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It’s all about putting your best foot forward. When you’re jogging through the city streets or hiking through forest trails, you want the footwear that will get the best out of you. At Altitude Sports we’ve got running shoes, hiking boots, trail running shoes, chelsea boots and everything in between. It’s great to have choice but we want to go one step further by showing you the best footwear to choose for your activity. Discover gift guides, product reviews and all the latest in the world of footwear.

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Best Boots for Snowshoeing in 2024

Best Boots for Snowshoeing in 2024

Snowshoe trails abound and models are evolving more and more, to the delight of users. Once you get your hands on the right pair of snowshoes, you’ll need a...
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Best Boots for Snowshoeing in 2024

Snowshoe trails abound and models are evolving more and more, to the delight of users. Once you get your hands on the right pair of snowshoes, you’ll need a pair of boots—and we’ve got a selection of the best snowshoe boots for your needs.Nowadays, the majority of snowshoe models easily pair with most winter hiking boots. They feature warmth, insulation, and are a perfect beginning before you get into buying equipment and apparel. To maximise your comfort, here are some tips to follow to ensure your pairing is one of the best types of boots for you.Best overall bootsBest boots

5 Best Winter Hiking Boots for Staying Warm & Dry in 2024

Hiking in the winter is a beautiful and serene experience - the fresh snow, the blue skies, the snow-capped peaks in the distance. But hiking in winter also comes with its challenges: tricky terrain, cold and uncertain weather, and the potential for wet, freezing feet. However, avoiding cold, uncomfortable feet during winter hikes is easy with the proper footwear. The best winter hiking boots, such as the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Boots, are insulated, waterproof, lightweight, and have great grip. Below, we break down all of our recommended winter hiking shoes. Best Overall Winter Hiking Boots ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Boots

8 Best Winter Running Shoes for Cold Weather Runners

Cold weather running isn’t just for the pros. With the right pair of shoes, anyone can get a grip on winter running (see what we did there?). That’s why we’ve rounded up the very best winter running shoes. Read on to discover our personal favourites and essential accessories alongside tips for choosing the perfect pair to suit your needs!Our choice for the best overall winter running shoes this year goes to the Saucony Peregrine Ice+ 3 Trail Running Shoes. The water-resistant construction remains highly breathable, while the outsole features lugs that grip ice, snow, and even mud when the weather

Our 6 Most Popular Blundstone Boots for 2024

Below, we’ve created a list of our 6 most popular Blundstone boots for 2023. But did you know Blundstone celebrated their 150th in 2020? And did you know that the company remains family-owned and operated in Tasmania, Australia? So why not cap this year off with a pair “Blunnies”?More than 150 years of BlundstoneIn 1870, John Blundstone started making footwear built for the cobbled streets, farmland, factories, and well-pounded dance floors of Australia. While Blundstone boots – affectionately known as “Blunnies” in the Outback – remain the footwear of choice for Aussie workers, their styles have gone global. These leather

Best Winter Boots for Wide Feet

If you have wide feet, finding a winter boot that you like and fits comfortably can be a challenge. There are lots of chic, stylish looking winter boots but they often have a narrow fit so the shopping process can become frustrating. You may find you’re having to keep going up a size in order to have enough room for comfort and thick socks but then you’re left with too-long clown-like shoes and you’re tripping all over the place. In a world where you want to keep your feet warm in cosy, wool socks but the majority of all the

Best Winter Boots For Men

It’s getting close to that time of year. The weather gets colder, snow starts to fall, and it’s time to swap the summer gear for winter wares. Key amongst your winter getup is a good pair of winter boots. When it comes time to buy a new pair there are four things to consider: waterproofness, insulation, grip, and style.You can’t go wrong with materials like waterproof nylon and GORE-TEX. Keeping your feet dry is essential for staying comfortable, and most importantly, warm! For a little extra cosiness, lined boots are a must, and great for blocking out freezing winds too.Icy

Most Popular Winter Boots for Women

Looking for the best women’s winter boots to take on the infamously cold Canadian winters? The choice is not easy. The warmest winter boots for women are not necessarily the biggest or thickest. There are many things to consider, such as the look, function, construction, tread, and more.As the winters seem to be getting harsher, we’ll probably be spending more time at home—ploughing snow, playing outside, or finally trying out some winter sports. To ensure you’ve got the right boots for the job, we reviewed the best women’s winter boots for 2023-2024, and determined that the UGG Adirondack III Boot

