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  • 7 AWARD-WINNING REASONS TO GET FITTED FOR WALKING BOOTS BY WHALLEY WARM & DRY


    Outdoor Independent Retailer of the Year Footwear Industry AwardsWalking boots can be too big, too small, too wide, too narrow, too deep or too shallow, not to mention the wrong shape! With all these factors and more to consider when buying walking boots, it’s easy to understand why it can sometimes feel like a costly guessing game!

    The solution? Have your feet properly measured and walking boots fitted by Whalley Warm and Dry, ‘Outdoor Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year 2017’ (Footwear Industry Awards).

    Don’t believe us? Here’s 7 award winning reasons why it pays (in comfort, money and time) to get your feet measured and walking boots fitted by us;

     

    1. SAVE MONEY

    Buying walking boots that have been properly fitted will help you to avoid the costly mistake of buying the wrong walking boots.

    Once we have measured your feet, our trained fitters can advise you on the most suitable footwear for your feet and chosen activity, this process removes the guess work on your behalf. You will no longer be faced with the arduous task of choosing between an endless selection of boots without really knowing which one is going to be the most comfortable on your next walk.

     

    2. SIZE

    Measuring feet using the brannockMost people do not know their real shoe size. According to David G Armstrong, professor of Surgery at the William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, three quarters of people wear the wrong sized footwear.

    There’s no such thing as a size for life. Your feet can change in size and shape over time, they can become wider, flatter and develop deformities that change their shape. Many people start wearing a certain size when they are younger and believe that is their size for life.

    At Whalley Warm and Dry our specially trained fitters take ten detailed measurements of your feet to identify not only your size but your width and volume too.

     

    3. STANDARDISATION

    Even if you are lucky enough to know what size you are, there’s no universal standardisation of footwear sizing – a size 10 walking boot/shoe in one brand will not necessarily be the same size or have the same fit, as a size 10 in another. Even footwear from the same brand will differ in terms of fit due to the different lasts used to make them.

    Our trained fitters use their in-depth knowledge of the brands to interpret what size will be best for you.

     

    4. SHAPE

    We adviseSize is not the only factor to consider when purchasing footwear. In order to have comfortable feet additional dimensions of the foot must also be considered such as – foot width, foot volume, arch height and heel width. Footwear varies hugely across these dimensions, for example some boots/shoes are wider at the front of the foot and narrower at the heel, while others are more standard across the whole foot.

    Our Specialist Boot Fitters understand the differences in the footwear and they use their expertise of the lasts to match your foot to the footwear as closely as possible. We have footwear available in 5 different widths (extra narrow, narrow, medium, wide and extra wide) plus half sizes and different last shapes to choose from.


    5. SUPPORT

    In order to have truly comfortable feet on a walk, it is important to understand how the foot is moving inside the walking boot and be aware of any pressure points on the foot. Insoles can alleviate the pressure by supporting the arch and stabilising the foot.

    Using our state of the art technology, we can analyse your feet to identify your foot arch, examine pressure distribution and establish how best to support the foot inside your walking boots.

     

    6. STRETCH

    Steam and stretch footwear for a custom fit

    Walking boots or shoes purchased from us can be customised free of charge! If you need a slight adjustment or perhaps a bit more space, we can use our specialist machinery to gently steam and stretch the footwear for a custom fit. This process is done in store, whilst you wait and only takes about 10 minutes. Customising the fit of the footwear in this way is particularly helpful for people who suffer from bunions or heel spurs.

     

    7. SERVICE

    You can also relax knowing that our after sales service is second to none. If you have any problems with your walking boots or shoes then we strongly encourage you to return so we can help you to get the fit just right. When you buy footwear from us, we invest our time in your comfort.

     

    Unless you plan on trying lots of different walking boots on and are prepared to buy the wrong pair, consider getting your feet measured and your walking boots fitted by Whalley Warm & Dry.

    Call 01254 822220 or email info@whalleywarmanddry.co.uk to make your appointment!

