Footwear

It’s all about putting your best foot forward. When you’re jogging through the city streets or hiking through forest trails, you want the footwear that will get the best out of you. At Altitude Sports we’ve got running shoes, hiking boots, trail running shoes, chelsea boots and everything in between. It’s great to have choice but we want to go one step further by showing you the best footwear to choose for your activity. Discover gift guides, product reviews and all the latest in the world of footwear.

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Christmas Socks Gift Guide 2022

Christmas Socks Gift Guide 2022

The holiday season is in full swing and gift ideas that translate into smiles for your loved ones, friends, and co-workers can be a daunting task. We're going to...
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Christmas Socks Gift Guide 2022

The holiday season is in full swing and gift ideas that translate into smiles for your loved ones, friends, and co-workers can be a daunting task. We're going to save you that trip to the dollar store for the gift exchange party with our fabulous Christmas socks gift guide! A pair of athletic or casual socks from our collection of feet-focused brands are always an appreciated Christmas gift - especially when the socks have a quality that's built to last. You'll find unisex gift ideas, a gift for your office sock exchange, Christmas socks and much more. Best Socks to

Most Popular Winter Boots for Women

Looking for the best women's winter boots to take on the infamously cold Canadian winters? The choice is not easy. The warmest winter boots for women are not necessarily the biggest or thickest. There are many things to consider, such as the look, the purpose (for walking, everyday life, snowshoeing, etc.), the sole, and more.This year's winter is gearing up to look a little different than we are used to. We'll probably be spending more time at home, plowing snow, playing outside with people or finally trying out winter sports, now that we have a little more time. We reviewed

Our 6 Most Popular Blundstone Boots for 2023

Below, we’ve created a list of our 6 most popular Blundstone boots for 2023. But did you know Blundstone celebrated their 150th in 2020? And did you know that the company remains family-owned and operated in Tasmania, Australia? So why not cap this year off with a pair “Blunnies”? More than 150 years of Blundstone In 1870, John Blundstone started making footwear built for the cobbled streets, farmland, factories, and well-pounded dance floors of Australia. While Blundstone boots – affectionately known as “Blunnies” in the Outback – remain the footwear of choice for Aussie workers, their styles have gone global.

Best Winter Running Shoes for Cold Weather Runners

Cold weather running isn’t just for the pros. With the right pair of shoes, anyone can get a grip on winter running (see what we did there?). That’s why we’ve rounded up the very best winter running shoes. Read on to discover our personal favourites and essential accessories alongside tips for choosing the perfect pair to suit your needs! Our choice for the best overall winter running shoes this year goes to the S/Lab Cross 2 by Salomon. The streamlined upper is highly breathable, while the outsole features lugs that grip ice, snow and even mud when the weather starts

Leather Boot Care: 3 Simple Treatment Steps

Everyone has at least one pair of leather boots in their shoe collection, whether it be a fancy lace-up like the Red Wing Shoes 6-inch Iron Ranger or a durable slip-on like the Blundstone Chisel Toe. We dress them up, dress them down and put them to the test through all kinds weather and terrain. From salted, icy roads in the winter to muddy puddles in the spring, to hot and humid summer days, our favourite leather boots can take a lot. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product

Choosing the Best Winter Boots for Winter

As we know, winter is generally colder than the rest of the seasons depending on the climate where you are living so adequate gear is imperative. Due to the more extreme temperatures, proper gear is essential for not only your comfort but for your safety too, (and of course to ensure your experience is exceptional) so make sure you’re picking the right pair of winter boots with the help of this winter boot guide. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Best overall winter boot Sorel’s Caribou Winter Boots for men are timeless classics that will keep you warm and dry from zero to 32 below. The removable 9mm recycled

5 Best Winter Hiking Boots for Staying Warm & Dry

Hiking in the winter is a beautiful and serene experience - the fresh snow, the blue skies, the snow-capped peaks in the distance. But hiking in winter also comes with its challenges: tricky terrain, cold and uncertain weather, and the potential for wet, freezing feet. However, avoiding cold, uncomfortable feet during winter hikes is easy with the proper footwear. The best winter hiking boots, such as the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Boots, are insulated, waterproof, lightweight, and have great grip. Below, we break down all of our recommended winter hiking shoes. Best Overall Winter Hiking Boots ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Lowa Renegade GTX

