You don’t need much to walk but a good pair of walking shoes is vital. In Flanders, you often only need a light pair of walking shoes but if you head into the mountains or walk in hilly areas, you may need something a little sturdier. We are happy to provide the right advice by splitting walking shoes into different categories.
A: Light and supple walking shoes
These are light, supple walking shoes, that are suitable for smooth surfaces. These shoes are perfect for long walks in the woods or along the beach but can also be used for a challenging city walk.
B: Trekking – or mountain walking shoes
These light shoes come higher up the ankle and offer a sturdier form and more support than A-shoes, without losing suppleness. If you’re going to the Ardennes, the terrain is hilly and sometimes mountainous so these shoes are exactly what you need.
C: Heavy trekking shoes
If you often leave the well-trodden path, make up your own trekking routes and prefer more support at the ankles, this shoe is for you. The sole of the C-category is pretty stiff, so you’ll be less likely to feel the unevenness of the ground beneath your feet.
The fact that this is a pretty heavy shoe means it only bends at the broadest part of the shoe, and is an excellent choice for heavy terrain. Carrying a heavy rucksack will be a little easier with these shoes.