Everyone knows that correct footwear plays a critical role in enjoying your outdoor activities, yet many people find the process of buying new shoes difficult and the results disappointing. We decided to change it. Since 1995 we have operated a dedicated footwear shop manned by friendly staff who are keen walkers, trained in all aspects of the boot fitting process. We are confident that with the range and expertise we have, we can find the right boot for almost anyone and will give you all the time and attention that this process requires.
We only stock high quality products, but it doesn't mean that they have to be expensive! Over the years we helped many people to buy their first boots and offer discounts for participants in Duke of Edinburgh Award, Ramblers and local walking clubs. If you plan to come over please set aside between 15 min to 1 hour of your time and experience yourself how easy it is to get shoes that fit.
Our footwear manager has been fitting boots since 2001 and has attended numerous external seminars and training sessions, visited manufacturers' premises to gain first-hand experience of design and construction, and walked many hundreds of miles, wearing quite a few pairs of boots. We train our staff diligently, and there is an extended training period before they are trusted to help our customers unsupervised.
Feet are very unique things and because of this purchasing your footwear online can be difficult. To help you make the right choice we provide fit notes and product descriptions tailored to each model, however it is still a poor substitute to our staff's pooled expertise and service that you receive when visiting us in person.
We stock quality brands with great heritage that require skilled manufacturing, hence a large percentage of our boot range consists of European-made models. We are the largest stockist for Meindl in East Anglia, a family run German company with a great choice of wide fitting walking boots. We also carry sizeable ranges from Scarpa, Zamberlan, Altberg, Salomon and Salewa, as well as Teva and Keen sandals.
Our current combined collection consists of over 120 models, from sandals and lightweight shoes through walking boots and a selection of mountaineering models.
Our range is carefully chosen and constantly reviewed to try and ensure the best choice within each category, whilst encompassing the vast spectrum of fits from the shallow, narrow foot to the wide, deep foot.
When appropriate and available, we will always try to stock the manufacturers full size range. We try and keep in stock a good range of footwear in UK sizes 13 to 15, but to ensure you do not make a wasted journey, please call us first to check availability.
We stock premium goods which sometimes means that they are slightly more expensive then their competitors, but in terms of value we think they are supreme, often lasting longer and performing better. In many cases, traditionally-lasted boots and shoes can be re-soled; sometimes by the manufacturer themselves, in other cases by an approved third party. For the manufacturers who offer a direct resole service (Meindl, Hanwag and Altberg), we are happy to return suitable boots, as long as they are clean and well looked after. Prices for resoling vary depending on the boot model. If you are unsure of your boots suitability to be resoled please contact us.
Over the years, we have successfully modified customers' boots to accommodate their very individual foot shapes. We can typically alleviate the pressure caused by bunions, modify heels and tweak the volume around foot joints. What we cannot sadly do, is make walking boots half a size bigger! This service is free if the boots were originally bought from ourselves, but we make a small charge for footwear purchased elsewhere.
We believe that socks play a key role in ensuring enduring comfort in outdoor footwear and as such have an extensive range of socks from leading brands such as Falke, Lorpen, Bridgedale, Wigwam and Darn Tough, as well as the luxuriously soft and comfortable Alpaca socks from Vicuña. We have socks to cater for every activity from winter mountaineering to summer strolls in the countryside, as well as a selection of running, fitness and waterproof socks.
A large percentage of the population benefit from additional support and shape in their footwear. To ensure we can achieve the best fit and level of support we carry a comprehensive range of aftermarket insoles and fit accessories from Altberg, Meindl, Zamberlan and Superfeet.