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OUTDOOR SHOES - THE IDEAL COMPANION FOR NATURE ENTHUSIASTS

Outdoor shoes should be stable, comfortable and pleasant to wear in order to provide your foot with a secure hold on any surface. With the right outdoor sports shoe, you are well equipped for your trip into the wilderness.

HIKING BOOTS, TREKKING BOOTS OR RATHER MOUNTAIN BOOTS?

Hiking shoes, mountain running shoes, approach shoes or mountain boots - the choice is yours. Light outdoor shoes with a smooth sole or shallow tread are suitable for light walks on paved forest floors or dirt paths. Depending on the model, they may also have a waterproof surface so that you can get home dry-footed even in wet weather.Hiking shoes are a transitional model between lightweight outdoor shoes and sturdy hiking boots. They can be used for sporting activities and long hikes.

They offer you more stability than casual shoes, but are lighter and more flexible than hiking boots. A cushioning sole makes them very comfortable to wear, even over long periods of time. Hiking shoes are usually waterproof and available as low shoes or boots. For demanding mountain tours, your foot needs a lot of support and protection. Muddy trails, stony scree and slippery rocky ground require a sturdy mountain boot. With a high shaft, this boot not only gives your feet stability, but also your ankles. A particularly grippy sole profile prevents slipping and gives you a secure step.

THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOUR FEET

Uncomfortable, ill-fitting outdoor shoes can make walking a misery, especially when you're out for several hours. A comfortable outdoor trainer protects you from injury and gives your feet optimal support on any surface. It makes sense to buy your shoes a little bigger. For example, if you will be wearing thick hiking socks. As a rule, you should choose a half to a full shoe size larger for your outdoor sports shoes than for your everyday shoes. Padding in the heel area increases comfort and flat seams prevent uncomfortable chafing.

FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS PROTECT YOU FROM WIND AND WEATHER

At Keller Sports you will find premium outdoor shoes made from a wide range of materials. In the area of upper materials, a rough distinction can be made between leather and synthetics. Leather is a natural raw material and therefore very robust and adaptable. Leather shoes are particularly breathable and prevent excessive sweating of the feet during physically demanding tours. However, outdoor shoes made of leather are usually somewhat heavier than synthetic shoes.

Synthetic outdoor shoes can be made of nylon, synthetic leather, rubber or polyester, or a mixture of these materials. They are flexible and also water-repellent. Depending on the material, breathability may be lower. Light outdoor and trekking shoes are usually made of polyester or nylon materials. Sturdy mountain boots, on the other hand, are available in both leather and synthetic versions.

Breathable membranes in the shoe transport perspiration to the outside, allowing fresh air to reach your feet and thus ensuring a pleasant foot climate. Waterproof outdoor shoes are suitable for activities in wind and weather. The waterproof membranes also allow your feet to breathe. The workmanship of the seams also has an influence on the waterproofness of the shoe - few and also taped seams hardly let any moisture through, so that your feet stay nice and dry during marches through puddles, mountain streams and snow.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF OUTDOOR SHOES

Shoes for outdoor use have to be able to do a lot and withstand even more. Depending on the material used, there are the following advantages and disadvantages.

ADVANTAGES:

  • high wearing comfort
  • breathable
  • robust and durable
  • give the foot a secure hold even on difficult terrain

DISADVANTAGES:

  • depending on the category, the shoe may only be suitable for one type of sport

A STRONG PARTNER FOR YOUR OUTDOOR EXPEDITIONS

You should take plenty of time to choose the right outdoor shoe, and it pays to think very carefully about the conditions that will prevail on your outdoor tour. Discover the latest models in the Keller Sports online shop and find strong companions for your next outdoor adventure!

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