Best Winter Boots for Kids

These days, parents can find much higher quality winter snow boots for their kids than when they were young. Gone are the days of putting plastic bags over your feet to keep out water. Now, winter snow boots for kids have advanced waterproofing technology, fit securely, are well-insulated, and have excellent traction on the outsoles. Here are the best choices of winter boots for kids:  ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente The Top Winter Boots for Kids Reviewed Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop

The Ultimate Guide to GORE-TEX

In the world of outdoor and sports gear, where unpredictable weather can be your toughest adversary, one technology has consistently risen to the challenge—GORE-TEX. Renowned for its unwavering reliability and exceptional waterproofing capabilities, GORE-TEX fabrics are a beacon of innovation in the realm of waterproof-breathable membranes.But what makes the GORE-TEX brand frontrunner in its industry? To understand its advantages and applications, we decided to dive deep. Read on to discover the unparalleled engineering and use cases that have turned GORE-TEX into a household name. A Brief History of GORE-TEX GORE-TEX has a rich history dating all the way back to

Our Five Most Popular Dr. Martens Boots

Best Because of QualityIn the world of iconic footwear, few brands have made as lasting an impression as Dr. Martens. Renowned for their distinctive style and unmatched durability, Doc Martens boots have been a fashion staple for decades—from postmen and police officers to punk rockers.So, whether you're a die-hard fan in search of a new pair or just dipping your toes into the Doc Martens universe, then read on. In this article, we discuss the top 5 Doc Martens boots you need to know about this year. Lace up your boots and let’s get started. Shop Dr. Martens ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente 1460

Ultimate Guide for the Best On Running Shoes

Whether you’re a trail runner who prefers stability or a road runner who demands cushioning, On has got a pair of running shoes for you. In this article, we explore everything you need to know about On running shoes:Why they are so popularWhich shoes are the best for road runningWhich shoes are the best for trail running and hikingHow we ranked each shoes Why Are On Running Shoes So Popular? So, what makes On shoes so popular in the running community? Much of the answer lies, well, underfoot. Put differently, each pair of On running shoes features their iconic outsole

Best Running Shoes in 2023

First and foremost, you should know what kind of running you do will largely determine the type of running shoe you choose. For example, are you focused more on road running or trail running? The difference is quite noticeable and will greatly influence your experience.Road running shoes are lightweight and breathable. They allow a fast and smooth stride, suitable over long stretches of flat terrain. Trail running shoes are designed to support your ankles. Above all, they have a stronger sole to protect your feet against the myriad obstacles littered across uneven terrain.Once you’ve identified the type of running you’ll

Best Hiking Shoes for 2023

We’ve rounded up the best hiking shoes based on traction, comfort, support, and weather resistance. Get ready for your next day hike or multi-day trip with a new pair of hiking shoes.Whether you’re on high and dry alpine trails or wet, muddy paths, your hiking shoes are the piece of gear that matters most on any hike. They provide more support and durability than regular runners. We extensively reviewed the nine best hiking shoes on the market and present them here.In terms of waterproofing, grip, traction, and lightweight function, we found the Vasque Breeze LT LOW NTX Lightweight Waterproof Hiking

Best Birkenstocks for Summer 2023

In 1774, a German cobbler named Johann Adam Birkenstock began making what is now known as the legendary Birkenstock. What made them different from other shoes was the unique footbed that cradled the foot’s natural arches. The unique contoured footbed is one of the hallmarks of today’s beloved Birkenstocks. These sandals have come to be synonymous with summer, adventure, and travel across the globe. Aside from their rich history, there’s no denying that Birkenstocks are a quality sandal. 225 years later, each shoe is created with long-lasting, good-looking materials. Not only are Birkenstocks highly versatile, but they also have shock-absorbing

Best Trail Running Shoes in 2023

From curvy single-tracks to rugged off-road terrain, trail running has a unique meaning for every person. Aside from the ultimate running gear, there’s one thing most trail runners need: the best trail running shoes to cushion and protect their feet. We considered many shoes and tested the best eight in this guide. We found the Salomon Sense Ride 5 trail runners to be the best in terms of traction, advanced features, and comfort. When looking for the best trail running shoes of 2023, we scoured the market for shoes with the best cushioning, flexibility, weight, and waterproofing. We’ve found the top

