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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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

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

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

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 -

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

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

Tired of Your Hiking Shoes Failing You? Salewa MTN Trainer GTX Reviewed

Let’s be honest here, we need gear that can actually withstand the rough conditions that we put them through. Now let's be really honest, most gear won't last and perform at the standards we expect. As a photographer, I’m willing to go the extra mile for the shot and I need shoes that will take me there. Trying to find shoes that fit right out of the box is not an easy task either, but luckily I think I found a pair that ticks most of the boxes. Hiking shoes I’ve had in the past have done the job but

The Best Women’s Footwear For Fall 2019

Summer went by in a flash, and suddenly we’re well into September. While dropping temperatures can be a downer for some, it’s also the best time of year for you to explore the coolest fall footwear trends. And less-than predictable weather isn’t a problem when there are so many types to choose from. So whether you’re looking for something durable to wear while you head off on a forest hike, or are in the market for cute boots or high-end shoes to rock in the urban jungle, we've got what you’re looking for with our selection of the best women's

Head and Feet in the Clouds: Hit Your Personal Best with On Running Shoes

On was born in the Swiss Alps. Although a run through Maisonneuve Parc in Montreal or through the trails at Canmore, Alberta might be less glamorous, it’s with runners in mind that innovators at On have done the unimaginable. Pushing the boundaries of science, On running shoes have made the impossible possible - by showing you what it’s like to run on clouds. More On Products Explaining the CloudTec Sole A cushioned sole is always good. But a shoe with a sole that’s cushioned when you need it is even better - this is the principle on which CloudTec is

AKU Utah Top GTX Hiking Boots Reviewed

I’d never heard of Aku, a reputable brand from the Northern part if Italy in Treviso so had no bias to their products. Eager to try the Utah Top GTX Hiking boots out straight away I had to refrain my self from any long periods of time spent in them in order me for to break them in without causing any blisters. Pros: Cons: Very supportive Warm Vibram sole grips on pretty much anything Comfortable to wear Take time to wear in Heavy  So the time had come for me to really put some mileage on the Utah boots and

How To Dress Comfortably For Plane Travel

No matter the length of the flight, comfortable plane attire is a must for travelling. From running to the gate to 9 hours layovers, wearing the right outfit can make all the difference. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, you shouldn't have to choose between comfort and style. Shop our brands below for tips on flying in comfort and style all summer long. Wear Comfortable Fabrics & Materials From an itchy collar to heavy fabric, the little details make all the difference. Several factors can contribute to your comfort when travelling by plane. One of the most important things

Chaco Sandals For Summer Outdoors

Searching for the best all-around outdoor sandals for summer in Canada? Chaco could be your brand. Known as "Chacos," the legendary footwear company has built a reputation thanks to its simple, durable, and adjustable sandals fitted with a single webbing strap. Below, we've curated the best Chacos for beaches, pools, hiking trails, and water sports. These provide you with the functional comfort and support you need for walking long-distances and many summers of strenuous wear.  They come in a range of styles for the whole family, and with both the normcore and fashion communities adopting their signature chunky midsoles -

Get To Know ACC Running Coach Aurelie: Shoes, Travels & More

We started ACC as a running club any level of runner could join while promoting good vibes and an inclusive community – a community that runs together every Wednesday at 6 PM. Even though ACC operates at a 'social pace,' we wanted a professional on board to teach proper techniques, give fitness advice, and help runners find shoes that work for their feet... Enter ACC Running Coach Aurélie Collette. With over a decade of experience as a marathoner and trainer of triathletes, Aurélie helps you improve your running stride. We sat down with her to learn more about her role

Finding the Perfect Running Shoe

Competitive running was later used for entertainment as it became a part of religious festivals such as the Tailteann Games in Ireland and then the Olympic Games which date back to 776 BCE in Greece. Nowadays running is often used as stress relief, for exercise and for some, an enjoyable hobby.It’s no surprise that it is the ‘world’s most accessible sport’ for the fact that you can do it pretty much anywhere on land you please. Running is a sport practiced around the world by people of all ages. Shop Our Running Collection Common Questions When Buying Running ShoesWhat shoe

Keen Venture Mid Waterproof Boots: Tested in the Mountains

I awoke at the trailhead to the gentle sounds of raindrops tapping on my windshield. It’s spring in the east and it seems we haven’t seen more than a few hours of sunlight in the past few weeks. Snowmelt and steady rain make for muddy trails and swollen river crossings, the perfect setting to test out Keen’s new Venture Mid Waterproofs. With a quick breakfast in me, I laced up the boots and hit the trails. Shop Keen Venture Mid Our review of the Keen Venture Mid Waterproof Pros: Slim profile and comfortable soles Plenty of ankle support Sealing and

New UGG Women’s Sandals for Summer in Canada

Cozy sheepskin lined footwear and women’s winter boots - that’s how UGG built its reputation in Canada, the United States, and beyond. When most of us think of the brand, we see people (mostly women) walking around campuses, offices, or cities in the ultra-warm suede boots during the colder months, not summer sandals. But sandals are what we’re talking about - more specifically the new UGG Braelynn and Jane Patent women’s styles.  This brings us to the company’s newest 2019 summer collection, which happens to offer sandals and slides perfect for summer in North of the Border. Get ready to

