As we head into the colder months, where all we want to do is rug up, it’s important that we have a comfy (and stylish!) pair of boots to wear, to make it a bit more bearable!
Grundy’s Shoes have a wide range of comfortable boots available, including orthotic friendly styles, for both men and women. These are available from brands including: FRANKiE4, ECCO, Ara, Eos, Pikolinos, Hispanitas, Birkenstock, Rieker and R.M. Williams.
Here, we give you 5 options each for men’s & women’s boots to get you through the winter season.
FRANKiE4 - HARPER
Combining both style and comfort, it has a leather upper and lining, a stable 5.5cm stacked block heel and durable rubber sole, and a podiatrist and physiotherapist designed removable functional footbed with heel and arch support and forefoot cushioning. Available in wheat and black, she is a must-have!
ARA - MUNCHEN
Perfect for those EXTRA cold days, the ARA Munchen boot comes up a little higher so your ankles don't get cold. It has a synthetic faux-fur border with synthetic wool lining which also contains a GORE-TEX® waterproof construction, to ensure your feet stay dry and toasty warm, all day long!
EOS - WILLET
A classic style, the EOS Willet boot has rouched styling and a slip-on closure with twin ankle zips, and rubber soles for traction on a variety of surfaces. These beauties can be paired with any outfit, as they come in classic, neutral colours, including this chestnut tone.
PIKOLINOS - WIU-8590
The WIU-8590 Pikolinos ankle boot has an outer zip with a fashionable tassel, and the perfect 4cm heel height. These boots are classic and chic and available in both black and garnet, meaning they can take you from day to night in comfort, and style.
HISPANITAS - HI99141
Made in Spain, this Hispanitas HI99141 5cm block heel is made from quality leather, is of course comfortable, and super stylish too. It features contrast materials of suede and leather, as well as a diagonal zipper embellishment for an on-trend look.
It also features the new Hispanitas TRIFLOW technology, which cushions each step, providing flexibility and comfort on the tread. Available in neutral black and taupe colours, this heel can be paired with anything from dresses and skirts to a pair of classic pants!
PIKOLINOS - M6E-8320
A sleek men’s boot from Pikolinos, the M6E-8320 is made in Spain with quality leather. It features a removable padded footbed, as well as a lightweight synthetic sole, eliminating the clunky feel of a lot of boots. Available in a classic black and a dark tan, this is a must have for any man looking for a winter boot.
PIKOLINOS - M6E-8320 - $275
BIRKENSTOCK - DUNDEE PLUS
A new arrival to Grundy’s Shoes, the Birkenstock Dundee Plus boot features a suede leather upper, which is made with premium cowhides that are split to produce soft, thick, matte leather.
They also have a removable insole, and a thermoplastic rubber sole for great traction on a variety of surfaces. We have these available in both men and women’s’ styles in different colours.
ECCO - 440374 SOFT 7 MEN
A shoe that can be considered both casual and dressy, the ECCO 440374 Soft 7 Men boot is perfect to wear both day and night. It has a nubuck leather upper and a full anatomical last shape for an extremely comfortable fit, while featuring a removable, leather-covered insole with the ECCO Comfort Fibre System® which provides a cool and hygienic environment in the shoe.
Available in brandy and black, these are a classic to add to the collection.
RIEKER - 13930
The Rieker 13930 boot can be worn in both a business or casual environment, and is a classic lace up with a hidden gusset, for easy on-off wear. It’s lined with a light fleece, meaning it's warmer, and the padded footbed with shock absorption has Antistress technology for extra comfort.
RM WILLIAMS - DYNAMIC FLEX CRAFTSMAN BOOTS
A pair of R.M.’s is probably on the list of many men, and it’s no wonder why, as it’s an absolute classic and can dress up any outfit. We stock the Dynamic Flex Craftsman in both chestnut and black in the H – wider fit. It’s made with yearling leather upper and a chisel square toe for that classic style. It also features a removable cellulose insole board for extra comfort, and the fibreglass shank reinforces the shape of the boot and supports the arch.
