Have you struggled with deciding which boots are best for you? Did you know that different outsoles and design patterns are better in different conditions? We are here to help you with these tough decisions. Different terrains call for much different attributes in your footwear! Each unique landscape brings a different test for your feet. From rocks to pavement, and from sand to asphalt, we will explore the different features to look for in your everyday footwear. We broke it down into two different categories; all terrain and urban. Each brining it’s fair share of differences and demands. Below are 7 important bullet points to look for when deciding on which Bates product to purchase to each terrain!
All Terrain: The Bates GX-8 is the perfect example for all of these attributes! (Other great all terrain Bates options include Shock, Shock FX, Velocitor FX, Cobra)
• Look for a lug system outsole that offers you versatility for all kinds of terrains (rocks, sand, jagged edges, etc.)
• Make sure there are molded reinforcements on the boot to provide you the extra ankle support necessary for all day wear
• The nylon panels in the boot should be durable and abrasion resistant
• Your lacing system should allow you quick adjustability as the foot shape is affected by the temperature and activity – a speed lacing system is highly recommended!
• Your boots should have strong upper materials that don’t wear easy and are ready to tackle any environment or field conditions you expose them to
• Look for increased padding around the collar and Achilles notches for added comfort and flexibility for when you are on uneven terrain
• We recommend a taller boot for all terrain to give you increased support and protection from the elements
Urban: The Bates Raide is purpose built to get you through all day wear with never ending comfort! (Other great urban Bates options include: Code 6.2, Charge, Velocitor)
• First and foremost, look for a comfort-based product
• Base your search around products with EVA platforms, wedge outsole designs, and comfort technologies
• Look for a durable rubber outsole with tread design that gives you grip on multiple surfaces (concrete, asphalt, brick, etc.)
• Ventilated materials are key, they offer more breathability in the upper of your boot
• Again, make sure there are molded reinforcements on the boot to provide you extra ankle support for all day wear
• The boot leathers should be easy to maintain and ones that can handle multiple environments, including waterproof options
• We recommend a lower height boot for urban settings as they provide more breathability and increased mobility for all day wear and increased options for styling
Check out batesfootwear.com for all of the above boots and other options that will fit for your every day use!