As the winner of ‘Best Independent Outdoor Footwear Retailer’ for the third time at the UK’s Footwear Industry Awards 2017, we attract thousands of customers from across the country who visit for our free Specialist Boot Fitting Service and years of experience.
Our specially trained fitters have received training from some of the leading podiatrists and training professionals in the country. After an initial discussion with you about what you type of footwear you would like, the activities you need the footwear for and any pre-existing foot concerns, we take ten detailed measurements to identify your foot length, width and volume.
We interpret the measurements taken and assess the foot shape and type. Using our state of the art technology we also examine the pressure distribution across the foot and identify arch height. Analysing the foot in this way gives us insight into how the foot is moving and what can be done to stabilise and support the foot inside the footwear.
Once the measurements and analysis are complete we use our in- depth knowledge of the brands and footwear styles to recommend the most suitable footwear for your feet and chosen activity. We have footwear available in 5 different widths and half sizes which gives us many different fitting options. We stock walking boots and shoes from the high quality brands Alt-Berg, Meindl, Hanwag and Scarpa.
Using specialist machinery, footwear can be gently steamed and stretched 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.
"I had seen an advert for your shop over 12 months before, but kept wavering as to if it could be as good as it sounded. It was. The time and trouble Jon took, the explanations he gave throughout and the relaxed atmosphere and lack of pressuring I found exceptional. The boots themselves have fit like a glove from the minute I put them on."
"I have been wearing boots for 50 or so years now, but never have I experienced the detail & attention to fitting that I experienced today. Well worth the three hour round trip, & I would echo my friend’s recommendation – “get yourself up there – you won’t regret it!!"
"I am delighted to report that after 3 months of wearing my new boots for 1-2 hours every single day, they have honestly been the comfiest footwear I have ever owned. They have never rubbed or felt as though they needed breaking in. I really can’t recommend Whalley Warm & Dry highly enough."
We have walking boots available in 5 different widths (Extra Narrow, Narrow, Medium, Wide and Extra Wide) plus half sizes -this gives you over 170 different fitting option to choose from!
At Whalley Warm & Dry, we don’t just focus on size and width, we concern ourselves with the shape of the footwear too. Our wide range of footwear has been carefully selected to cater to feet of varying shapes. After all, if you want comfortable feet on your next walk you need to consider dimensions such as foot volume, arch height, heel width and the overall shape too. Footwear varies hugely across these dimensions. Our fitters use their in-depth knowledge of the brands and expertise of the footwear lasts to match your foot to the footwear as closely as possible.
Medical professionals including Doctors, Physiotherapists and Chiropodists regularly refer patients to see us for our ability to help people find properly fitting footwear and supportive insoles which can help alleviate the pain associated with medical conditions such as Morton’s Neuroma, Plantar fasciitis, Metatarsalgia, Arthritis and knee, hip and back problems.
We also work closely with Graham, The Foot & Insole Specialist who is available by appointment to create hand-built Custom Made Insoles which are 100% tailored to your two individual feet. His biomechanical assessments, insoles and advice have successfully helped to reduce the symptoms of discomfort and allow people to enjoy walking once more.