across the front of my foot just below the laces, and my toes did start to tingle with numbness when I was sat down but I adjusted the laces and all has been well since.
I did the thing you aren't supposed to do and wore the boots straight out the box on a 10 mile hill walk with 600+m climb with featured a huge variety of terrain: gravel, rocky scramble, boggy, snow and then a steep jog back down. I can't fault the shoes here at all, they were comfy, they stayed dry, they supported my ankle, despite them being low rise, and they had excellent grip. I didn't end up with a single blister!
It was important to me that the shoes I bought looked good, I want to go from the hills to the pub by the hills effortlessly. The look of the shoes was as shown in the pictures so I was happy, you also receive a pair of black laces if you aren't a pink person. My partner has the men's all black versions but I think the two tone of black and grey with these just gives them the extra edge. The tongue is quite chunky but it doesn't overpower the look of the shoe or make them look bulky. In fact the shoes don't make your feet look big at all which often boots can do.
My only note on these shoes is that I wouldn't consider these running shoes, you could pound out a couple of impromptu miles but I wouldn't plan on a major trail run in them.
Gore-Tex Upper : A textile mesh material is used on the upper of the Adidas Kanadia 7 TR GTX for offer breathability and comfort to the top of the foot. Synthetic overlays are used on the upper to offer support and stability to the top of the shoe as well as durable protection from various terrain that could damage the foot. A Gore-Tex lining has been used in the construction of this shoe which is fully waterproof and has superb breathability, therefore allowing your feet to stay cool, comfortable and dry no matter what weather conditions you are faced with.
EVA Midsole: A lightweight EVA material in the midsole allows for long-lasting cushioning and comfort. The EVA also gives the midsole a women-specific fit and offers support and comfort where the feet need it the most to keep your feet comfortable over various terrain.
Traxion Outsole: The outsole of the Adidas Kanadia 7 TR GTX features Traxion which is a superbly engineered outsole lug design that offers the boot multi-directional grip and multi-surface traction without putting extra pressure on the foot.