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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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Winter Boot Guide

Winter Boot Guide

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...
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Winter Boot Guide

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 1964 PAC Nylon Waterproof Boots for men are timeless classics that will keep you warm and dry from zero to 32 below. The removable

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

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

Best Winter Boots For Men 2020

It’s getting close to that time of year when we need winter boots. When buying new winter boots you want the best winter boots for men around.  Consider four things when buying - waterproofness, insulation, grip, and style.Materials like waterproof nylon and GORE-TEX will keep your feet dry in wet conditions. Not only are wet feet and socks uncomfortable, but you’ll also get colder much quicker. If your boots don’t keep out the cold, then you’ll have a very hard time staying warm when temperatures drop. Lined boots will keep your feet cozy, while durable uppers block out freezing winds.

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 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 the best

Best Winter Running Shoes Reviewed for 2021

Here are our top picks for winter running shoes. Matched with merino layers from icebreaker or the Intraknit series from Smartwool, the following pairs of shoes will surely keep you warm and dry.Best Winter Running ShoesBest overall: Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX Trail Running ShoesBest for snow: Inov 8 Parkclaw 275 GTXBest for ice: Saucony Peregrine Ice+Best for trails: Salomon Sense Ride GTX Invisible FitBest minimalist shoes: Arc'teryx Norvan SL GTX TrailBest for men: Mizuno Wave Rider 23 GTXBest for women: Brooks Cascadia 14 GTXBest unisex: Salomon S/Lab XA Alpine 2How to Choose Your Running ShoesFinding the right winter running shoes

Best Hiking Shoes for 2020

Hiking shoes are one of the best pieces of gear you can bring on any hike. They provide more support and durability than regular runners. We extensively reviewed the nine best hiking shoes on the market and will present them here in this review. In terms of waterproofing, grip, traction, and lightweight function, we found the Arcteryx Aerios FL Mid GTX 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 Reliably Waterproof Grippy outsole Lightweight design LEARN MORE Product Name Quicklace

Best Hiking Boots in 2020

If you've ever had a blister, you know just how debilitating those unimpressive little wounds can be. That's why it's important to minimize your risk of any injury great or small by choosing the right pair of hiking boots. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Our Top Hiking Boots, Reviewed   Product Name Weatherproof Sturdy Stable LEARN MORE Product Name Lightweight Traction Comfort LEARN MORE Product Name Price Durability Support LEARN MORE Product Name Lightweight Stable Weather-resistant LEARN MORE Product Name Stylish Rugged Breathable LEARN MORE Product Name Versatile Breathable Waterproof LEARN MORE Product Name Stylish Gripping power Waterproof LEARN MORE Product Name Winter-read Shock-absorbant

Best Cycling Shoes of 2020

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. Best All-Around Cycling Shoes

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

Best Long-Distance Running Shoes

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 11 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.Best Long-Distance Running Shoes Reviewed: Best All-Around: Saucony Kinvara 11Best-Selling:  Asics Gel-Cumulus 21Best Cushioning: Saucony Omni ISO 2Best for Wide Feet: On CloudstratusBest for Ultra-Runners: Salomon Ultra Pro TrailWhat to Look for in Long-Distance Running ShoesFAQs for Long-Distance Running ShoesBest All-Around Long-Distance Running Shoes Saucony Kinvara 11 Running Shoes For runners looking for a flexible,

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 Ultra ProBest affordable: Salomon

Best Minimalist Running Shoes

Lightweight and close to the ground, minimalist running shoes let you truly feel the terrain and strike the ground naturally. When choosing the right shoe, considerations range from heel-to-toe drop to support and cushioning. We’ve rounded up and reviewed this year’s best minimalist running shoes to help you hit the ground running. The Trail Glove 5 Eco Shoes is our top pick overall, as they ranked well in each category we tested. Keep in mind, finding the perfect minimalist shoes isn't about our ratings or anyone else's. It's about which shoes fit best for you and how you will be

