Our picks of the models from tried and trusted brands to help you find the best boots out in the field

If you’re in the market for the best shooting boots around then cast your eye down this list. We’ve picked out boots in various price ranges and tested and rated each pair. We’ve looked at performance, durability, waterproof qualities, warmth, comfort and grip.

Our recommendation is always to buy the best shooting boots that your budget will stretch to and do the cost-per-wear analysis. If you’re going to wear them every day for the next six months or so then that will give you a true idea of their real value to you. In any case, all the boots below should last you more than one season.

So keep going to find the best shooting boots for your needs, whether that’s going out walked-up shooting, beating or stalking up on the hills.

The best shooting boots

Brandecosse Fagiano

Brandecosse Fagiano

1. Brandecosse Fagiano RRP £259 

Top for comfort and performance

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Outer: Full grain hydrophobic leather
  • Lining:  Sympatex H2Out breathable and waterproof lining.
  • Soles: Fully replaceable Vibram® lightweight Teton Outsole with Alpine stitched welted construction
  • Weight: 1.6kg
  • Comfort: Padded leather lined collar

REASONS TO BUY

  • Completely waterproof
  • Lightweight soles can be replaced when worn

REASONS TO AVOID 

  • Leather needs caring for
  • Not the cheapest

Shooting Times contributor Richard Negus awarded the Brandecosse Fagiano boots 10 out of 10 during a hard road test. Made from mid-tan, full-rain hydrophobic leather they polish up beautifully after a tough day thanks to the complimentary boot wax supplied.

Richard adds: “These boots are so comfortable that you don’t so much wear them, they embrace you. Being leather, they will need more care than man-made materials, but you will want to look after these boots because they are quite simply magnificent. I can assure you I have bought a pair of these boots and I recommend them without reservation.”

Harkila Grove GTX shooting boots

Harkila Grove GTX shooting boots

2. Härkila Grove GTX Euro

Ideal for woodland stalking

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Outer: Polyester upper with nubuck leather reinforcements
  • Lining:  Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane
  • Soles: Woodsman
  • Weight: 681g
  • Comfort: Straight out of the box

REASONS TO BUY

    • Tough and light
  • Breathable and waterproof

REASONS TO AVOID 

  • Short up the leg
  • Internal seam could chafe on rumpled socks

Härkila’s Grove GTX boots come in at number two of our best shooting boots list. They are smart hunting boots but would also be acceptable for wearing to the pub. Tested on rough ground they withstood walking through thorny heathland without scratching and tearing. The Woodsman sole offers stability over rough ground and the boots are easy to lace. A classy if slightly quirky boot that will stand up to normal stalking wear.

Scarpa Ranger 2 GTX Activ

Scarpa Ranger 2 GTX Activ

3. Scarpa Ranger 2 GTX Activ 

Excellent for rambling and walking

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Outer: Calf leather
  • Lining:   Gore-Tex
  • Soles: Vibram Kalden
  • Weight: 1,578g
  • Comfort: Viscoflex Active fit insole

REASONS TO BUY

  • Reasonable price
  • Breathable and waterproof

REASONS TO AVOID 

  • Not designed specifically for shooting sports
  • Vibram sole rather rigid

The Scarpa Ranger 2 is a very good summer-weight boot. Scarpa is an Italian brand that has been making mountaineering boots since 1938, and the Ranger 2 has a traditional look to it.

They may not be the lightest but the memory foam insoles makes them feel as though they are bouncing over the ground. There is little to dislike about them. If the sole was slightly more flexible they would be excellent, but our reviewer still gave them eight out of 10, which is why we are putting them in at number three.

Zamberlan Hunter Pro

4. Zamberlan 1005 Hunter Pro GTX RR Gore-Tex Boots Waxed Chestnut Shooter

Stalking boots designed for extreme conditions

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Outer: Hydrobloc waxed full grain leather
  • Lining:  Gore-Tex Duratherm lining
  • Soles: Vibram Darwin
  • Weight: 2kg
  • Comfort: Full length removable insole accommodates High Country Synergy footbed

REASONS TO BUY

  • High collar allows wading through low water
  • Slightly wider fitting than other boots

REASONS TO AVOID 

  • Price
  • Best for winter conditions rather than summer

These boots are designed for hunting in mountainous terrain yet despite being high performance, feel supportive rather than rigid. Comfortable from the first time you wear them, they don’t need to be “broken in”. If you have slightly wider feet then you’ll appreciate the wider fitting. Soft padded leather stops laces digging into your foot and the bellows tongue provides a waterproof seal. The lace hooks are well finished so that trousers and undergrowth won’t catch. Stalkers will appreciate the Vibram sole which gives a sound grip over rough and slippy terrain, even when descending a slope and toes are protected from stones by a rubber bumper.

