Tips: choose the best down comforter

Thermal properties, thickness, softness, composition … or base in down comforter reviews click here, not easy to find the down comforter that best fits our needs … What are the criteria to evaluate when choosing your down comforter? What are the best down comforter?

When it comes to sleep, we often think carefully choose the pillows and mattress. But the down comforter is also important: for restful sleep, you have to feel good in bed, having neither too hot nor too cold.

A good mattress, a good pillow and a good duvet are the secrets of a perfect sleep!

Choosing a duvet: Heat index and size

Before choosing the duvet suitable, ask the right questions. In what dimension must be my comforter? Heat Index what do I prefer?

Size and movements

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What category of walking shoes is right for you? (Part 2)

walking shoes with solid sole

6. Category B and B / C, high walking shoes with solid sole

In this category you will find the mountain walking shoes with a high shaft that gives good support to the ankles. The upper is stiffer and stronger than at A or A / B shoes gives your feet more protection in harsher conditions.

The sole of the B and B / C category is fairly stiff and bends only at the widest part of the shoe. This gives you the feeling as if the shoe “naturally” unrolls. Furthermore, the sole provides extra cushioning so you also will feel less unevenness of the ground like stones.

The profile sole is more rigid, combining good grip and good wear resistance in the field. The sole is by the rubber composition of the wear-resistant than a shoe from the A or A / B category

If you recognize yourself in one of the following rules then a shoe from the B or B / C category is for you:

  • You walk in the mountains with a heavy backpack which is greater than 35 liters and more than eight kilograms
  • You are moving like and many outside the paths through which you come into uneven terrain.
  • You’re like a lot of support around your ankles and find it pleasant to walk in a sturdy shoe
  • You look for a sturdy shoe, while life is more important than comfort
  • I’m going to do a course or mountain hiking holiday with hiking boots from the B or B / C category are required or recommended

7. Category C, high, heavy shoes with a slightly flexible sole.

In the C category you will find the heavier hiking boots with uppers of leather rigid or sturdy plastic makes the shoe is very robust and provides good protection for your feet under harsher conditions.

The shoe in the C category is the transition between the walking shoes and the ‘real’ crampon hard boots.

heavy shoes with a slightly flexible sole

The stiff sole in this type is described as crampon Safe or limited crampon firm. Among the shoes from the category C can tie a lightweight flexible crampon. The damping is based on the fact that the shoe is suitable for a trip with a heavy backpack making it inadvisable for everyday use.

If you recognize yourself in one of the following rules then a shoe from the C category is for you:

  • I’m looking for boots for very rough terrain and off the track
  • I walk a lot in the mountains where the paths cease and the terrain turns into stone, gravel and snow fields
  • I use occasionally flexible crampons to stabbing a snowfield or small piece of glacier
  • These shoes I never use just to walk along
  • I walk in the mountains where I occasionally come to a via ferrata or where walking becomes climbing
  • I’m going to do a course with alpine climbing boots from the C category are required

8. Category D, high, heavy boots with completely stiff sole.

In the category D shoes you will find the heavy crampon solid shoes with a stiff sole and complete a solid high shaft, designed for heavy climbing in high alpine terrain. On these shoes you can, by completely stiff sole walk not only climbing.

The upper work is made up of very heavy leather or plastic or a combination of both. Between the sole construction is located a steel or rigid plastic plate so that a normal foot motion is not possible.

If you recognize yourself in one of the following rules then a shoe from the D category for you:

  • I’m looking for boots that are fully crampon firm with which I can rock or waterfall climbing and can walk on a glacier
  • I’m going to do a downhill course where D shoes are necessary

9. Category E, expedition shoe for high mountaineering.

The shoes from the E category are so-called expedition shoes with an extra stiff sole, and extra sturdy construction. In addition, these extreme shoes have extra insulation, which is usually obtained by an insulating removable inner shoe.

Shoes from the E category today are always made of plastic.

expedition shoe for high mountaineering

If you recognize yourself in one of the following rules then a shoe from the E category for you:

  • I am an experienced mountaineer and I need shoes for heavy and high climb.
  • I participate in an expedition to Mount Everest to reach the top.

At The Footwear Company contains a large amount of A and A / B shoes and a limited amount of B shoes. The Footwear Company focuses primarily on the walkers and not the mountaineers. Shoes category [What category of walking shoes is right for you? (Part 1)] C, D and E, you will therefore not find very popular.


This entry was posted on January 15, 2016, in Shoes.

The best walking shoes brands

The best walking shoes brands

That long-distance walks need good walking shoes. Therefore, we look for the best walking shoes at the moment.

Walking shoes from the best brands specialized in this type of shoes, but there are also walking shoes that are very affordable. Look below for the best brands which provide best walking shoes for women and best walking shoes for men too.


Meidl’s shoes are excellent walking and outdoor shoes which are sold each year more than a few millions. Meidl makes all kinds of walking shoes, and everything is of the best quality.


A leading German brand in walking shoes and outdoor shoes. Lowa’s walking shoes are top quality shoes with optimum comfort, grip, cushioning and support.


Merrell is a leading brand in walking shoes. They are comfortable and lightweight shoes that can take a beating and keep your feet comfortably dry. Very good walking shoes!


Salomon is one of the best manufacturers of outdoor shoes. Especially the Salomon shoes are often praised. Salomon walking shoes provide particularly good grip on wet and slippery surfaces.



The German Hanwag is a real specialist. They make walking shoes, hiking boots and other outdoor footwear of the highest quality.


Tecnica is an Italian shoe brand that is known for their excellent outdoor shoes. Within the extensive range ,Tecnica’s shoes are also excellent walking shoes.