Best Trail Running Shoes in 2020

Are you shopping for the best trail running shoes for your next run? Having the right running shoes is the most vital part of racing and trail running.  We considered many shoes and tested the best eight in this guide. We found the Salomon Speedcross 5 Trail Running shoes to be the best overall.  Whether you’re looking for the most affordable, cushioned, or the best waterproof shoes—this guide is going to get you out on the trails faster than ever.  Best overall: Salomon Speedcross 5 Best affordable : Innov-8 Parclaw 240 Best waterproof : Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX Best cushioned

On the Road With Hoka One One

Just one look and you'll immediately recognize Hoka One One's iconic style. If minimalist running shoes have risen in popularity over the last decade, runners are now turning to maximum cushioning and support. Enter Hoka One One—maximalist running shoes at their best. Like Walking on Clouds Founded in 2009 by two avid runners and a former Salomon designer, Hoka One One specializes in designing shoes for mountain and road running. Supremely comfortable, their models were rapidly embraced by marathoners and runners of all levels. The brand's name means "fly over the earth" in Maori, which is an almost literal interpretation

Performance for the Streets: The Salomon Advanced Collection

For the past few seasons, comfort has regained its top spot as the number 1 criteria of urban collections. The #STAYHOME movement has only made jogging pants and orthopedic shoes more popular in spite of their previous status as ‘dad shoes.’ But for Salomon, pioneers in the world of running shoes, this is nothing new: rallying its cutting-edge technologies to bold designs, the perfect urban collection has been here all along, ready to be adopted by urban fashion enthusiasts. Born in Annecy, a city at the epicenter of the French Alps, the brand is renowned for its outdoor running shoes

Altra Running Shoes—the Rule of Three

Fixing what was broken. In his view, Golden Harper noticed something that needed to be fixed in the runner's most critical piece of equipment—too much drop from heel to forefoot in running shoes. He began creating, then selling hacked runners out of his father's workshop in Utah. Today, some 10 years later, those shoes became Altra, and Altra has exploded into a force on the international running scene to podium-level acclaim. A big part of that is how they take things three steps at a time. Lone Peak 4.5 - women Shop Lone Peak 4.5 now Good things come in

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 a good 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

Choosing the Best Snowshoes: Reviews & Guide

With all the snow we've had in winter 2020, the conditions are ideal to strap on your snowshoes and head out on an adventure. For beginners, finding the best snowshoes among all those available on the market can be a little daunting. Especially since the models offered nowadays are more specialized. You can leave the huge wooden babiche classics behind. Snowshoes have greatly evolved from a technical standpoint and are specialized according to specific types of activities. For the uninitiated, the choice can be overwhelming. Our snowshoe guide rounds up our best snowshoes by activity and explains what to keep

La Canadienne: Warm and Stylish Boots for Montreal Winters

Born in Montreal, Canada's fashion capital, La Canadienne pays tribute to its origins with its range of stylish winter boots. Elegant, sophisticated and most importantly warm, their selection has enough to please every woman's taste. Discover some of our favourite boots to get you through winter in style. Elegant High Boots Nothing compliments a dress, a skirt or a long wool coat than a pair of suede or leather high boots. Perfect for a winter's night out in the city, the Susan Boots are made from high-quality, waterproof Italian leather. The Helen Boot brings luxury isolation with its soft Shearling

Best Snowshoe Boots 2020

Have you decided that this winter is the perfect year for you to snowshoe? Good idea! Accessible and enjoyable, the activity is gaining a lot of popularity, with more and more people trying it every day. Snowshoe trails abound and models are evolving more and more, to the delight of users. Once you get your hands on the right snowshoe model, you'll need a pair of boots - or the best snowshoe boots for your needs. Some common questions are what are the best snowshoe boots to wear with snowshoes? What boots do I need for mild weather snowshoeing? What

