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EXPERT BOOT FITTING AT SNOW+ROCK

Be confident choosing the right boots for you with free in-store fitting by our trained staff


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Choosing your next pair of walking boots shouldn’t be guesswork. At Snow+Rock we offer a free, specialist in-store boot fitting service to help you pick the perfect pair of boots from our extensive range. Whether you’re hiking in the lake district, winter walking in the West Highlands, or setting your sights on an 8000m Himalayan peak, we have the right outdoor footwear for you. 


How we put you in the perfect pair of boots in four simple steps...

STEP 1: OUR EXPERT STAFF KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR

We start by casting an expert eye over your feet to identify any potential fitting issues - and at this point we’ll also provide you with a good pair of technical socks to wear during the fitting process.

STEP 2: TAKING MEASUREMENTS - LENGTH, RELATIVE WIDTH AND HEEL TO BALL

We use the Brannock Device® to accurately measure foot length, relative width, and heel-to-ball - which allows us to locate the foot’s flex point. These measurements are taken first un-weighted (seated) and then weighted (standing) – and by comparing the results we’re able to identify the degree to which the arch of the foot collapses when walking. Excessive arch collapse can cause the foot to elongate, which in turn can causes problems with fitting as the foot slides under the laces and the toes bang up against the end of the boot. In this case, it may be that an insole is necessary to provide additional support and lock the heel into place. 

Expert boot fitting 1

The Brannock Device is the standard foot measuring tool for the world’s footwear industry

STEP 3: RECOMMENDING THE RIGHT BOOT FOR YOU

Each brand has a slightly different fit, so our experienced staff will recommend two or three pairs of boots from our range that suit the size and shape of your feet and the kind of activity you’ll be doing. Choose your favourites to try on. 

STEP 4: VOLUME AND FOOT MOVEMENT

Once the boots are laced up, we’ll ask you to simply take a walk around the store to see how they feel – we’re looking for a snug fit but not so tight that they’re uncomfortable.

 

Next, it’s up on to the rough-terrain incline board. On the uphill it’s all about making sure that your heel is locked firmly into place and that there’s no lateral movement of the foot inside the boot. On the downhill we’ll ask you to pay particular attention to your toes. If you find that they’re pressed right up against the end of the boot then it could be that a heel-lift or volume reducer is necessary to improve fit. 

The rough-terrain incline board mimics a real-world mountain path

The last stage of the fitting process is checking for excess volume on the smooth incline board. We’ll ask you to stand with your toes pointing up the gradient and gently squeeze the top of the boot, across the laces – here we’re looking for a comfortable one centimetre air gap. Again, a heel-lift or volume reducer can be used to improve fit where necessary.

More than a one centimetre air gap in the top of the boot will cause the foot to slide about, especially when walking downhill

After buying

Your feet will naturally swell during a day’s activity, so once we’ve found the perfect boot for you, we recommend wearing them around the house for four hours to simulate a three to four mile walk in the hills. If after this time you experience discomfort, you can bring them back to us for further adjustments free of charge or a full refund within 30 days of purchase. You will not be able to return the boots if you have worn them outside. 

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