Step out in comfort this year with the innovative new Alta boot from Hanwag, a lightweight trekking boot specifically developed to offer relief to outdoor enthusiasts suffering from bunions. Cobbled on a new, specially developed bunion last that provides extra space around the big toe joint, the Alta’s specialist fit is combined with Hanwag’s legendary quality for comfortable and fatigue-free walking.
Around 15 million people in the UK are reported to suffer from bunions, a condition that can cause certain shoes or boots to be painful and uncomfortable. During long walks or treks, ensuring that boots fit comfortably is crucial. Rather than having to buy a wider boot or size up, the Alta’s innovative design minimises pressure on the big toe joint yet fits comfortably and securely around the rest of the foot and ankle. Allowing users to enjoy outdoor pursuits in comfort, the Alta’s bunion specific design prevents rubbing that can lead to soreness or blisters.
Available in both male and female models, the Alta’s low weight and flexible sole make it ideal for long walks in the great outdoors. A Vibram® Ultra Grip sole with full-length cushioning and a heel shock absorber reduce fatigue while Deep Pull lacing provides a secure ankle fit for increased comfort. Hanwag’s Air Pulse System helps to channel hot air out of the boot, keeping feet cool while walking.
Constructed from durable waxed nubuck, the Alta also features a soft chrome-free leather lining that promises maximum comfort from the first wear. As well as being better for the environment, the chrome-free leather is also suitable for people with allergies or sensitive skin.
New for 2013 from German outdoor footwear specialist Hanwag is the Alta Bunion, a boot targeted specifically at walkers suffering from bunions and built on a new, specially developed bunion last that provides extra space around the big toe joint.
Some 15 million people in the UK are reckoned to suffer from the condition which can cause pain and discomfort particularly on longer walks. The idea behind the Alta was to create a boot that accommodated bunions with extra space in key areas, but with a normal fit elsewhere and using Hangwag's high quality materials and construction.
The alternative is often for sufferers to buy boots which are wider than normal or to go up in size to accommodate the bunion, which generally means a poor fit elsewhere on the foot and a less than perfect level of comfort and stability.
As you can see from the image on the left, the Alta's special last - the plastic foot form that the boot is built around - incorporates extra volume in that important toe area compared to a standard last, but is identical elsewhere with the special fit avoiding rubbing that can lead to blisters and soreness.
The Alta is available in both men's and women's versions and features low weight and a flexible chassis for long-distance comfort. The uppers use durable waxed nubuck and the Alta also features a soft chrome-free leather lining.
Underfoot there's a Vibram® Ultra Grip sole with full-length cushioning and a heel shock absorber, while up top Deep Pull lacing helps to ease the foot back into the heel of the boot and Hanwag's s Air Pulse System is claimed to to channel hot air out of the boot, keeping feet cool while walking.
Not the most glamorous comcept ever it's true, but if you suffer from bunions and are looking for a walking boot that will maximise your comfort when walking, it's definitely worth a look.
More information at www.hanwag.de/schuh-detail.php?shoe_id=251.