Last updated on December 6th, 2023 at 11:14 am
Cotswold started out as a specialist in golfing footwear, but today the brand captures the spirit of England’s southwest by making wellies, sandals and waterproof walking boots versatile enough for muddy festivals and hikes on idyllic hillsides.
Named after England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this brand has hill and trail hikers aplenty, plus casual shoes made ‘for every walk in life’. There are also sheepskin slippers to sink your feet into when it’s time to rest – perhaps by the fireside after a long day out on the meadows.
If you love to escape in the natural world, Cotswold shoes could help you to embrace more outdoor experiences by keeping your feet comfortable, dry and protected. This means you’ll be well-equipped for weekend strolls in quaint Cotswold-stone villages or beneath the woodland canopy.
Built for the great outdoors
Cotswold walking boots come with waterproof membranes to help keep feet dry in wet weather. They each have a memory foam insole to provide comfortable padding that adapts to your foot – perfect for when you’re hiking over rocky terrain.
The choices don’t end with walking shoes and boots– Cotswold’s sandals are also made with adventure in mind, since they’re equipped with sporty outsoles for excellent grip, even in the heat of summer.
Comfortable and strong
Quality and comfort are at the heart of the Cotswold brand, since great outdoor shoes should make light work of gentle hikes by shielding the foot from the impact of stones and the strain of soft inclines. Heel and toe reinforcement helps walking shoes in this collection respond to this need, while the padded collar goes easy on your heels.
Sandals come with double-touch fastening straps and an elasticated drawcord. This helps them to achieve the perfect balance between a roomy fit and a secure feel, even during the most energetic of pursuits.
Tough enough for cold and wet weather
The great British summer is known for its unpredictable nature, while winter calls for a different approach to footwear. Cotswold has something for every season, including an excellent range of wellies, all of which are waterproof. Choose classic tall Wellington boots or try short boots for a more casual look – they’re perfect for the garden and a must-have after heavy rainfall.
When the mornings are frosty and cold, Cotswold’s snow boots ensure you’re prepared. These nifty shoes come in various styles – there are waterproof winter boots made with a Wellington-style base with great traction, plus fleece-lined Canadian-style boots perfect for those who won’t let a sprinkling of snow get in the way of an epic hike.
Embracing adventure means you’re likely to break out a sweat – fortunately, the Cotswold brand brings in useful features to keep moisture at bay.
There are boots with breathable mesh panels and lace-level membranes that let moisture out even with great waterproofing. For the ultimate warm-weather shoe, choose a practical sandal.
A shoe for all occasions
This range isn’t all about trekking. Cotswold casual shoes put comfort first and bring in sophisticated style too – perfect if you’re looking for a suede wardrobe staple to wear while exploring village markets and taking on urban exploits.
There are also robust brogues and stylish ankle boots fit for the office, plus luxurious slippers inspired by the style of country cottages close to the Cotswold hills.
Where to wear Cotswold shoes
If getting out into the countryside is your thing, then Cotswold shoes are perfect – for woodland walks, riverside rambling and snowy hillside hikes. But they embody every aspect of the Cotswolds Area of Natural Beauty, including slippers for the great indoors and a sprinkling of festival style too.
Below are just some of the ways you could use your new Cotswold shoes:
On summer hikes
One day there’s glorious sunshine, the next there’s rain – that’s how it goes in the British summer, so you need a shoe for all eventualities. The Cotswold Women’s Wychwood Hiking Shoe has a waterproof membrane and superior grip in case things get muddy, while the Cotswold Men’s Abbeydale Mid Hiker is water-resistant and robust enough to protect your toes, yet lightweight and breathable. For a supportive and sturdy sandal, try the Cutsdean. This has a flexi sole to cushion the feet and three straps for secure walking all summer.
On your winter commute
A Cotswold boot can help you to prepare for the elements while maintaining a sense of style. The Randrick Leather Boot is smart-casual and sits high enough to keep your feet and ankles warm and dry. It’s decorated with a sleek silver buckle, and benefits from excellent grip thanks to its chunky rubber sole. The Stroud Lace Up Shoe Boot has an equally hard-wearing sole, and an ankle-high finish that looks great with trousers. Meanwhile, the Kemble snow boot is good to have if there’s a bout of heavy snowfall thanks to its thermo uppers and robust non-slip sole.
Beside a cosy fire
Cotswold slippers are perfect for snuggling up beside a traditional fireplace. Throw on your loungewear, play your favourite movie and enjoy cloudlike comfort from the Chastleton slipper, which is crafted from double-faced sheepskin for a countryside look. With the Wotton slippers, you can create a his-and-hers combination – this house shoe also comes with a stylish button and rubber grips.
At a rainy festival
All our wellies are waterproof and they come in a range of bright colours, so you don’t need to compromise on style. The Sandringham Wellington brings a touch of regal style to events, and it’s also available in purple and green. The Spot Wellington sits within the children’s collection – useful if your little ones are joining.
Shop the Cotswold footwear collection for yourself by heading to the shoezone site, where you’ll find shoes and boots for outdoor adventures and indoor retreats.