For the 'perfect boot fit'
• Come in with your favourite pair of walking socks- Better still consider a new pair (Treat your feet!) as we have all been guilty of wearing socks far beyond their used by date
• Try to come in having spent time on your feet - ideally if you can go for a walk before coming into store your feet will be prime for fitting.
• Allow plenty of time, there are no prizes for finishing quickly. Instead take time to make the right informed decision.
• Check your nails don't need trimming, it is likely you will only get a little on the embarrassed side and they tend to get in the way ... all be it just a little.
• Be sure not to come in with fresh or healing blisters - a foot in pain is never a good starting point for a boot fit.
Most importantly - have confidence in our abilities. All staff are given full footwear fitting inductions that have come out of our years of experience as a leading Outdoor specialist, all training is also followed up on a regular basis. Not only is training provided but staff are selected based on their experience as outdoor enthusiasts, meaning your not speaking to somebody who ‘talks the talk’ but has … walked the walk!
If you find yourself lacking a pair of ankle gaiters (or if your trousers are a little long and collect in a fold on top of your boot), run your laces in opposite directions around the outside of the boot neck before tying off. Tuck the remaining lace inbetween the tongue fold and the outer neck. You can then tuck the base of your trouser up under the loop of lace at the sides and back, which will give you a few extra inches of clearance to keep your trouser leg tidy and dry in short, wet grass and through shallow streams (anything taller/deeper and you really need a gaiter). The same can be improvised with an elastic band or a military-style 'trouser twist'.
Watch out for rope burn from boot laces!
Take time to get the perfect fit
Remember, you might be walking for 8 or more hours in them in a day, so its worth spending time in them in store to make sure they are going to be right for you.
If your having problems finding the right pair, its well worth booking an appointment with your nearest store so you get a more personal fitting session.