You Can Have it All – Ultra Fastpack III Trail Runners by The North Face

The right pair of shoes makes all the difference when getting outside and active. This is especially true of trail running, where you push your limits on demanding terrain and not always in the easiest weather conditions. The Ultra series by The North Face features their Fastpack models, designed for runners looking to devour the trails while bettering their performance. Shop the Collection Mix the protection of a hiking boot with the flexibility of a running shoe – this is the gambit The North Face took on when designing their Fastpack products. The secret to making it work is an

The Ultimate Guide to GORE-TEX

GORE-TEX has made a name for itself within the outdoor industry and even in the fashion world too. It is not uncommon to see GORE-TEX on the labels of high-end fashion coats, technical outerwear, fashion and outdoor footwear and even bags and backpacks. It’s everywhere! When you purchase a product made of GORE-TEX you’re purchasing their “GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY” promise. What is GORE-TEX? GORE-TEX is a thin membrane oozing with amazing characteristics. There are over 9 billion pores per square inch, each home to the waterproof characteristics those who shop for GORE-TEX are interested in. Each pore within

Well Worth It: Shopping for High-End Footwear

Buying high-end footwear might seem like an extravagance, but never under-estimate a good pair of shoes or boots built to last. We love these five luxury footwear brands. They’re full of style, but more importantly they are built on comfort, quality and durability. Discover our urban footwear collection Grenson Grenson continues to offer elegant leather shoes and boots more than 150 years after their founding in Northamptonshire, England. Infusing a touch of their British heritage in each model, the brand has an array of styles from brogues to hybrid sneakers, each with signature oversize punch detailing. Whether you choose the

Manitobah Mukluks: Where Style meets Tradition

When something works you don’t mess with it. Update it, sure, but keep true to what makes it a success. Manitobah Mukluks figured out how to keep feet warm in snowy, cold weather by looking back at traditions and techniques from the First Nations peoples of Canada. The demand for this warm, innovative footwear, plus a forward-looking social ethos means a booming company that is a true Canadian success story. Sean McCormick, a Métis from northern Manitoba, launched a venture in 2007 replicating the mukluks he wore as a child. The concept behind Manitobah Mukluks was simple: leverage the sknow-how

10 Essentials for a Tropical Vacation

Shop Travel Tropical Vacation EssentialsFor the folks who cringe at temperatures dropping below zero in the forecast, you’re most likely looking for any opportunity to pack up your suitcase with your favourite swimsuit, sandals, sunglasses, sunscreen and of course inflatable flamingo, all ready for you to head for tropical beaches and fruity drinks at the swim-up bar. Vitamin D and vitamin sea await those who dream of a tropical getaway.To help you out, here’s our list of top 10 tropical vacation essentials – plus a couple of helpful reminders. From swimsuits to sandals to sunglasses to hats, beach essentials and

BOGS Women’s Snowday Tall Insulated Boots Reviewed

Canadian winters have never been kind to my feet.  Managing snow, rain, ice and keeping warm is has been a continual struggle for me.  As a photographer in a small ski town, I find myself hiking through snowbanks to get the perfect shot, needing solid footing and grip to walk my puppy, and above all be a cozy retreat for my toes after long days skiing.  I promised myself I would never spend another winter switching from rubber boots, to mukluks, to riding boots and back again. When my new Bogs Snowday Tall Insulated Boots arrived, I knew I could

Our Five Most Popular Dr. Martens Boots

Best Because of QualityHere at Altitude Sports, we’ve compiled a list of our most popular Dr. Martens boots and shoes. These best-selling Doc’s are made from the finest leather and vegan leather and have the premium fabrication that separates them in look and design. Below are the five women’s, men’s, and unisex models our customers – and the rest of the world – can’t get enough of. Shop Dr. Martens Women’s 1460 Smooth Leather Boots Good news, the classics are always in style. These counterculture icons have the original Dr. Martens 8-eye boot design but with a narrower women’s-specific fit.

Keen Men’s Pyrenees Boots Reviewed

Since the arrival of my brand new set of Keen Pyrenees boots, I’ve been incredibly excited to put them to the test. This will be the second set of Keens I’ve owned (previous being winter hikers) and I am already familiar with the quality build and comfort of the brand. Buy These Boots Our review of this product The pros are: Comfortable Waterproof Ankle Support Durable The cons are: Heavy for some After wearing them inside for a day and a few evening strolls, I figured they’d be up to the task of their first 30km hike. Nestled in southern

Interview with Jean-Philippe Lalonde, Lifestyle Footwear Program Manager at Salomon

Salomon is best known for their trail running shoes. Ever been to a trail race? Most athletes will be sporting Salomons. It’s not for nothing they’re a major player in that universe. Over the last couple of years, Salomon is being seen in a distinctly different environment: the city. From Montreal’s hip Mile End to the runways at Paris Fashion Week, you see them hitting the pavement everywhere. During our visit to Salomon HQ in Annecy, France, we had the pleasure to talk about this phenomenon with Jean-Philippe Lalonde, the Lifestyle Footwear Program Manager. Shop Salomon View this post on

Salomon Annecy Trip Photo Recap

Salomon is known for their trail running shoes. Go to any trail race, and it’ll likely be the brand most worn by athletes. They are the leading trail running brand after all. But in the past 2 years, Salomon shoes started to appear in a different environment: the city. You can spot them in the hip Mile-End neighborhood of Montreal, in the most trendy sneaker boutique or on Paris fashion runway. We travelled to Salomon HQ in Annecy to learn more about the phenomenon and meet the team behind their fashion footwear collection. And there couldn't have been a better