At the end of the day you can take out the foot bed to air and allow the boots to dry.

5. Chameau-Lite LCX boots

One of the lightest shooting boots available

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Outer: Full grain leather
  • Lining:  Five-layer LCX
  • Soles: ‘Deep Forest’ developed with Michelin.
  • Weight: 1250g
  • Comfort: Straight out of the box

REASONS TO BUY

  • Good for walking long distances
  • Lightweight, waterproof and breathable

REASONS TO AVOID 

  • Price
  • Quite a tight fit, try buying a size up

Le Chameau is a well-respected French brand popular with shooters. These boots are handmade in full-grain leather and guaranteed to be waterproof, breathable and lightweight. Despite being a summer option, our reviewer felt they would also be able to cope with winter weather.

The boots are comfortable right out of the box and don’t need wearing in. The sole has been designed in partnership with Michelin and is based on motocross technology, which results in an agreeable experience when striding over varied terrain. Despite walking long distances, our reviewer didn’t suffer from foot or ankle fatigue and reports that this would make a good, all-round boot.

Alpina Hunter heated boot

6. Alpina Hunter Heat Boot

Battery heated for warmth

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Outer: Nubuck leather
  • Lining:  Sympatex waterproof membrane
  • Soles: Vibram sole
  • Charge: Four hours continuous use
  • Comfort: Straight out of the box

REASONS TO BUY

  • Keep feet toasty in freezing conditions
  • Excellent grip on slippery terrain

REASONS TO AVOID 

  • Need a charging point
  • Price

Our reviewer took the boots on an eight mile walked- up shoot and reported that the boots were comfortable from the first to the last. Feet are cushioned and supported, walking is easy and the foot rolls freely.  The boots are waterproof with a solid rubber bumper, making them ideal for rough ground.

The heating element is useful when a shooter is sitting or standing and warms at the touch of the button, with three settings. Our reviewer reported that the batteries gave almost seven hours on full heat and took around an hour to charge. The components are housed in a watertight compartment with batteries easily removed when not needed, replaced with a foam filler supplied.

Beretta Country GTX Boots

7. Beretta Country GTX Boots

Good for hilly terrain or walking on gentle path

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Outer: Suede and Cordura
  • Lining:  Gore-Tex
  • Soles: Vibram Sole
  • Comfort: Fair

REASONS TO BUY

  • Extremely waterproof and breathable
  • Price

REASONS TO AVOID 

  • Splash of orange may not be to everyone’s taste
  • Design lacks refinement in some areas

Our tester described these as: “not bad boots, yet there is an uncharacteristic lack of refinement in some areas of the design”. They are lightweight, breathable and waterproof and designed in Italy. There is extra protection on the uppers.

Whilst the colours are subdued, the vibrant orange detail may jar with some stalkers. However the Vibram soles were reported to be extremely robust, yet allowed our tester to still feel the ground when walking, a trait appreciated when trying to walk stealthily through woodland.  Cleaning is simplicity itself, just blast them with a hose pipe and leave to drip dry.

Best boots for shooting

8. Seeland Hawker Low Boot

For walked-up shooting, stalking and beating

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Outer: Leather and suede
  • Lining:  Seetex membrane
  • Soles: Hawker sole system
  • Weight: 588g
  • Comfort: Cushioned collar around ankle

REASONS TO BUY

  • 100% waterproof and windproof
  • Price

REASONS TO AVOID 

  • Tongue gusset could let in deep water.

Seeland is known for putting its products through rigorous testing.  Complete with a barefoot footbed and flexible sole, your feet will be well looked after. The boots are created from a rugged leather combined with hardwearing polyester, which will hold its own in rough terrain. A shank steel distributes weight so feet can avoid injury from sharp objects. Easy to pull on and off and the cushioned ankle protection is a bonus on long treks.