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Lugz Mallard Hiking Boots Review

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Lugz Mallard Hiking Boots Review

One thing I’ve missed since having kids was hiking. Not a stroll through the park, but real hiking. Now when my oldest was a baby I could throw him in a pack and head out. Now with three very independent young children hikes are much tamer. I was blessed that my feet never changed sizes after two pregnancies. Alas, the third did me in and my trusty old boots would no longer fit. That is where the awesome Lugz Mallard Hiking Boots come in! I’m going to be getting a lot more hiking time in now!

Look at the treads on these beauties!

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The Make

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When Lugz hit the market back in 1993, they were known for their boots. These days they have any type you can imagine! As hiking is in my blood, I chose the Mallard Hiking Boot. I picked this beautiful Black/ Asphalt/ Fluorite/ White color as the teal-ish color matches most of my outdoor and athletic gear.  The Permahide upper is fully water resistant, or in my case currently, snow-resistant. These have their Flexstride molded memory foam insole inside for a super comfortable fit.  The bottoms are a ASTM-F1677, Mark II tested slip resistant durable rubber sole. The treads are deep and the traction is excellent even on the icy sidewalks outside my house. The laces are strong and have just enough flex to pull them comfortably tight. The aglets are sturdy and secure.

The Fit & Feel

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I wear a 7.5-8 now and ordered these in a size 8 to have enough room for thick hiking socks. The size seems just right. I wore them with thinner socks and I had a little extra room for sure, and they fit perfectly with thick socks. The lacing hooks at the top allow the boot to open up more than wide enough to get my foot in comfortably. The high collar and tongue are both padded for comfort. The high collar is sturdy, yet flexible enough to move easily in.

They support the ankle very well while maintaining a truly luxurious fit.  Hiking boots always take a bit of time to break in, and these are no exception, but so far the process has not lead to any aches, bruises, or blisters. The laces are pretty easy to tighten or loosen as needed and seem to stay in place once adjusted very well. Again, those high hooks for the laces make lacing up quick and easy.

The Testing

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While I have yet to really christen these on a good trail, they have been excellent for our icy and snowy winter weather.  The traction and tread have kept me safe and confident on icy pavement on cold school mornings. I love the certified non-slip grip! Trekking through the snow, my feet stay warm and dry. They are thick enough that with my thick socks, I felt no chill as I pushed my feet through the snow. Nothing came through either, so the water-resistant uppers are perfect to stay dry!

The boots do have to be broken in a bit more, but so far have been superiorly comfortable on my treks. The Lugz molded memory foam insole really makes the shoe feel like it is molded to my foot. This makes it very nice for rougher trails where you want to be able to sense what you are walking on. Your foot and shoe are one!

My Conclusions

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I cannot be more pleased with my new hiking boots and am super excited to take these out on the fun trails of the Pacific Northwest this summer! I really have not had a more comfortable hiking boot ever. The traction and support are Grade A, and the upper materials keep my feet supported, warm, and dry. It’s everything I could ask for in a long-term hiking boot! Lugz Mallard Hiking Boots for the win!

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By on February 5th, 2018

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143 thoughts on “Lugz Mallard Hiking Boots Review”

  1. The boots sound comfortable. I like the Flexstride molded memory foam insole. I also like that the boots are water resistant and slip resistant.

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  2. I love that these boots have deep treads and they mold to your feet. They’re exactly what I need for walking the dogs. I have to trek up and down a pretty steep hill; so, when it’s snowy and wet, it’s very easy to slide and fall (been there and done that!).

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  3. These boots look amazing. I always have a hard time finding boots that look nice and are functional as well. Can’t wait to try them!

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  4. We are a family of hikers. My shoe size has changed as well, so I need to invest in some great hiking footware, and Lugz is definitely a brand I trust. I love the memory foam insole. I like to focus my efforts on hiking and moving forward, not wasting energy on painful feet!

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  5. I like the color and style of those boots, and also that they have molded memory foam insoles which I like for my shoes to have.

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  6. I would like to have a pair of these boots after reading your review. The memory foam insole and ankle support are key features for me in a hiking boot. They would also be great to wear in winter weather, to keep from falling on snow or ice, and to keep your feet dry.

