Your Custom Hiking Shoes will be made only for you. In fact, they will be custom- designed only for you, taking into consideration your own biomechanics, idiosyncrasies, fitness level, and how you will be using them. A Custom Hiking Shoe is unlike any other hiking shoe in the world, even the Custom Hiker on your other foot. Since the early 1980s, we’ve been padding the feet of people who like to hike.
Custom made is not custom fit
A custom made hiking shoe is very different from what some store clerks will call a custom fit hiking shoe as they dig through the stacks for a pair of mass-produced hiking shoes that just happen to fit your feet. Each Custom starts with the construction of a last and pattern custom-designed just for you. Then we use the last to make the kind and style of hiking shoe you want, building the uppers and the soles exactly to the custom specifications that you need. Because we hang on to your last, we never run out of your favorite model. We can make more anytime you want, and we can resole your old Custom Hiking Shoes for a fraction of the cost of a brand new pair of store-bought hiking shoes that are not custom made.
Specific custom differences…
It’s very common for a person’s own feet to be different sizes. But have you ever tried to buy two different size hiking shoes in a store without buying two pair and shuffling them around? If you buy a pair of Custom Hiking Shoes, each one of your hikers will be the exact size and shape that your foot and your body need it to be. We can do this because we custom make one shoe at a time, not thousands at a time.
The Custom HIKER is intended for trail use and can be custom made as either a low cut or a high top shoe. It will easily support larger folks carrying day packs, or smaller folks carrying medium size backpacks. The upper of the Custom Hiker is made exclusively of brown waterproof leather that features one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios available. The high-density EVA midsole in the Custom Hiker provides excellent shock absorption and protection against the surprises of uneven terrain. We have lowered the heel lift of the Hiker to increase stability, and the almost “sticky” nature of our extremely durable carbon rubber off-road sole provides great sure-footedness. In addition, we use a fully board-lasted construction for extra stiffness and stability, and the toe box is reinforced to protect your toes against the threat of abrasion from rocks, roots and other nasties. Finally, the truly rugged Custom Hiker is double stitched and double cemented. Custom, custom, custom.