The German-made Stirling walking boots are designed specifically for the UK (though I’m sure they’d work in mountains overseas!). They are a smart one-piece leather almost rigid boot suitable for hillwalking in snow and for regular crampon use. Like similar boots they have a wide rand round the sole unit, a solid toe and heel, good cushioning and good grip. The fit is just wide enough for me. The sole has a slight rocker but it’s not as pronounced as on some other semi-stiff boots. An interesting feature is the X lacing system, which consists of a metal tab in the middle of the upper tongue around which the laces can be wrapped to give a number of options for ensuring there is no pressure and the tongue is secure. If the fit is right these are good winter mountain boot.