  • Spring Walks

    Spring Walks

    It feels like Spring officially arrived today! The sun was shining, the skies were blue and the countryside seemed to be slowly waking from it’s wintery slumber.

    With the great outdoors beckoning us to explore the new season, we thought you might be interested to see these Spring walking guides.

    With 52 walks to choose from, you are certainly spoilt for choice!

     

    1. The National Trust – Top Spring Walks in the Lake District

     

    The Lake District is a place of breath-taking beauty at any time of year but you can’t beat a visit in Spring to take to the fells, paths or lakeshores.

    The National Trust has picked their favourite Lake District walks this Spring. From easy lakeside ambles, to fell-top expeditions, you will struggle to choose which one to do first!

    Find out more here.

     

    Spring Walks - Lake District

    National Trust Images / Steven Barber

     

    2. The Guardian – 22 Great UK Walks

     

    Top British nature writers have compiled their favourite country walks in the UK and you will be pleased to hear they all have pub stops and suggestions for picnic spots!

    We were happy to see a walk in the stunning Bowland area had made the list of Great UK Walks – the circular 7 mile walk is practically on our doorstep!

    Find out more here.

     

    Spring Walks - Bashall Eaves

    The Hodder river / Alamy

     

    3. The Telegraph – Britain’s 25 best spring walks

    The Telegraph has helpfully collated a list of 25 circular walks which have all been chosen for features in the landscape which come alive in Spring, whether it be woodlands carpeted with bluebells, wildflowers along river valleys, moorland peaks, coastal paths or National Parks.

    Find out more here.

     

    Spring Walks

    The beach at the Three Cliffs / AP/FOTOLIA

     

    Whichever walk you choose, we hope you have a great time!

  • We won ‘Outdoor Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year’ for the third time!

    Outdoor Independent Retailer of the Year Footwear Industry Awards

    We are delighted to announce that we won the coveted title of ‘Outdoor Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year’ for the third time at the national Footwear Industry Awards on Sunday!!

    The prestigious annual awards were held at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham and were attended by the top players in the footwear sector.

    Supported by the British Footwear Association, the Independent Footwear Retailer’s Association, The Society of Shoe Fitters and Footwear Today, The Footwear Industry Awards are designed to shine a spotlight on the top footwear brands, retailers and individuals in the country. The awards recognise the UK’s most outstanding retailers for ensuring the end user, the consumer, gets the service, quality, style and functionality they expect.

    We are honored to have been voted by those in the industry for this award and we will continue to provide an unbeatable Specialist Boot Fitting Service to those who travel to us from across the country.

  • 11 Fun Feet Facts

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    Our feet are one of the most important parts of our bodies and yet they are so often ignored and neglected. They support the whole body and help us to get from A to B but unless our feet start to hurt, we often take their hard work for granted.

    This February, we encourage you to #loveyourfeet and appreciate how amazing they really are.

     

    “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”

    Leonardo da Vinci

     

    Just in case you were in any doubt about the wonder of your feet, here are 11 Fun Feet Facts;

     

    1. Your foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments.
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    3. The bones in the foot do not completely ossify (harden) until around the age of eighteen.
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    5. The soles of your feet contain more sweat glands and sensory nerve endings per square centimetre than any other part of the body.
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    7. There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, and they excrete as much as half a pint of moisture each day.
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    9. Thanks to nearly 8000 nerves in our feet and a large number of nerve endings near the skin, our feet are the most ticklish part of our bodies. Having ticklish feet can be a good sign: reduced sensitivity can be an indicator of neuropathy.
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    11. The average person will walk around 115,000 miles in a life time, that’s more than four times around the earth! The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime.
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    13. Shoe size in Britain is measured in barleycorns, a unit of measurement that stretches back to Anglo-Saxon times. Based on the length of a grain of barley, there are three barleycorns to an inch, so each shoe size adds a third of an inch in length to a shoe.
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    15. Most people do not wear the correct shoe size for their feet. According to David G Armstrong, professor of Surgery at the William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, three quarters of people wear the wrong sized shoes.
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    17. The oldest preserved shoe, is 5500 years old and was found in an Armenian cave, buried in sheep dung.
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    19. Walking is the best exercise for your feet, and it’s also a great way to get overall exercise for your body: it boosts circulation and helps you burn calories.
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    21. Standing still is way more tiring than walking, because you only use a few muscles when you’re still, whereas walking distributes the weight and effort over more muscles.

