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Altberg's Mallerstang boot declared 'best in class' by Country Walking Magazine

Mallerstang declared 'best in class'

  • 20 May 2021
  • Author: Joe Willis
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Altberg's Mallerstang boot declared 'best in class' by Country Walking Magazine

Country Walking is one of the top selling outdoor magazines and Altberg has been awarded 'best in class' for mountain boots in its annual Best Boot Guide.

There were 28 boots tested and Altberg came out top against some of the best boots in the world.

The judges described the boot as an "absolute classic of a mountain boot", adding: "We had lots of superb mountain boots in this test, but the long established Mallerstang is almost impossible to beat for it’s toughness and comfort over harsh terrain. They’re also great for long distance paths too."

Aprroaching Mera Peak, Himalays, 2009.


The senior Altberg bootmaker said: "I made the first Mallerstang boot in 2003. Mallerstang has an upper made in the Alpine style, with only one piece of leather around the foot, and no seams."

The photos below show a team of soldiers from the Parashute Regiment, led by Levison Wood, all wearing Mallerstamgs for the first ascent of the Himalayan mountain Mera Peak (6,476m) in 2009.

The Parachute Regiment team, the first ascent of Mera Peak, 2009.


Mallerstang boots with articulated crampons.


"It’s been a long journey to win this award and its very much appreciated.

"I made my first mountain boot in 1993. It was called The McKinley. In November 1998 I travelled to the Himalayas with a good friend John Deighton, and we both wore McKinley boots. We climbed to above 5,500 metres in an area around the mountain Mardi Himal."

Mardi Himal, Novermber 1998.

Thank you to Country Walking Magazine for the recognition and the award.




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