9 Best Walking Sandals for Women in 2022

With so many styles and varieties to choose from, finding the right women’s walking sandals can be tricky. There are dozens of brands, technical features, and seemingly endless designs. Having a breakdown of these attributes in one place would be a dream come true, right? To help make this process easier, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best options available. Plenty of people prefer to slip on a pair of sandals rather than a pair of sneakers or bulking hiking boots. After all, sandals can often feel more freeing for the feet and help keep you cool during

Best Birkenstocks for Summer 2022

In 1774, a German cobbler named Johann Adam Birkenstock began making what is now known as the legendary Birkenstock. What made them different from other shoes was the unique footbed that cradled the foot’s natural arches. The unique contoured footbed is one of the hallmarks of today’s beloved Birkenstocks. These sandals have come to be synonymous with summer, adventure, and travel across the globe. Aside from their rich history, there’s no denying that Birkenstocks are a quality sandal. 225 years later, each shoe is created with long-lasting, good-looking materials. Not only are Birkenstocks highly versatile, but they also have shock-absorbing

10 Best Men’s Sandals for Summer 2022

With the summer heat in full swing, you may be facing the annual dilemma of finding the best sandals. Do you go for flip flops that don’t provide much support but are perfect for the beach? What about dress sandals to wear when meeting friends for happy hour? If you’re like most men, you want sandals that are more supportive than a flip flop but are still water-friendly, durable, and easy to wear. Enter the Teva Original Universal Urban Sandals. These are our best sandals overall, sporting comfortable velcro straps and rubber outsoles that stand up to the heat. Here is a

Best Long-Distance Running Shoes in 2022

When you’re running a marathon or covering long distances, you want a running shoe that will help you tackle the miles. Long-distance running shoes are built to last under high-mileage, intensive runs. Most on the market have high energy return in an effort to boost speed.This form of running requires a high level of physical endurance, extended timeframes, and long paths. We found that the best overall shoe for this strenuous activity is the Saucony Kinvara 13 running shoe. They epitomize the ideal running footwear with their cushioning and responsiveness.Here’s an in-depth look at our best long-distance running shoes. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente BEST ALL-AROUND

Best Cycling Shoes of 2022

In this guide, we’ll review the nine most competitive cycling shoes on the market and explain their strongest and weakest points. Of all our favourites, the Garneau Granite II shoes topped the list for their multitude of features and functions Why Cycling Shoes? Cycling shoes are essential to keep your feet protected and maximize the transfer of energy from foot to the pedal. In some models, the innovative closure system protects pressure points on the top of the foot. Additionally, the soles are more stiff to aid in the effective transfer of energy as you ride. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Best All-Around Cycling

Smartwool Socks Review

You may be wondering, “what separates a meh sock and a great sock?” The answer boils down to three essential criteria: materials, purpose, and construction. As it turns out, Smartwool has spent the last 28 years perfecting all three.In this article, we take a look at why the brand has been so successful at creating must-have socks. We also discuss who should consider wearing Smartwool socks, offer up our top three wardrobe picks, and answer your most pressing FAQs. Let’s jump in!Things to Consider Before Buying Smartwool SocksSmartwool socks are designed for everybody. But many people shy away after seeing

Best Hiking Boots for Men and Women

If you've ever had a blister, you know just how debilitating those unimpressive little wounds can be. A great day's hike can be all for naught—or even worse, your trip turns into an unending succession of replacing bandages and wraps. That's why it's important to minimize your risk of any injury great or small by choosing the right pair of hiking boots. Our top pick for 2022's all-around best boot goes to the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Boots. The Renegade GTX offers hikers a mix of waterproofing, breathability, stability, and comfort. Read on to learn all about this year’s best

Best Trail Running Shoes in 2022

From curvy single-tracks to rugged off-road terrain, trail running has a unique meaning for every person. However, there’s one thing all types of trail runners need: the best trail running shoes to cushion and protect their feet. We considered many shoes and tested the best eight in this guide. We found the Salomon Sense Ride 4 trail running shoes to be the best in terms of traction, advanced features, and comfort. When looking for the best trail running shoes of 2021, we scoured the market for shoes with the best cushioning, flexibility, weight, and waterproofing. We’ve found the top runners for different

Best Hiking Shoes for 2022

Whether you’re on high and dry alpine trails or wet, muddy paths, your hiking shoes are the piece of gear that matters most on any hike. They provide more support and durability than regular runners. We extensively reviewed the nine best hiking shoes on the market and present them here. In terms of waterproofing, grip, traction, and lightweight function, we found the Vasque Breeze LT LOW NTX Lightweight Waterproof Hiking Shoes to be the best all-around. Read on to find the best hiking shoes for every outdoor occasion. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente The Top Hiking Shoes Reviewed   Product Name Waterproof Grippy outsole Lightweight