Best Camping Slippers & Booties

You don't have to be camping to wear slippers (or indoor Crocs), we know that. Especially since we're all working from home... and since we've started wearing them proudly in public. So: are you looking for the perfect slippers, ugly shoes or comfy camping shoes? Alternatives to Crocs or shoes to keep your feet warm? Best lightweight camping shoes, waterproof camping shoes, ultra-warm camping slippers... Here are the top camping slippers and shoes, tested and worn almost every day by our team. This guide to the best slippers will help you find the season's best products and show you everything you

Choosing the Right Hiking Shoes: The Ultimate Guide

Hiking is an activity that can easily be enjoyed by just about anyone due to the variety of terrain available. If you’re a beginner, you can find more mellow, short hikes that are not too steep or technical. If you’re a hiking veteran, you can find the steepest, gnarliest hikes leading you to the middle of nowhere, sleeping under the stars listening to the many sounds of nature.  Besides figuring out how to dress for a hike and selecting the right gear, choosing the right hiking boots and shoes is an important part of preparing for your next trail adventure. Whatever

Best Salomon Trail Running Shoes

We’ll save you some time—if you’re looking for a plush, cushioned shoe, look elsewhere (like the Hoka One One, for example). Salomons are known for their firm, responsive runners that give your feet a good feel for the ground. Of all the Salomon trail running shoes reviewed, we found the Salomon Speedcross 6 GTX to be the best overall for their versatility and comfort. Whether you’re looking for the best Salomon shoes for hiking, winter running, or want to find the most affordable ones—this detailed guide is for you. THE TOP SALOMON TRAIL RUNNING SHOES REVIEWED Best all-around: Salomon Speedcross 6 GTX

Best Hiking Boots for Men and Women

If you've ever had a blister, you know just how debilitating those unimpressive little wounds can be. A great day's hike can be all for naught—or even worse, your trip turns into an unending succession of replacing bandages and wraps. That's why it's important to minimize your risk of any injury great or small by choosing the right pair of hiking boots. Our top pick for 2023's all-around best boot goes to the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Boots. The Renegade GTX offers hikers a mix of waterproofing, breathability, stability, and comfort. Read on to learn all about this year’s best

Christmas Socks Gift Guide 2022

The holiday season is in full swing and gift ideas that translate into smiles for your loved ones, friends, and co-workers can be a daunting task. We're going to save you that trip to the dollar store for the gift exchange party with our fabulous Christmas socks gift guide! A pair of athletic or casual socks from our collection of feet-focused brands are always an appreciated Christmas gift - especially when the socks have a quality that's built to last. You'll find unisex gift ideas, a gift for your office sock exchange, Christmas socks and much more. Best Socks to

Leather Boot Care: 3 Simple Treatment Steps

Everyone has at least one pair of leather boots in their shoe collection, whether it be a fancy lace-up like the Red Wing Shoes 6-inch Iron Ranger or a durable slip-on like the Blundstone Chisel Toe. We dress them up, dress them down and put them to the test through all kinds weather and terrain. From salted, icy roads in the winter to muddy puddles in the spring, to hot and humid summer days, our favourite leather boots can take a lot. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product

Choosing the Best Winter Boots for Winter

As we know, winter is generally colder than the rest of the seasons depending on the climate where you are living so adequate gear is imperative. Due to the more extreme temperatures, proper gear is essential for not only your comfort but for your safety too, (and of course to ensure your experience is exceptional) so make sure you’re picking the right pair of winter boots with the help of this winter boot guide. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Best overall winter boot Sorel’s Caribou Winter Boots for men are timeless classics that will keep you warm and dry from zero to 32 below. The removable 9mm recycled

9 Best Walking Sandals for Women in 2022

With so many styles and varieties to choose from, finding the right women’s walking sandals can be tricky. There are dozens of brands, technical features, and seemingly endless designs. Having a breakdown of these attributes in one place would be a dream come true, right? To help make this process easier, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best options available. Plenty of people prefer to slip on a pair of sandals rather than a pair of sneakers or bulking hiking boots. After all, sandals can often feel more freeing for the feet and help keep you cool during

10 Best Men’s Sandals for Summer 2022

With the summer heat in full swing, you may be facing the annual dilemma of finding the best sandals. Do you go for flip flops that don’t provide much support but are perfect for the beach? What about dress sandals to wear when meeting friends for happy hour? If you’re like most men, you want sandals that are more supportive than a flip flop but are still water-friendly, durable, and easy to wear. Enter the Teva Original Universal Urban Sandals. These are our best sandals overall, sporting comfortable velcro straps and rubber outsoles that stand up to the heat. Here is a

