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Choose your perfect pair of boots

Allow us to assist in choosing your most indispensable hiking buddy...your boots!


Before you even go shopping for boots you need to ask yourself what you’ll be using them for. Day hikes on well-marked trails are relatively easy on your body. But lugging a huge pack through the remote Cederberg for days or weeks requires some serious support.


For day hikes in dry conditions


More than half of Mzansi is blessedly dry in winter, so there’s no need for waterproof boots if you’re planning a short sortie in the Magaliesberg in July. The K-Way Men’s Tundra Hiking Boots features breathable uppers and excellent all-round support at a very pocket-friendly price. In a similar caliber is the oh-so-fetching K-Way Women’s Strata Boots, breathable inner linings means this boot is moisture vapour permeable, while a steel shank and firebrand reinforcement provide excellent stability and flexibility without skimping on excellent grip action.


For longer hikes on established paths


Boots made from lightweight, synthetic materials are more comfortable out of the box, and they also require less energy to walk in than all-leather badboys. The K-Way Men's Edge Boots offer fantastic ankle-support and all-day comfort in a lightweight package. The waterproof membrane will make those pesky river crossings more pleasant. Ladies fret not…there’s also a women’s version.


For veritable mountain goats


If you’re going to be hiking in more remote places, with heavier loads and for longer periods, you’ll need to invest in some 4x4 tyres. When it comes to performance and value-for-money the K-Way Men’s Kilimanjaro Boots is quite simply in a class of its own. Featuring a combination of suede and nubuck leather, a superior Vibram outsole and a high-spec membrane that keeps water out but also allows perspiration to escape, the Kilimanjaro is built to withstand anything Africa can throw at it. Female mountain goats should consider the K-Way Women’s Kilimanjaro ’16 Boot.


One last thing


Once you’ve settled on a boot, getting a good fit is essential. Boots should be snug enough that your heel doesn’t lift when you walk, but there must also be ‘wiggle room’ in the toebox to ensure your toes don’t bash into the front of your boots on steep down-hills. Our expert footwear assistants are trained to help you find the perfect pair and they’ll also be able to advise on suitable socks for your needs.


Happy hiking!

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