Meindl boots are graded in a category system from A – D. These categories are based on the terrain that the boot will be suitable for. It’s important that you choose the correct boot for the type of walking or activity that you’ll be doing. If you’re not sure – read on, we’re here to help.
Alfons Meindl developed these terrain categories to classify his family’s boots in 1975. Over the years, the system has been refined and it’s now widely used by many footwear manufacturers. 40 years ago, Alfons needed to be sure that his customers were selecting the most appropriate boots for their needs. This is still a top priority for our high quality footwear today. If you’re looking to purchase a pair of boots we’d encourage you to read the terrain categories below before heading to one of our stockists to get their expert advice and be fitted correctly.
Note: most of our shoes and boots are graded, but if you can’t see a specific grading next to a product, it doesn’t have one, and that means it’s for keeping your feet comfortable on every day adventures.
Here’s everything you need to know to make a decision about the best boot for you.
Alfons Meindl’s top tips:
- If in doubt, choose as sturdier boot, as it will cover a wider range of uses.
- If you frequently walk in wet regions, or there isn’t an opportunity to dry your boots overnight, opt for a GORE-TEX® lined model.
- If possible, get your boots fitted in the afternoon as your feet swell during the day.
- Wear your new boots indoors at home to check that you have the correct size before heading outside.