Best Running Shoes in 2022

With so many models to choose from, how do you choose just one?First and foremost, you should know what kind of running you will be using your shoes for: road running or trail running? The difference is quite noticeable and will greatly influence your experience. Road running shoes are lightweight and breathable. They allow a fast and smooth stride, suitable for flat terrain. Trail running shoes are designed to support your ankle. Above all, they have a stronger sole to protect your feet against obstacles found on uneven terrain that you may encounter.Once you've identified the type of running you'll

Best Camp Slippers (or Work from Home Puffy Booties)

Is there a more unpleasant feeling than having cold feet (literally)? Whether you're working at home, enjoying winter sports at the cottage or just going about your daily life in the city, slippers are an essential part of your gear-down wardrobe. With so many styles and options available on the market, it's not easy to find the perfect pair. Luckily, we're here to make it easier for you. This guide to the best slippers will help you find the season's best products and show you everything you need to know when choosing your slippers for winter (or summer!). For versatility,

Best Salomon Trail Running Shoes

We’ll save you some time—if you’re looking for a plush, cushioned shoe, look elsewhere (like the Hoka One One, for example). Salomons are known for their firm, responsive runners that give your feet a good feel for the ground. Of all the Salomon trail running shoes reviewed, we found the Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX to be the best overall for their versatility and comfort. Whether you’re looking for the best Salomon shoes for hiking, winter running, or want to find the most affordable ones—this detailed guide is for you. THE TOP SALOMON TRAIL RUNNING SHOES REVIEWEDBest all-around: Salomon Speedcross 5 GTXRunner up: Salmon Alphacross 3Best affordable: Salomon

Best Brooks Running Shoes in 2022

Brooks is a pioneer in the running shoe industry. It all started when they created the world's first stability shoe in 1977, the Vantage, and began patenting different types of DNA midsole foams. From the GuideRails system that offers unobtrusive support for overpronators and neutral runners, to the 3D fit printed uppers and plush DNA foam, it’s hard to beat the features of Brooks running shoes at their price point. Over the years Brooks has amassed a large following, from workers in the healthcare industry who spend all day on their feet, to road and trail runners alike. For our top

6 Stylish Premium Leather Boots for Men 2022

Put away the boat shoes and sandals and stand out this fall with a sophisticated pair of leather boots for men. Whether you're looking to polish up an old pair so they're looking shiny new or you're on the hunt for something new, tackle 2022 fashion trends with style. From lace-up styles to slip on's, we've got a variety of models from your favourite brands. Dress up a sleek pair of lace-up boots like the Viberg Service Boot for a late-night dinner date, or go for a stroll in the woods with your best four-legged companion in the rugged Chisel Toe.

Choosing the right hiking footwear

Hiking is an activity that can easily be enjoyed by just about anyone due to the variety of terrain available. If you're a beginner, you can find more mellow, short hikes that are not too steep or technical. If you're a hiking veteran, you can find the steepest, gnarliest hikes leading you to the middle of nowhere, sleeping under the stars listening to the many sounds of nature. Whatever terrain you may choose, dependable hiking footwear will be your best hiking partner.Below are some of the common types of footwear for hiking you'll come across while shopping.What type of hiking

Our Fave New Spring Sneakers

With the warmer weather rolling in, we are excited to get outside - but wearing what, exactly? Tops and bottoms are simple enough, and like everyone, we’re looking for shoes - spring sneakers, to be exact. In fact, we want our kicks to be on-trend, comfy and durable. And maybe a bit of running-centric versatility, in case we want to sweat off that backyard barbecue. Faced with all these choices and criteria, we thought better to enlist some real style pros for tips. So who better than two Altitude Sports Buyers for advice on what they’re wearing this spring and

How to Choose the Best Rain Boots

There's nothing more unpleasant than starting your morning by stepping in a puddle and spending the rest of the day with wet feet. Regardless of the season, avoid the discomfort of a day with soggy, wet feet and invest in the best pair of rain boots. Whether you're beating the spring or fall days of drizzle or navigating the slush puddles of winter, a reliable pair of rain boots is a must.With numerous brands creating their own designs, waterproof boots are available in a variety of colours, styles and sizes. With so many options, it can be difficult to select

Best Winter Boots For Men 2022

It’s getting close to that time of year.  The weather gets colder, snow starts to fall, and it's time to swap the summer gear for winter's. Key amongst your winter getup is a good pair of winter boots. When it comes time to buy a new pair there are four things to consider: waterproofness, insulation, grip, and style. You can't go wrong with materials like waterproof nylon and GORE-TEX. Keeping your feet dry is essential for staying comfortable, and most importantly, warm. If you want to stay cozy, lined boots are a must, and great for blocking out freezing winds.