The North Face

A label sportswear and outdoor clothing makes it particularly good hiking shoes.

Peak Performance

Peak Performance is a sportswear brand that is well known in winter sports and sports such as golf and running. But Peak Performance also makes excellent walking shoes.

Panama Jack

Panama Jack was originally a true specialist in walking shoes. Nowadays, this brand also provide many other shoes, but the expertise of walking shoes is never lost. Recommended!


Teva makes outdoor sports shoes. In the range are also lots of good walking shoes.


British outdoor clothing brand is famous for its waterproof outdoor clothing. Good walking shoes and snow boots makes Regatta popular too. These are available best walking shoes for women, for men, and children.


As a specialist in outdoor shoes, the US Columbia of course has many good walking shoes in the range. Top Quality!



Berghaus is a British brand walking shoes, though you will not expect the German name. Berghaus is an innovative shoe brand that does a lot for the development of walking shoes and outdoor shoes. These shoes are top quality.

Jack Wolfskin

Germany Jack Wolfskin is a real outdoor shoes specialist. Besides outdoor shoes and clothing for example, they also make sleeping bags, tents and suitcases, Jack Wolfskin walking shoes are also real strong walking boots that can withstand the toughest conditions.

Camel Active

Like many brands there are also walking shoes from the Camel Active hiking boots from Germany. They are excellent walking shoes from a brand specialist in outdoor shoes which is for sale all over the world.


Grisport in the Netherlands is known for its work boots and safety shoes, but this Italian shoe manufacturer also makes very nice and good walking shoes and hiking boots. Grisport walking shoes are affordable and very good quality.

New Balance

New Balance is now best known for its beautiful sneakers but originally it is a manufacturer of running shoes and walking shoes. And these shoes, they still have them in their collection. Nice and good quality, as we love walking shoes  from the UK New Balance.

New Balance


The Swiss Rieker shoes are known for their high level of wearing comfort. They are extremely lightweight, flexible shoes with good shock absorption that are very well calculated on the expansion of the feet while walking or traits for hiking. Rieker also has excellent and very comfortable hiking shoes in the range.


The outdoor footwear brand Keen is a real specialist in shoes that can be used in extreme conditions. So Keen walking shoes for example, have a reinforced toe. Keen also makes many hiking sandals, with the famous Keen Newport sandal as most major Keen walking shoe.


British walking shoes with a Dutch technology. Hi-Tec makes athletic shoes, outdoor shoes and boots of high quality.


Dachstein Outdoor Gear is an Austrian outdoor shoe brand that makes excellent walking shoes and hiking boots. Dachstein shoes suitable for mountain hiking in tough conditions, but also just for a brisk walk.


Affordable good walking shoes for men and women. Kaikkialla (Finnish for “anywhere”) allows low and high walking shoes, hiking boots and sandals.


Originally German outdoor brand (now Italian) is particularly famous among mountain climbers and hikers. Salewa makes in the field of shoes especially walking shoes, deal hiking boots for hiking in mountainous area for men, women and children.

Mountain Peak

Are you looking for very cheap walking shoes? Take a look at Mountain Peak shoes. These are quite cheap. Of course, the quality can not compete with the luxury brands.

This entry was posted on January 5, 2016, in Shoes.

What is a good walking shoe?

What is a good walking shoe

What is a good walking shoe?

What an important question when you want to buy new walking shoes. If you are in the store or search online, you will see that there are walking shoes and sandals which are available in all shapes and sizes. Especially when you first walking shoes or boots goes out. No worries! We will explain what things are important in selecting the best walking shoe for you [What category of walking shoes is right for you].

Good walking shoes: which surface?

The perfect walking shoe does not exist. It just depends on where you want to go. Are you planning to climb the Mont Blanc or are you going to make a wilderness journey? A shoe for mountain must simply fulfill more different requirements than if you venture into endless sands. Think of stiffness of the shoe, waterproofing and settlement. This does not mean that you have the same shoes which is used in the mountains like a shoe that is used to walk in a city like Paris. Ask yourself whether you would rather support in rough terrain or just a simple settlement for flat walks.

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This entry was posted on January 4, 2016, in Shoes.

What category of walking shoes is right for you? (Part 1)

What kind of walking shoe is right

There are many different types of hiking boots. But what walking shoe is right for you? On this page you will find all information about the various walking and what purpose they serve. We also inform you about the breakdown of hiking boots commonly used in the Netherlands by Meindl trumped A t / m E category. After reading this information, you’ll know exactly what walking shoe is right for you and what the A t / m E category precise contents.

1. What kind of walking shoe is right for you?

You are looking for a walking shoe but which shoe is best for you now? There are lots of hiking with many different properties, how do you make your choice from there?

2. What will you use your walking shoes?

The key question we have to ask is what you are going to use walking shoes or hiking boots on, it is in fact quite a difference whether you have the mountain hiking shoes for a hike in the Alps or walking shoes to walk your dog daily or the 4th day running.

 3. Know your categories in which walking and mountaineering are classified?

Classifying categories is particularly clear. The difference between the categories is mainly in the rigidity of the sole, the support to the ankles, and the damping of the footbed.

It remains a format but is taken over by a very limited number of brands.

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This entry was posted on January 2, 2016, in Shoes.

Tips to choose the ideal walking shoes


Walking shoes

What types of hiking boots are there? Which one is best for me? You find them in all shapes and sizes, from sports to mountain sandal shoes. Which shoes you buy depends on how you want to use it. See all our tips for buying the perfect walking shoes!

Buying tips

Looking for the ideal walking shoes? Let me give you nine tips which you should pay attention to before you buy shoes.

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This entry was posted on December 30, 2015, in Tip - Trick.