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  7. The last time I owned a pair of hiking boots was in 2005 when my first child was born. I can’t remember the brand, but after I wore them a couple of times, the sole on one of the shoes fell completely off. No joke. The entire sole. My husband said that he’d never seen anything like it. Said that maybe the salt on the roads ate the glue that kept it together ?? Anyway, I have full confidence that this would not happen with these boots by Lugz 🙂

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  8. I love that these boots still look a little feminine as opposed to big clunky boots. they also look comfortable. I have a multitude to foot issues and comfort is a big plus for me.

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  9. I like the fact you said it has great ankle support. No snow here, but water can be an issue as I will hike in it, but do not like pruned toes. The name Mallard conjures up duck to me, which pretty much means water rolling off and I really like the style and colors.

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  10. i recently started wearing hiking boots and i love them. these are super cute. i would love to get a pair. they look comfortable too.

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  11. These boots seem to be excellent even for down south where I live, where it’s always wet. The memory foam will be very comfortable compared to the boots I where in the winter.

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  12. These boots look seriously awesome! I love how durable and solid they look! I wouldn’t want to go traipsing around in the snow with them, but any other time… I bet they’re awesome. Love the colors, too! I know my mom would love a pair of these & so I would i for that matter!

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  13. They look well made &like the color of them also like they are certified non-slip grip! Trekking through the snow, my feet stay warm and dry. They are thick enough that with my thick socks, I felt no chill as I pushed my feet through the snow…

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  14. I have been searching for a great pair of boots for the Pacific NW for a long time. My feet get wet, and then I become miserable.
    These boots seem to have all the traits I’m looking for-and they’ve been PNW tested!

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  15. These hiking boots sound like what I am looking for in my first pair of boots. I need ankle support and the memory foam and ability to feel the ground beneath you are definite musts for me. I have to admit that the color combination is one of my favorites, so I will have fashionable feet while I hike!

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  16. I love the look of these! They’re not so bulky looking that I couldn’t just wear them around here in the winter. I think I’ll be looking for a pair of these if I don’t win.

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  17. These not only look amazing but they are perfect for snow and rain. Perfect to keep your feet warm and not wet. I would love these.

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  18. Lugz makes such great quality and comfortable boots. My last pair are now 15 years old and still going strong. I love the look of these new styles! I think I need to add a newer pair to my closet!

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  19. I like that the Mallard Hiking Boots have a slip resistant rubber sole. I sure could have used them with all the ice we are having this winter.

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  20. I like the two tones, the teal on the top and laces is a great detail. I also like that in your review you talk of how they holdup to the cold of the snow- a great feature for people like myself that live in the northern half of the U.S.

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  21. I love how sturdy they are, and since I walk most places even in the winter, it is important to me that the they have a slip resistant durable rubber sole and the treads are deep and the traction is excellent. And they are darn cute!

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  22. These boots looks awesome and so practical. I don’t like boots that go up my calf because they never seem to fit right – always too tight. The height on these would be perfect.

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  23. Not only do I like the style (very cute and trendy) I appreciate that they’re supportive around the ankle while maintaining a truly luxurious fit!

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  24. Love that you hit all the points on what is not only necessary with hiking, the sturdiness and ankle support but the comfort as well. Hard to find a good hiking boot that has both! Thanks for the review!

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  25. I need something that is water/snow and slip resistance for these Minnesota winters. These boots sound perfect, plus memory foam! I’m in ?

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  26. Love how you talk about the changes in your feet after pregnancy! Life hits your feet like any other part of your body but we don’t really talk about it, and feet are pretty important when you are a nature lover.

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  27. I’m glad to learn about the ankle support. Hiking can go wrong quickly if you twist an ankle on a curve or down a hill. I like the lacing, and tread. Looks like a solid boot. Thanks for reviewing.

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  28. I like that she tested these while walking in snow and ice. I love in Minnesota, so I definitely need good boots in snow and ice!

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  29. The fact that you said these are comfortable and long term caught my eye. I tend to have achy feet, so I would give these a try. Thanks.

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  30. Appreciate the honesty of the review including the fact that it took time to break in and love the review and comments about the tread , unless i missed a pic would love to see a pic of the bottom showing the tread. Thanks for showing sch great pics

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  31. I like that these boots have a certified non-slip grip and would be okay to wear for a day’s hike. I’d really have to try them out to determine if they would hold up for a long distance backpacking trip.

