Category Archives: Walking

ALT BERG: British Brand Since 1989

Tallington Lakes Pro Shop welcomes the addition of an exceptional brand who, since 1989, have been hand-crafting specialist footwear here in the UK. After the closure of the Richmond Shoe Factory, Mike Sheehan felt as if it was the end of an era for traditional English boot making. Not wanting to see his and many others way of life disappear, he created AltBerg. Today you’ll find AltBerg, the last remaining British-based boot maker, in independent stores across the UK. They are specialists in crafting hand-made technical boots for a range of purposes; from hiking to leisure, to motorcycle or military boots.

AltBerg pride themselves on keeping the quality and production of their boots at an all-time high. Making around 150 pairs of boots a day, this helps to keep the traditional methodology and knowledge passed down by Sheehan alive. Their boots are tried and tested for durability and longevity through the specific leathers used; even keeping your feet warmer in cold, wet conditions than some lighter weight synthetic-made boots would. The leather, through proper care from oils and wax, can also last longer and maintain the waterproofing abilities better than synthetic materials.

AltBerg deliver a classic English style of boot that suits anyone, whilst also offering an array of widths and fittings. This allows for total comfort and support of your feet and ankles from the get-go. They provide unique sizing’s for their footwear, as they have both half sizes and different volumes, all to guarantee the best fit of boot. One thing to note is that AltBerg boots are typically unisex, so the smaller sizes (up to the 7.5UK) have a lower cut at the ankle of the boot, making them potentially fit a female foot and ankle more comfortably.

This made-to-measure approach makes AltBerg’s boots ideal for those that have struggled to find a perfect fit or style of boot; so it’s best to come in store and let us help you find the best boot for you!

Please note the Pro Shop will re-open on 15th June 2020 in accordance with governmental guidelines surrounding COVID-19; please adhere to these guidelines.

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Salomon Quest 4D 3 Gore-Tex Walking Boots – Review

Walking – hiking – is an extremely popular activity to #getoutside and a good, well fitting pair of walking boots or shoes is a must if you want to enjoy the experience!

I’ve been using the Salomon Quest 4D 3 Gore-Tex walking boots for nearly a year now. I’ve worn them over a variety of terrain, in different seasons and weather, and I have to say I’m impressed.

I chose a walking boot because I wanted to protect against the likelihood of an ankle injury, particularly on uneven terrain when carrying a heavy pack, which you do not get from a walking shoe. The Quest were both supportive and comfortable whatever the terrain. They’re relatively light-weight too, so all-in-all I was happy I had boots that were made for walking!

On the warm sunny days the Gore-Tex breathable membrane worked well with my foot-to-boot interface, commonly known as a sock, to keep my feet comfortable. Yes my feet got warm but not too sweaty and hot as the socks wicked the moisture away from my foot and through the breathable membrane of the boot.

In contrast on wet autumnal and spring days, and the occasional river crossing, the membrane and gusseted tongue kept the water out. Obviously if the puddle, stream or area of water is deeper than the height of your boot you will get a wet foot, but anything else your foot was dry!

These boots were made for walking!

So what were they like to walk in? I found the fit nice and snug, with great heel hold. The lace locker eyelets ensure you can get the foot secure before finally tying up around the ankle. They are also set back from the other eyelets to help secure your heel into the back of the boot. At first, having been use to walking shoes, this felt a bit restrictive but once underway the support was very comfortable and reassuring.

Traction was good thanks to Salomon’s Contragrip sole and lug (tread) pattern whether footpath, rocky terrain, or muddy woodland. They even performed well in the snow!

The boots come with OrthoLite insoles, however I did replace these with Superfeet’s Trailblazer Comfort insoles to tailor the fit more specifically to my feet – making them even more comfortable and my feet less tired.

Why not check out our range of walking boots and shoes, and take advantage of our boot fitting service.

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