How to Dress for Winter Running

Running during winter can be daunting. Icy paths, cold temperatures, lack of visibility, and a number of other factors can make life difficult. But with the right gear, you can beat the winter blues, so be ready when you hit the trails with this winter running guide. Finding The Right Footwear Running gurus won't stop at the sign of snow in the forecast but instead, beef up their running gear so that they can keep racking up their weekly kilometres before and after work. With the proper footwear, you too can be out there with the running gurus all winter

Kamik Kids Winter Boots Review

So we are in-between seasons here in Canada and are kicking it with our Kamik kids winter boots and a pair for mom (that's me). With a 4-year old in tow you tend to fly by the seat of your pants and have to take things as they come, ready or not. It’s a must to have boots that are easy to slip on and warm enough for our day-to-day adventures. These Kamik winter boots are top-notch with the extra-wide opening for easy access, giving my boy Kade even more independence (since 4-year olds “can do everything themselves”). Kade -

Christmas Socks Gift Guide 2019

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 Gift This

The Sorel Caribou Boot Review

Sorel Caribou Boots—The Rundown Whether it’s Arctic cold, drifting snow, treacherous ice or deep slushy puddles, the Sorel Caribou is up to the challenge. Simply put, these boots just make winter weather irrelevant to the comfort of your feet. Sorel Caribou Highest Rated Styles Sorel Caribou Waterproof Boots Women Shop now Sorel Caribou Winter Boots Men Shop now Sorel Caribou Pros and Cons 9.5 / 10 The pros are: Warm Waterproof High shaft keeps out snow The cons are: Wide footbed Limited arch support On the heavy side Wool-Lined Sorel Caribou Boots Sorel Caribou Wool-Lined Boots Women Shop now Sorel Caribou

Top 10 Stylish Premium Leather Boots for Men

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 the fall 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 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. Whichever style you

Finding the Right Hiking Boots or Shoes

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 will come across while shopping. What

The Ultimate Insulation Guide

Whether you’re planning on buying a new jacket or shopping for a new sleeping bag, you’ve probably noticed that the outerwear in stores has all kinds of mini-guides to the technology, and insulation used in making the product. It might not always be clear what the benefits to those insulators are, so here’s our ultimate insulation guide to help you choose between down and synthetic.What is Down?Down is what you find under the layer of a water bird’s feather that protects them from the cold. Unlike feathers, the down is made of multiple filaments that grow in all directions. It’s more voluminous than

A Look at the 2019 Blundstone Boot Collection

Blundstone boots are rugged, unique and authentic. The fit is very smooth and comfortable out of the box, and made even better with only slight break-in time. Treat them with the right materials and care, and they will fight off water penetration for their lifetime. Any season is right for them—winter, spring, summer and fall. They are made to the image of their native Australia and the entire Blundstone boot collection will follow you through all your adventures! Blundstone is a family business founded in 1870 in Tasmania, a small island south of Australia. The DNA of the brand is

UGG’s New Collection is Tailored for the Street and Durable for the Field

A parka and a cozy pair of boots should be warm but stylish and comfortable, too. These are pieces you’ll not only be wearing all winter, but likely in the spring and fall transitions as well. This season UGG has launched a small collection of men’s and women’s parkas. These coats are down-filled, waterproof and wind-resistant and come with a detachable nylon down vest. Although they feature tech details and durable construction, these parkas are stylish for streetwear as well as in the field. The new styles from UGG this season show that the brand has gone well beyond its

Most Popular Winter Boots for Big & Little Kids in 2020

Winter is coming and we have to start thinking about the equipment we need to get for our little ones. One of the most important parts of a winter outfit is the boots. They need to be able to keep their feet dry and warm when the snow starts to fall. They have to be solid and durable to play outside, waterproof to resist puddles, good for the city, and easy enough to put on and remove. Knowing what to look for in a good winter boot is key, and once you've done that, you can check out our most