Best Long-Distance Running Shoes in 2022

When you’re running a marathon or covering long distances, you want a running shoe that will help you tackle the miles. Long-distance running shoes are built to last under high-mileage, intensive runs. Most on the market have high energy return in an effort to boost speed.This form of running requires a high level of physical endurance, extended timeframes, and long paths. We found that the best overall shoe for this strenuous activity is the Saucony Kinvara 13 running shoe. They epitomize the ideal running footwear with their cushioning and responsiveness.Here’s an in-depth look at our best long-distance running shoes. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente BEST ALL-AROUND

Best Cycling Shoes of 2022

In this guide, we’ll review the nine most competitive cycling shoes on the market and explain their strongest and weakest points. Of all our favourites, the Garneau Granite II shoes topped the list for their multitude of features and functions Why Cycling Shoes? Cycling shoes are essential to keep your feet protected and maximize the transfer of energy from foot to the pedal. In some models, the innovative closure system protects pressure points on the top of the foot. Additionally, the soles are more stiff to aid in the effective transfer of energy as you ride. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Best All-Around Cycling

Smartwool Socks Review

You may be wondering, “what separates a meh sock and a great sock?” The answer boils down to three essential criteria: materials, purpose, and construction. As it turns out, Smartwool has spent the last 28 years perfecting all three.In this article, we take a look at why the brand has been so successful at creating must-have socks. We also discuss who should consider wearing Smartwool socks, offer up our top three wardrobe picks, and answer your most pressing FAQs. Let’s jump in!Things to Consider Before Buying Smartwool SocksSmartwool socks are designed for everybody. But many people shy away after seeing

Best Brooks Running Shoes in 2022

Brooks is a pioneer in the running shoe industry. It all started when they created the world's first stability shoe in 1977, the Vantage, and began patenting different types of DNA midsole foams. From the GuideRails system that offers unobtrusive support for overpronators and neutral runners, to the 3D fit printed uppers and plush DNA foam, it’s hard to beat the features of Brooks running shoes at their price point. Over the years Brooks has amassed a large following, from workers in the healthcare industry who spend all day on their feet, to road and trail runners alike. For our top

6 Stylish Premium Leather Boots for Men 2022

Put away the boat shoes and sandals and stand out this fall with a sophisticated pair of leather boots for men. Whether you're looking to polish up an old pair so they're looking shiny new or you're on the hunt for something new, tackle 2022 fashion trends with style. From lace-up styles to slip on's, we've got a variety of models from your favourite brands. Dress up a sleek pair of lace-up boots like the Viberg Service Boot for a late-night dinner date, or go for a stroll in the woods with your best four-legged companion in the rugged Chisel Toe.

Our Fave New Spring Sneakers

With the warmer weather rolling in, we are excited to get outside - but wearing what, exactly? Tops and bottoms are simple enough, and like everyone, we’re looking for shoes - spring sneakers, to be exact. In fact, we want our kicks to be on-trend, comfy and durable. And maybe a bit of running-centric versatility, in case we want to sweat off that backyard barbecue. Faced with all these choices and criteria, we thought better to enlist some real style pros for tips. So who better than two Altitude Sports Buyers for advice on what they’re wearing this spring and

How to Choose the Best Rain Boots

There's nothing more unpleasant than starting your morning by stepping in a puddle and spending the rest of the day with wet feet. Regardless of the season, avoid the discomfort of a day with soggy, wet feet and invest in the best pair of rain boots. Whether you're beating the spring or fall days of drizzle or navigating the slush puddles of winter, a reliable pair of rain boots is a must. With numerous brands creating their own designs, waterproof boots are available in a variety of colours, styles and sizes. With so many options, it can be difficult to

Best Rain Boots for Women for 2022

When you glance at the upcoming week’s weather and see a forecast of rain, what’s your first thought? If you have the best rain boots in your closet, it won’t change your plans too much. If not, you’re likely calculating how to stay inside as much as possible. But with a trusty pair of rain boots, the weather doesn’t have to stop your next move. With styles ranging from knee-highs to classic Chelsea ankle boots, rainwear can be both stylish and functional. A good pair of rubber rain boots keeps your feet dry and comfortable through afternoon showers and wet,

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