Best Boots for Snowshoeing

Snowshoe trails abound and models are evolving more and more, to the delight of users. Once you get your hands on the right pair of snowshoes, you'll need a pair of boots - and we've got a selection of the best snowshoe boots for your needs.Nowadays, the majority of snowshoe models easily pair with most winter hiking boots. They feature warmth, insulation and are a perfect beginning before you get into buying equipment and apparel. To maximize your comfort, here are some tips to follow to ensure your pairing is one of the best type of boots for you.Best overall bootsBest

Best Rain Boots for Women for 2022

When you glance at the upcoming week’s weather and see a forecast of rain, what’s your first thought? If you have the best rain boots in your closet, it won’t change your plans too much. If not, you’re likely calculating how to stay inside as much as possible. But with a trusty pair of rain boots, the weather doesn’t have to stop your next move. With styles ranging from knee-highs to classic Chelsea ankle boots, rainwear can be both stylish and functional. A good pair of rubber rain boots keeps your feet dry and comfortable through afternoon showers and wet,

Best Mountaineering Boots for 2021

What are Mountaineering Boots?Unlike hiking boots, mountaineering boots are designed to be used in snow and ice. Mountaineering boots can fit with a variety of crampons, and the stiffness of the sole allows for good edging. The uppers have some flexibility for climbing and a waterproof membrane for weather protection. Mountaineering boots are specifically designed to move over rough terrain and support mountaineers as they traverse vertically through ice walls and frozen waterfalls. Mountaineering boots provide extra ankle support, they tend to be heavier and more rigid than hiking boots. They’re an essential piece of kit when you’re traversing snow, glaciers,

Top 5 Gore-Tex Running Shoes

Take your running routine to the next level with GORE-TEX, the best waterproof membrane available. From torrential downpours to light drizzles, you’ll want to keep your feet dry, which is why we’ve prepared a list of the best waterproof running shoes on the market. With the right apparel and footwear, you can say goodbye to boring indoor routines on the treadmill and tackle the wet weather with confidence. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Arc'teryx Tackle slush, mud and rain in the Norvan LD GTX trail running shoes.  Designed with GORE-TEX membrane, the Norvan LD 2 fits like a glove and offers exceptional weather protection

Best Winter Boots for Kids

These days, parents can find much higher quality winter snow boots for their kids than when they were young. Gone are the days of putting plastic bags over your feet to keep out water. Now, winter snow boots for kids have advanced waterproofing technology, fit securely, are well-insulated, and have excellent traction on the outsoles. We found the best winter snow boots were the Sorel Yoot Pac Nylon Boots, which have excellent insulation, are easy to put on, and are fully waterproof. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente The Top Winter Boots for Kids Reviewed   Product Name Excellent insulation Design is easy to slip

Winter Boots Insulation Guide

Winter on a cool day can be enjoyable. Winter at its worst can be an absolute nightmare. Good or bad, winter is cold. Seems obvious, but finding the right pair of boots to take on the elements isn't. Some boots are designed to do it all while others can have a specific use based on activity and weather. There are lots of factors to consider when choosing the right winter boots, but one thing you shouldn't overlook is the type of insulation used to warm your feet. It can be a headache navigating through different winter boot insulation types. We

Best Stability Running Shoes In 2020

After reviewing the top stability running shoes on the market, we found the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 shoes were the best overall in comfort, stability, and cushioning. Below, we look at the best stability running shoes for different types of terrain and purposes. What is a Stability Running Shoe? Top Stability Running Shoes Reviewed:  Best Overall: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 Shoes Best-selling: ASICS Gel-Kayano 26 Shoes Best Premium: On Cloudace Shoes Best Lightweight: Mizuno Wave Sky Waveknit 3 Shoes Best for Training: Saucony Omni ISO 2 Shoes Most Comfortable: Salomon Predict RA shoes What to Look for in a Stability Running Shoe FAQ for Stability Running Shoes