     

    Don’t forget to #loveyourfeet this February!

  • “Walk to be healthy, walk to be happy”

    WALKING

    Charles Dickens was right. Walking can help you beat those winter blues and kick start your healthy New Year’s resolutions but did you know it also has these incredible health benefits too….

     

    10 AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALKING

     

    1. Reduce the risk of early death

    A study by the University of Cambridge found that a brisk 20-minute daily walk reduces an individual’s risk of early death by 25 per cent.

     

    2. Burn calories

    If you add 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily routine, you could burn about 150 more calories a day, more than half the number of calories in the average chocolate bar!

     

    3. Lower the risk of Alzheimer’s

    Studies suggest walking can help the brain combat the pathological changes that cause Alzheimer’s. Researchers found that brisk walking for 40 minutes 3 times per week reduces brain deterioration and improves memory and other cognitive functions.

     

    4. Improve mental health

    Whilst we may intuitively know that a good walk can help clear our heads, the mental health charity Mind found that country walks can also reduce depression and raise self-esteem.

     

    5. Boost your immune system

    Walking can help protect you during cold and flu season. In a study of over 1,000 men and women, researchers found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less. And if they did get sick, it was for a shorter duration, and their symptoms were milder.

     

    6. Sleep better

    According to research by Oregon State University, 30 minutes of brisk walking over five days could help you sleep betterand feel more alert during the day.

     

    7. Curb those sugary cravings

    Studies from the University of Exeter have discovered a 15-minute walk can curb cravings for chocolate and even reduce the amount of chocolate you eat in stressful situations.

     

     

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    8. Lower blood pressure

    The University of Ulster reviewed the available research and found that walking could not only lower blood pressure but reduce body weight, BMI and body fat too.

     

    9. Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease

    In 2002 it was discovered that people who walked enough to meet physical activity guidelines (30 or more minutes of moderate activity on 5 or more days per week) had a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, compared with those who did not walk regularly.

     

    10. Prevent arthritis from getting worse

    If you suffer from arthritis you may be tempted to avoid exercise due to painful joints. However, research this year has discovered that going for a 45-minute brisk walk each week, can help to avoid the deterioration of symptoms of arthritis. Walking protects the joints by lubricating them and strengthening the muscles that support them.

     

    Walking really is one of the most powerful and simplest of changes you can make to your health and wellbeing.

    Paul T. Williams, Ph.D., a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in Berkeley, California, describes walking as “a wonder drug, except that you don’t need a prescription and you don’t have to pay for it.”  I guess Hippocrates was right “walking is the best medicine.”

     

    GETTING STARTED

     

    Walking is the perfect activity for all ages and you can do it almost anywhere at any time. You can easily make it a
    part of your daily life.

    Whilst comfortable, supportive walking shoes or walking boots are a must (our Specialist Boot Fitting Service can help you) once you have the gear, walking is free! No endless monthly payments for gym membership!

     

    walking picnic
    Walking can be done solo or with a group. Walking with groups such as The Ramblers or Walking for Health is a great way to walk your way to better health. The camaraderie and support from other walking group members can help you to achieve your fitness goals and they are a great way to discover new walking routes.

    If the thought of going for a walk fills you with dread, our advice would be simple – start small. You don’t have to start with the 3 Peaks Challenge, walking for even a few minutes a day is better than nothing and it is a great way to build up fitness levels. People who take the first step and start becoming more physically active tend to get a taste for it and who knows, this time next year you might feel inspired to take on the Country Walking #Walk1000 miles!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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