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    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;



    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.



    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 to make your appointment!


    For two years specialist, British boot-maker Altberg have been quietly planning, designing and refining their first collection of shoes and we are delighted to announce we have the Pathfinder Trek, Pathfinder Trail and Jorvik Trail shoes in store now.

    Altberg have used their classic boot making skills and ‘know how’ to produce a range of high-quality walking shoes which we are sure will be a hit with our customers.

    The new Altberg shoes have all the classic features associated with this much-loved brand – quality materials, great fit, micro soles and strong midsoles.

    Our award-winning Specialist Boot Fitting Service can help you to select the most comfortable size.



    Altberg shoes - Pathfinder Trail

    The Altberg Pathfinder Trail is designed for low to medium well-trodden tracks and trails. The ‘micro-fibre’ upper is a non-leather extremely breathable material and when combined with the micro sole, it makes the Pathfinder Trail shoe the most lightweight piece of footwear Altberg have ever produced.

    Micro-fibre has been used for many years in running and training shoes because it’s breathable, durable and well ‘tried and tested’.


    • Ultra-lightweight
    • Highly breathable micro-fibre upper with a suede finish
    • Vibram® rubber leisure sole with micro cushion mid-layer – the Vibram® leisure sole is a hybrid that combines lifestyle and trekking
    • Hydrophilic fabric lining and waterproof membrane
    • Trekking grade midsole which gives it good torsional support for uneven terrain
    • Lacing down to the toe to facilitate a wider range of foot widths and volumes



    Altberg shoes - Pathfinder Trek

    The Pathfinder Trek is designed for walking on tracks and well-trodden upland trails where conditions are not too severe.


    • Lightweight
    • Full grain Nubuck leather upper – water repellent European leather
    • Trekking grade midsole which gives it good torsional support for uneven terrain
    • Waterproof lining with a moisture and grit resistant bellows tongue
    • Soft leather around the ankle for extra comfort
    • Vibram® rubber leisure sole with micro cushion mid-layer – the Vibram® leisure sole is a hybrid that combines lifestyle and trekking
    • Lacing down to the toe to facilitate a wider range of foot widths and volumes




    Altberg shoes Jorvik Trail

    The Jorvik Trail leisure walking shoe has been designed to perform equally well on the hill or the street.


    • Lightweight
    • Supportive
    • Breathable
    • Seamless, one-piece construction made from first-grade 1.6-1.8mm Italian Nappone full grain leather
    • Sympatex waterproof lining
    • Vibram Masai sole with Tri-flex midsole offers strong support and traction


    Our Specialist Boot Fitting Service can help you to find the most comfortable fit and size for you, call 01254 822 220 to make an appointment or to find out more information about this exciting new range of Altberg shoes.



  • #walk500miles


    If you haven’t started Country Walking’s #walk1000miles challenge or find it a bit daunting, why not consider the newly launched #walk500miles? It’s fun, free, flexible and the perfect excuse to get out walking even more!

    All you have to do is walk 500 miles before the end of summer (or the end of the year).  Country Walking have estimated that you could reach this milestone by walking just an hour a day, there’s even an instant daily miles target calculator to help you keep on track. To keep a running tally of those all important miles, you will find a Tracker Chart inside your copy of their magazine.

    So what miles count towards the total I hear you say? Well, according to Country Walking, it’s up to you…

    “Some people – particularly those starting from a lower fitness level – are counting every step while others are only counting planned walks beyond their everyday pottering. Others still count only the miles they cover with walking boots on – that’s what people mean when they refer to ‘boots on’ miles. It’s up to you.”

    That means you could include those daily walks with the dog or to the pub- you could clock up miles without really noticing!


    Copyright Country Walking Magazine


    Pretty impressive statistics in the image above – over 90% of people who have signed up say they feel a greater sense of self-esteem through walking regularly, two-thirds report greater body confidence and that’s not to mention the amazing health benefits associated with walking.

    If you would like to find out more about this fantastic challenge, please click on the link  –

    If you have already signed up, please get in touch ( we would love to hear from you and find out about your progress and how you are finding the challenge so far!

  • Happy Easter!

    We would like to wish everyone a wonderful Easter and we hope you get the chance to get outdoors and do some walking in the Spring sunshine this weekend!

    We will be closed for part of the Easter weekend but we would love to see you on Saturday 15th April – don’t forget to book your Specialist Boot Fitting appointment prior to your visit, as we can get very busy! To make an appointment, please call 01254 822 220 or send us a quick email here.


    Easter Opening Hours 2017

    Good Friday – Closed

    Saturday 15th April – 10 am to 5 pm

    Easter Sunday – Closed

    Easter Monday – Closed

    Tuesday 18th April – 10 am to 5 pm


    Website Orders

    All web orders placed after Saturday 15th April will be processed when we reopen on Tuesday 18th April.

    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • 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!

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