We're not going to run an in-depth review of the Aldi walking
boots that go on sale from tomorrow, 17 April, 2008 as
part of Aldi's special buys walking range, but we were intrigued by a
25-quid boot with a Vibram sole unit...
So are they rubbish? Well, let's start with the raw spec, which
isn't half bad for a pair of boots costing £25 and includes that
Vibram outsole, Cordura and suede uppers, a Ten-Tex, really,
waterproof liner, PVC toe and heel reinforcement. Weight is 1300
grammes for a pair of size 43.
They look fine in an early Hi-Tec sort of way and details like the
lace fittings and that Vibram sole unit are convincing. Unfortunately
Aldi has metaphorically shot itself in the foot with the cheap and
nasty footbed supplied with the boots.
It's basically just a flat, felt thing and gives your feet
absolutely no support at all. Combined with what feels like quite a
basic last, it left our feet swimming around inside the boot and
allowed our heel to lift and rock around. Not good on rougher ground
and not good full stop in fact.
As an experiment, we bunged in a set of Superfeet Green footbeds
and they instantly transformed the feel of the boot. both by reducing
the volume and supporting arches and heels securely. With the
Superfeet in place, the boots felt stable and useable whereas before we'd have
paid money not to wear them.
They're still quite basic, but with a better footbed, we'd happily
use them for country ambles and we reckon Aldi would have been better
off speccing a decent footbed rather than the big name sole unit.
Overall with a better footbed the Aldi boots weren't bad and at
the price were great, with the stock footbed though, we'd give them a
miss. Overall it underlines what we've always said, which is that
footwear is one area where it makes no sense to skimp on quality -
poorly fitting boots can ruin your day with a constant littany of
We'd be more inclined to buy from Aldi's clothing range where
cheap and cheerful won't end in blisters. Not bad, but if they fit
you and you fancy some budget boots, make sure you swap those
footbeds out for something more supportive. Oh, and the Vibram sole?
Felt fine to us.
More from www.aldi-stores.co.uk,
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