Whether it is to practice a physical activity or to stroll through the streets of snow-covered resorts in winter, being well in your shoes is essential.
The Valemont experts advise you on how to choose your shoes with two criteria:
This is a shoe with a medium to high upper that is breathable and waterproof. They are often quite rigid.
The hiking boots have a grippy rubber or Thermoplast-Rubber sole and a stone guard at the front of the shoe to protect your toes.
Usually with a low upper, trail or brisk walking shoes like Nordic Walking are lighter and more flexible than hiking shoes.
They have a sole that must grip on all types of terrain, even slippery. They must be waterproof and breathable to regulate temperature and sweating.
Also often called 'Balade', this category of shoes is appreciated 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 do not necessarily have a waterproof membrane and are most of the time with a low rod.
A must-have in winter, snow boots are ideal for keeping your feet warm and dry. The Après-Ski are high with a medium to high upper.
They must be waterproof and have a good insulating and non-slip sole to be able to walk on snow and ice.
It is a film integrated into the composition of the shoe which allows the shoe to be waterproof and breathable.
All the major fabric manufacturers have developed their own breathable and waterproof membrane (Kimbertex at Kimberfeel, Water WS Stopper at Trezeta, Dry Feet at Elementerre).
The most famous membrane remains the GORE-TEX® membrane. This is found on many hiking shoes thanks to its effectiveness in terms of waterproofing, breathability and resistance to cold. It also guarantees better resistance over time.
This is a point that should not be overlooked when buying shoes. A good sole should have a soft gum (natural rubber or thermoplast-rubber) and a consistent crampon profile for optimal grip on all possible terrains.
The major shoe manufacturers have also developed their own sole (Contagrip at Salomon, Technigrip at Tecnica).
The benchmark for sole is the Vibram® brand. Their soles have already won over many shoe brands thanks to their grip and abrasion resistance.
Removable or not, the lining helps keep the foot warm. Some après-ski are equipped with Thinsulate® brand lining which provides maximum insulation thanks to their know-how in this area.
It can be classic lace up or fast like the Quick Lace system from Salomon.
The Quick Lace eliminates the hassle of tying your shoes. All you have to do is pull on the lace and it automatically locks: Ultra fast to put on your shoes!
All shoes are guaranteed by the manufacturer. The warranty periods vary depending on the material. The warranty processing is carried out by us. In the event of a problem, use our after-sales service form.
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Remember to take good care of your shoes so that you can keep them as long as possible. Clean them regularly with a brush or a soft cloth to remove all traces of dirt and dust.
Air dry them or on a dryer that will not dry out the shoes like the 'Amphora' shoe dryer model.
Regularly waterproof the outside of the shoe to maintain their water repellence with a waterproofing spray compatible with a Gore-tex membrane if necessary.
Check the condition of your insole. The latter must not be damaged or worn, you can replace it to increase your walking comfort.
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