Review: Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX Men’s Walking Shoes

Everytime I get a new pair of walking shoes or boots to review, Luke rolls his eyes, or he’ll moan about the amount of packages that arrive at the house. Funnily enough, he didn’t complain when a lovely pair of Salomon walking shoes turned up from Millets Sports (now called Activinstinct) for him to try out.

He’s spent the last couple of weeks diligently putting them to the test, so here are his thoughts on the Salomon X Ultra GTX 2 walking shoes. 

“My first impression was that they looked really smart and good quality. I was a bit unsure about the ‘Quicklace’ system as I’ve never worn shoes with that feature before, however it makes it really easy to take the shoes on and off. It’s also means that you can tighten the laces and they won’t come loose, even after wearing them all day.

The top of the shoes, showing the Quicklace fastening, which uses a toggle rather than conventional laces.

I’ve always preferred shoes over boots for walking, as I find that they’re lighter and more comfortable. This was certainly true of the X Ultra 2 shoes. Salomon have used technology from their range of running shoes, such as ‘Sensifit’, which ensures that the foot is well supported and stable, to produce a really lightweight, yet sturdy walking shoe. They are also breathable, so even in the hot weather we’ve had recently, my feet have stayed cool and dry.

The X Ultra’s got a good workout when we visited our local Go Ape recently

I really liked how cushioned and supported my feet felt, it also had lots of grip-perfect for any terrain. The best thing about these shoes, and the reason that they have become my go-to shoes, is their versatility. I wore them when we tackled Go Ape recently, I’ve also worn them on family walks and outings. They’re even smart enough to wear at the pub (although that probably says more about the type of pub I like than the shoes!)

They have become my first choice walking shoes, as seen here on a recent family hike

Although they are perfect for spring and summer, they do have a Gore-Tex outer, so I have no qualms about wearing them in the winter as well.

Overall I am really happy with the comfort and performance of these shoes, and very much recommend them to anyone looking for an all round walking shoe.”

So Luke was impressed, but what do you think of them?

I was given these shoes free of charge in exchange for this review, all opinions are Luke’s. 

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  • Life as Mum Life as Mum July 04, at 11:18

    These look fab and look really comfy. We’re on the look out for new walking shoes! #triedandtested

  • The Reading Residence The Reading Residence July 05, at 17:52

    They do look comfy as well as offering that support and grip.

  • Ashley Crombet-Beolens Ashley Crombet-Beolens July 06, at 03:34

    Funnily enough just reviewed the hiking version of the shoe (as opposed to walking) and they are hands down the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned!

  • Elinor Greenacre Elinor Greenacre July 19, at 13:41

    I have been umming and aaahing about the womens version of these,I too prefer walking shoes to boots only wearing my boots when I am carrying a pack and off track. I shall be off to my local independent shop to try these on this weekend! #adventurecalling

  • Emma - Hip2trek Emma - Hip2trek July 20, at 08:31

    These look great and I keep hearing good things about Salomon shoes. The ‘Quicklace’ sysytem looks interesting, I’m forever retying my shoe laces on my boots. #adventurecalling

  • one Hull of a mum one Hull of a mum July 20, at 11:12

    They look great, I find walking shoes are not the most fashionable things but these look pretty cool!


  • nai nai July 20, at 14:40

    they’re nice! my favourite colour is green, so I really like the green strip on the front. 🙂 #adventurecalling

  • Travelling With Our Kids Travelling With Our Kids July 21, at 19:25

    Im so use to wearing boots but a pair of shoes like this would come in handy. Especially being lightweight. #adventurecalling

  • Laura Laura July 22, at 11:31

    They sound ace! I’ve always been a boot girl, but perhaps it’s time to try out some walking shoes!!

  • Lauren Lauren July 24, at 09:13

    It’s really interesting to read about another person who prefers shoes over boots. I’ve always worn boots – and the heavier and sturdier the better. Even in summer. Resulting in hot feet and an irresistible urge to get my boots off when I get back to the car.

    I think I may need to give shoes a go too.

    Thank you for the food for thought 🙂


  • David - Potty Adventures David - Potty Adventures August 01, at 16:11

    I’ve had a pair of the mid-boot version of these for a couple of years now and love them so I can imagine the shoes are equally good. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Luke gets a few more packages through haha. #adventurecalling


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