Having comfortable boots is paramount when performing a physical activity such as hiking or Nordic walking, as well as when you're walking down the snowy streets in ski resorts.
• Hiking: These boots normally extend above the ankle, are breathable and waterproof. Hiking boots feature a grip sole and a stoneguard (toe cap) at the front to protect your toes. They are often quite rigid.
• Trail: Usually ankle height, trail shoes or fast walking shoes such as Nordic walking shoes are lighter and more flexible than a hiking boot. They feature a sole that works on all types of terrain, including very slippery surfaces. They should be waterproof, breathable to regulate temperature and able to wick away perspiration.
• Outdoor: This class of footwear is used for walking in the forest, in the countryside or by the sea. They are heavier and stiffer than trail shoes but lighter and more flexible than hiking boots. They don’t always have a waterproof membrane, (so check when buying), and are mostly mid-height on the ankle.
• Apres-ski: A must-have in winter, snow boots are ideal for keeping your feet warm. They are normally mid- to high-length on legs. They should be waterproof and have good insulation, as well as an anti-slip sole to allow you to walk on snow and ice.
• Membrane: An integrated film in the boot that allows it to be waterproof and breathable. All major material manufacturers have developed their own breathable and waterproof membrane (Kimbertex for Kimberfeel, WS Water Stopper for Italian brand Trezeta, Dry Feet in Elementerre etc.). The most famous is still GORE-TEX®, which is found in many hiking boots through its effectiveness for water resistance, breathability and resistance to cold.
• Sole: This is a point not to be overlooked when buying shoes. A good shoe must have a flexible rubber (natural or Thermoplastic) and a suitable spike profile (size) for optimum grip for all possible terrains. Once again, the major shoe manufacturers have developed their own sole (Salomon Contagrip or Tecnia Technigrip, for example). The benchmark is Vibram. Their grippy soles are resistant to wear and tear and are already used by many shoe brands.
• Thermal insulation: Removable or permanent, this lining conserves the heat from your foot. Some apres-ski boots feature Thinsulate lining, which provides maximum insulation.
• Lacing: It may be conventional or speedy, such as the Quick Lace system from Salomon. With Quick Lace, you no longer need to bother lacing your shoes, simply pull on the lace and it locks automatically. Ultra quick to put on!
All shoes are guaranteed by the manufacturer. The warranty durations vary depending on the model. Warranty processing is done by us. If problems occur, please use our after-sales service form.
Remember to look after your shoes to keep them usable for as long as possible. Clean them regularly with a brush or soft cloth to remove all traces of dirt and dust. Let them dry in the open air or on a footwear-friendly dryer such as the Amphora boot dryer. Regularly waterproof the shoe’s exterior to keep water repellency with a waterproofing spray compatible with a Gore-tex membrane, if necessary. Finally, check your insole. It shouldn’t be damaged or worn, and you can replace it to increase your walking comfort. Click here to find your size for buying boots.
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