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.
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.
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.