Walkies! Cold weather walking gear to pick up now
Gyms are closed (as is practically everything else), so we're getting our exercise fix with some long winter walks. Here's all the gear you'll need to stretch those legs this season.
Take a hike
If you’re a serious walker then you’ll need some hardcore footwear, but for the rest of us, these lace-up leather hiking boots from M&S toe the line (geddit?) between fashion and function. They’re waterproof, have a good grippy rubber sole and won’t chafe like wellies – bargain.
Sock it to me
Ditch the fluffy bed socks (they may be cosy but they’ll only roll down inside your shoes and make you walk funny) and pick up a set of boot socks for your government-mandated stroll instead. This set from Hunter have a reinforced heel and toe and are designed for shorter boots.
Pick up a Puffa
Suffice to say, 2020 has been the year of the ‘practical’ fashion trend, and there’s none we’re happier to see than the return of the puffa coat. Half jacket, half duvet, all comfort. We love this hooded number from Uniqlo’s Seamless Down range, plus it comes in four sensibly neutral shades.
If you’re striking out across the open fields, you’re going to need to stay hydrated – at least until you reach the next takeaway coffee spot. This Airam Mini Flask from sleek Oxford boutique Objects of Use is just the right size for packing a hot or cold drink without being unwieldy. And if some Bailey’s happens to sneak its way into that hot chocolate, who are we to judge?
Keep it tight
So much more than your average set of leggings, these Dolma Tights from clever outdoor brand Sherpa are double-layered to make them wind and water repellent, and have a soft lining and wide waistband for maximum warmth and comfort. Not only that, but for every product purchased Sherpa makes a donation to keep fund a child’s education in Nepal, so you can feel warm and fuzzy in more ways than one.
Ok, this is technically a ski base layer, but we reckon this neon and animal print top from Sweaty Betty is stylish enough to wear out and about. Its sweat-wicking and quick drying properties make it perfect for outdoor workouts (even if that’s just a speedy stride down your local country lane).
You’ll need something warm to pop on over those headphones, and this 100% recycled cashmere hat from British brand Thread Tales based in neighbouring Oxfordshire fits the bill nicely. It’s lightweight enough to avoid the dread hat hair, but cosy enough to keep your ears from turning blue – plus it looks stylish to boot.
Walk it off
If you’ve been more couch potato than gym bunny this year (*ahem*), then you might need a helping hand after those longer, butt-busting walks. Enter this soothing set from Cornish brand B Skincare to help speed your recovery.