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  32. These boots sound fantastic! I especially like the sound of “Flexstride molded memory foam insole” and slip resistant durable rubber sole”!!!!

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  33. The thick thread is what attracts me to these boots. I am a bit clumsy and these would have the gripping power to provide stability. Not to mention how stylishly cute these are..I would wear them everywhere!

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  34. Lugz has such awesome products. I love the style of these boots. I know that they have to be so comfy. Thank you so much for sharing these. God Bless

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  35. These are very stylish looking. I love the many qualities of them such as being waterproof, the comfort level, and the warmth. I go hiking a lot I would hope they would stand the test of time and continue to deliver comfort after many miles are put on them/

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  36. I love the style of the different hiking boots which we do love hiking in the mountains. I like that they have water-resistant tops which is nice nothing worse then wet feet when out walking.

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  37. Beautiful boots and functional to. I don’t do well in the cold so keeping my feet warm and dry is imperative. These boots promise to do just that.

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  38. Would love to win these. They look Wonderful and a Good Hiking boot. I love the certified non-slip grip. I am too old to fall. Lol. I could wear these year round and I love Lugs. They are made tough and a Beautiful looking boot. Thanks for the chance to enter this wonderful contest. My friends and family would be so jealous, that they would run out and buy a pair.

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  39. These boots look amazing great grips is what I love they look really comfy to I love lugz boots would really like to have them.

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  40. These are so nice! I like that they’re water and snow resistant. I live in WV and we get lots of snow! I also have a Husky that I take on walks daily and I hate when rain and snow seeps through my shoes. I love that they’re slip resistant, because I’ve been known to take a tumble in the rain and snow! These seem to be a very nice and dependable hiking boot!

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  41. These boots look perfect for hiking and walking around here where we just had another 7 inches of snow. I like that they have rubber soles with deep treads, the memory foam insoles and that they’re water resistant.

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  42. These Lugz Mallard Hiking Boots are so Fine!! Love that they’re fully water resistant. They look very comfortable with that molded memory foam insole! Great Boots…love them!

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  43. Years ago. I won a pair of Lugz boots. They’re wool lined and the warmest pair I own. They lack on traction though. I don’t hike, but it gets very icy where I live. I’d love to add these to my collection of boots.

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  44. Nothing beats a pair of sturdy comfortable hiking boots that fit well. Did some snowshoeing and used by old comfy hiking boots and they held up great.

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  45. These boots look so nice and sturdy! I love the look and especially love that they have the memory foam insole for comfort and very good ankle support as well. I have weak joints so this is important to me when it comes to a good hiking boot. Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

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  46. I have never owned hiking boots. These look & sound excellent. I like the good track for a good grip while hiking uncertain ground.

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  47. I totally agree with your review! I’ve had Lugs boots, and they are much better boots than the very expensive timberlands. Lugs keep your feet warm and dry.

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  48. I really need something like this that will keep my feet warm and dry. As a diabetic, I need my feet to be nice and comfy. It can be hard to find good comfortable hikers that are warm enough for snow. And they’re so cute, too!

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  49. I really love how comfortable my Lugz are. I would like to get everyone in the family some to try. I even bought to pair of sneakers. lol. It would be interesting to hear later how they hold up on a rugged terrain.

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  50. Memory foam sounds lovely! I like that they have some ankle support, as it’s easy to take a wrong step when you’re hiking.

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  51. I have bought several pairs of Lugz for my husband, but I don’t have any myself yet! These might have to be my first pair. I love them!

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  52. These are a really nice looking pair of boots. I love the color scheme and the treads sound great for traction. I bet they’re good for keeping feet dry in rain too.

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  53. I would love to try a pair. Mainly for the comfort of the memory foam foot bed. Also I like the deep tread for all weather.

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  54. I especially liked the pictures in the snow and the stitching on the boot. You can just tell that these are quality boots especially with the close up photos!

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  55. I have been wanting a new pair of boots, and of course, I love Lugz! This review makes me want them even more. I’m not sure if I want the Mallard or the Shifters. They are both rugged and good looking. They seem to go with everything. I love the colors to choose from too! Thank you!

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