Choosing the right type of footwear is one of the most important decisions before heading into the great outdoors. The right footwear can aid in recovery, provide lasting comfort, protect you from injury, save weight and save you money in the long run.
We offer a full complimentary fitting service to ensure that you walk out with a boot or shoe that provides the right mix between support and comfort. We offer brands such as Scarpa, Salomon, Hi-Tec, Teva, Vasque and Garmont.
There are many different styles of footwear available from low cut trail shoes, mid cut shoes for extra support without the restricted feel of a boot, and of course boots where stability and support are most important. Some are waterproof and others are made to breathe.
Some considerations that should be made when purchasing a new pair of boots or shoes:
Come into store and let one of our trained staff help decide what the best choice is for you.
At Alpsport, we recommend that everyone should use a custom foot bed for their footwear. This can improve the comfort and fit of your boots or shoes by providing extra support and stability, which will help reduce stress and fatigue.
We carry a full range of pre-made and custom mouldable footbeds to suit all shapes and sizes. Custom moulded footbeds are recommended to get the best stability and support possible as it will be suited exactly to your foot, which is required for people with flat feet, or very high arches.
If you do suffer problems with your feet we do recommend seeing a podiatrist before purchasing new footwear. Our footbeds are designed only to offer extra support and are not for correctional purposes.
The importance of good quality socks should not be underestimated. Good socks will help maintain good circulation and wick moisture away from your skin to keep your feet dry, which will help prevent chaffing and blistering and provide good cushioning for comfort and to reduce fatigue. Wigwams range can cover you in all situations whether you need extreme warmth, extra padding for heavy boots, breathable socks for active sports or warm weather and even socks with silver-weave to stop microbes growing for long trips. They are all made from either durable synthetics, or available in wool blends for natural comfort. Wigwam offers a 2 year satisfaction guarantee on all of their socks.
To get the maximum life out of a pair of boots or shoes we recommend using Nikwax treatments to help clean and maintain water repellence. Nikwax products suit all types of footwear from breathable/waterproof fabrics, to full grain leathers and suede.
For your sandals and thongs, we carry Paxton’s Sandal Saver. This is an all natural spray on treatment that will help remove odour causing dirt and bacteria.
Plus we carry shoe laces from Sierra Laces. They can be cut to length to match any type of shoe laces you need. It is a good idea to carry a backup pair on longer excursions ( they also make a good clothesline).