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Highlights in our Spring Footwear Range

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 07/05/2020 12:05:09

Spring Highlight footwear

Spring is here! Though it isn’t the normal spring we had hoped for with lockdown still importantly in place, we can still go out to receive our daily exercise and getting into walking is something we very heavily endorse. Just a stroll around the park or down a country road can still really help in breaking from the everyday and you may be surprised at your encounters when walking daily. Squirrels and native birds can be seen everywhere at the moment, quarantine does not apply to them and they are frolicking the way they do every spring. There is a great variety of wildlife to be seen in the hedgerows of country roads and fields if they are available to you, dormice, birds and even the common lizard are all happily grazing at the moment. We must stress however,  it is still very important to keep your distance from others and stay safe. Here is a fantastic selection of this Spring’s walking shoes, all a great option if your looking to get into daily walking or simply looking to upgrade. Since we can sadly no longer offer our premium footwear fitting service in stores due to their current closure, we have gone into detail in the fit of each shoe to help you decide what sort of thing you’ll be needing. We’ll start with one of our very favourite shoes…..

Vortex

A fantastic multi-use shoe, the Scarpa Vortex is a brilliant mix of comfort and performance. Keep dry with a Gore-Tex lining that guarantees waterproof protection and breathability, while the tried and tested Vibram Dynatech sole keeps you safe on any terrain with enough shock protection to hammer long distances. This is one of the most durable shoes in our range, they can go and go for 100s of miles easily. Though a slightly slim fit, these shoes hold a foot like no other. The support provided by these shoes is second to none and the build is comparable to some very strong boots. I certainly believe this is a shoe worth considering for those looking to do some hard trekking in a variety of conditions around the world.

How does it fit?

Though a slightly slim fit, these shoes offer optimum hold and stability.

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Ventilator

MOAB stands for Mother Of All Boots and is a great choice in a versatile package. Performance suede leather and mesh upper are designed to provide exceptional breathability and the closed-cell foam tongue keeps moisture and debris out.

Moulded nylon arch shank and Merrell M Select Fit.Eco+ blended EVA contoured foot bed with added zonal arch and heel support provide toe to heel support, EVA midsole and air cushion in the heel adds comfort and stability. Protective rubber toe cap protects your feet from the trail and the Vibram TC5+ sole with 5mm lug depth keeps your feet grounded. This is the only non waterproof shoe on the list, don’t let that put you off as they will certainly be the most breathable and comfortable for dry sunny days walking. If you are looking for a similar shoe, but waterproof, look no further than the MOAB 2 GTX, it has the exact same build but has a Gore-Tex lining.

How does it fit?

With a standard width, this shoe makes an excellent starting point in a footwear selection.

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Respond gtx

The Meindl Men's Respond XCR approach shoe is lightweight, durable and waterproof. This shoe provides a lightweight comfortable fit with a waterproof GORE-TEX lining, making it a great all weather shoe for paths and trails in the outdoors. The Contragrip Trail sole unit helps heel stabilisation and provides good durability for everyday use. Very versatile, we have several customers who use it as the occasional running shoe, but is best at soft trail.

How does it fit?

Many Meindl shoes come with a fairly wide forefoot so it has become a pretty popular choice when comfort is a priority.

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RENEGADE

Built around a proven, very tough boot design, the Renegade Lo from lowa is a robust, well made, and well performing hiking shoe. Just look at those lugs on the Vibram Renevo sole, perfect for biting into slippery dirt! A fully waterproof Gore-Tex inner is protected by a tough nubuck leather outer. The supportive cushioning turns this confidently fitting walking shoe into a great companion for easy day hikes and simply robust everyday wear.  This shoe certainly has a high reputation and we have customers coming back for this shoe, many of them after many happy years of high grade performance.

How does it fit?

This a great shoe for the medium to wide foot, providing excellent support throughout the foot.

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TARGHEE III

Very popular for its distinctive looks and solid performance, the Targhee III, Keen’s latest generation of their Targhee series is lightweight and fits very comfortably.  Keen’s all terrain rubber sole with 4mm multi-directional lugs. The award-winning fit, durability and performance consists of a waterproof leather and performance mesh upper, paired with a KEEN.Dry waterproof and breathable membrane and finished off with a breathable mesh lining to keep your feet comfortable and dry. The combination of an injected TPU heel-capture system for stability, a ESS internal shank for support, a dual-density, compression-moulded EVA midsole and removable, metatomical (They made that word up) dual-density EVA insole all work together to provide a comfortable, yet stable step so you can keep on exploring the city, or the hills.

How does it fit?

Perfect for those with a wider foot, the shoe is giving without compromising on performance. Those with slimmer feet can also find great performance in a keen as they are very versatile.

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MEINDL ACTIVO

Very lightweight and perfect for any spring adventure, these waterproof Gore-Tex approach shoes come with a Lite Trail sole and Meindl’s Comfort Fit, a very special shoe build with extra width in the toe box. The Activo is one our very widest shoes and is perfect for those with very wide feet, still looking for an active, supportive, and tough lightweight walker.  The Duo-Lacing system pulls the shoe together across the back of the heal to guarantee a precise fit for the entire foot. If you have very wide feet and have struggled to find a comfortable fit, this is a shoe which comes very highly regarded. This shoe as you can maybe tell by its outer aesthetic can also be used very effectively for a bit of trail running.

How does it fit?

Built with Meindl’s Comfort Fit, the Activo is one our very widest shoes and is perfect for those with very wide feet.

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