Plus, the sole features a sewn welt with composition leather and rubber for flexibility, durability and traction on a variety of surfaces.
And there you have it! Hopefully this has given you some ideas about potential boots to add to your collection for winter.
Check out our blog post on the best work shoes for men and women here.
In this blog post, we'll be explaining how to fit your FRANKiE4’s, and also how to adjust the fit depending on the width of your foot. We will then give some tips on different ways to lace your shoes.
FRANKiE4 revolutionise the way footwear is designed. They have a specialist footbed built-in to their sandals and heels, specially designed to support and cushion the foot, and all their boots and sneakers come with the unique Custom Fit pack.
The Custom Fit pack comes in its own bag in your shoebox, which includes: Full-length footbeds, half-length footbeds and forefoot cushions.
The classic FRANKiE4 Functional Footbed was designed with foot biomechanics in mind, with the aim of alleviating and preventing heel and arch pain, plantar fasciitis and forefoot pain. The Functional Footbed has a heel cradle – to support and cushion your heel, forefoot cushioning - which enhances comfort and supports your forefoot, and arch support - which aims to improve foot, ankle and lower-limb alignments.
The standard removable full-length footbed that comes in their boots and sneakers, has contouring to support your arch, cradle your heel, and cushion your foot. To know whether the full-length footbed is right for you, the fit should be snug but not too tight.
If you have more of a narrow foot, simply place a forefoot cushion under the full-length footbed, at the front of the shoe. This will keep your foot in place and provide a more secure fit.
If you have wider feet, remove the full-length footbed and try the half-length footbed instead. This offers the same heel and arch support as the full-length footbed, while allowing that bit of extra space.
CUSTOM CONTROL ASSEMBLY
The new CUSTOM CONTROL assembly is included in the BiLLiE and TAMBO FRANKiE4 ACTiVE styles. It features the regular FRANKiE4 Functional Footbed and forefoot cushions, as well as the FRANKiE4 LiTE Footbed, for those who are looking for a more cushioned, minimal feel underfoot, with a breathable ocean cell foam footbed, as well as allowing more free movement within the shoe.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO LACE YOUR SHOES
FOR HEEL SLIPPING AND HEEL BLISTERS
This shoe lacing hack is called the heel lock, and helps prevent the heel from slipping, which can lead to blisters.
This method tightens the boundary of the shoe around the heel, but can also put pressure on the top of your foot, so it is advised not to use this method long-term or if running long distances.
- Locate the top eyelets on your shoes, and thread your shoelace through the eyelet on the right, going towards the inside of the shoe. Stop halfway so you’ve got a loop on the outside of the shoe, and repeat on the left side.
2. Cross the ends of your shoelaces, and then thread the right end of the shoelace through the loop on both the left and right side, then pull the ends of your shoelaces tight to secure the loops, and continue to tie your shoelaces normally.
FOR A HIGH INSTEP
If the top of your foot raises a bit higher in the middle, you have a high instep, and may experience pressure or irritation on the tops of your feet when wearing shoes.
This shoe lacing hack adds volume in the mid foot, which in turn reduces pressure.
- Unlace your shoe from the top three eyelets so they are only laced through a few eyelets at the bottom
- Weave the end of your right shoelace through the eyelet directly above it, going towards the inside of the shoe, and repeat on the left side
- Then continue to lace up the rest of the shoe normally
FOR A WIDE FOREFOOT OR BUNIONS
This shoelace hack is helpful for relieving tightness and pressure if the front of your foot is wider than the rest of your foot. If you make the front of the shoe a little wider, it can also help prevent bunions.
- Unlace the shoe all the way to the bottom, so the lace is only in the bottom eyelet on the left and right side
- Thread the end of the right shoelace through the eyelet straight above it, going towards the outside of the shoe, and repeat on the left side
- Then thread the end of the right shoelace through the eyelet straight above it again, but this time going towards the shoe, and repeat again on the left side
- Continue to lace the shoes normally from here
We hope this blog post has been informative and helpful for our Grundy’s Shoes customers!
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