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:Buyers guide · Proper fitting
> Ask for the best boot-fitter in the shop, if you have the time,make an appointment!
> Take your time selecting new boots.
> Wear the socks you will normally wear, if you use an orthopaedic device or special custom inn-soles you need to have them with you when you try the boots.
> Try on boots at the end of the day, when your feet are slightly swollen, they will do so also on the trail, this can make a big difference.
> Trim your toenails. It may sound funny, but untrimmed toenails may damage the lining and even the membrane.
> Try the boots without looking too much to the size indicated on the boot, this may vary between different manufacturers as also from a style to another.
> Go for a walk around the store, you need t get used to the different weight before your can evaluate the right sensations you feel.
> To make your final choice select the boot that is most comfortable. If you feel the boot is to heavy or to stiff try on a different style until you don't find the pair that suites you completely. It is important to have the right length, toe room and that you don't feel any pressure points.



Be careful not to choose a boot that is to long, it may feel comfortable but your foot will move inside resulting in painful blisters. A too short boot will injure your toes when descending.
The best way to test the fitting is to slide the foot forward in the unlaced boot. as far as it will go, the gap behind the heel should be just enough to fit your forefinger in comfortably. Once laced up the boot, your feet will move back and the vital gap will be available for the toes.


Once laced your foot should feel stable in place, the upper should also be tight around your foot without causing pressure points, this will avoid that your foot moves wile you walk.
Your heel must fit comfortably in the heel cup, the foot should not lift from the inn-sole or move to much from side to side, this is the best way to avoid blisters.
You must pay attention to have enough toe space, this is a very critical point, when your toes touch the front there should still be enough space to move your toes.

The best way to test your boots is to walk around a little in the shop, stand up on the front part and try to get an idea of the stability, check the comfort you experience.


Good socks can make the difference; today there are many high quality manufacturers that offer specific socks for different activities and climatic conditions. Generally speaking we recommend not to use cotton socks, as they will absorb the transpiration without wicking it to the outside.

The perfect fit

Your specialist retailer should be able to help you finding the right boot, he will also have a professional training to help you to obtain the best comfort and proper fit recommending the right socks, inn-soles and eventual volume adjusters.


You should use the same thickness/type of socks they intend to walk in when trying on the boots. Allow plenty of room at the toes as feet expand when they get hot. The best way to test the fitting is to slide the foot forward in the unlaced boot as far as it will go and the gap behind the heel should be just enough to fit your forefinger in comfortably (see picture). If the finger will not go in try the next size up or if it is loose try the next size down. Try the boots laced up and make sure that there is no pressure across the instep and that the heel does not move up and down whilst walking.

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