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Alt-Berg Ladies Sneeker Elite Police Frontline Boot, Black
Genuine ladies fit – lightweight, shock absorbing tabbing boot. Lining is non waterproof Cambrelle® which is ultra breathable, and dries out more rapidly. (The Aqua version has the Sympatex waterproof lining)
The key feature of the Lady Sneeker® Elite is the specific ladies fit, which uses a new last unique to Alt-Berg, and the result of 3 years of development. The forme used is one of Alt-Berg's new A-Forme® asymmetric lasts, which are ergonomically designed to create less foot strain during running and tabbing. The ladies last has a special anatomical forefoot shape (medium to wide fitting), the heel is narrower and the toe is more sprung, so the boot will roll forward during running or tabbing, and creasing of the leather at the forefoot is minimised.
The upper design is also made to suit the female user, it is more lightweight, with a lower ankle height, and good shock absorption during heel strike.
ALTBERG SNEEKER BOOT is a specialist boot, first developed for military uses in close proximity/rapid deployment situations. It has become popular as a military 'tabbing' boot and with the police as a lightweight general duties boot or a firearms boot for urban situations and for dog handlers. The Tri-flex mid sole is a unique design which allows sufficient forefoot flex for 'kneel to fire' whilst retaining good torsional resistance for load carrying on uneven surfaces. The MKII version uses a new upper design, internal Cambrelle lower foot lining and new microlite Vibram sole. An aqua version is available with the Sympatex lining.
This ultra lightweight boot weighs 515gms, (size 6). Height 18.6cm (size 5 with heel) The boot has a non waterproof Cambrelle lining around the foot, heel and ankle (The aqua version has the waterproof Sympatex lining) The leg is unlined. The boot uses the Tri-flex 2-3 season mid sole, which gives medium flex with excellent torsional resistance and support on moderate terrain. The upper is made from soft, supple, lightweight, water repellent Nappone leather 1.8mm thickness full grain European hide.
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This is a great boot for rapid deployment/firearms use and active officers and dog handlers etc. The boot is made from Ultra lightweight soft leather upper, and shock absorbing Micro cushion sole. The totally breathable upper and unique mid sole design gives maximum forefoot flex whilst retaining good torsional resistance
Altberg Sneeker Lady Elite Sizes: We stock size 4 - 6.5 including half sizes, all in medium width fitting
SUPERB UNDERFOOT FEEL SPECIAL MIDSOLE FLEX DESIGN FIRST DEVELOPED IN 2003 FOR MILITARY SPECIAL FORCES AS A LOAD CARRYING/RUNNING BOOT IN CLOSE PROXIMITY SITUATIONS. If you are in doubt about your size, if you have narrow feet stick to your shoe size. For medium/wide feet it is worth trying a half size larger than you take in shoes, you will probably be wearing thicker socks with boots.
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History of A-Forme.
Altberg is run by boot makers, it is in every sense a boot makers company.
The Altberg Boot makers have always tried to combine their traditions and knowledge of classic boot making, with the ever changing needs of today's customer. Nowhere has this been more evident that in the development of the new A-Forme Last (foot shape).
A New Foot Shape.
During 2006, the boot makers at Altberg identified a foot shape that had different characteristics to the most common type of foot shape covered by their five width fitting lasts. They called this foot 'the asymmetric foot' it had 4 key features:
Large toe, to inside heel was more straight: Standard boot shapes pushed the large toe sideways (inwards)
Narrower heel and waist: The heel and instep moved more than the average foot when laced securely
Wider, shallower, forefoot: Too much room above flex area of a standard boot, too much pressure at the sides of the forefoot
Instep was further back: Foot had tendency to slip forward more than average
A New Boot making Last.
During the period 2006-2011, Altberg trialled many variations of lasts, some were based on old lasts from the 1930's-1950's, other features were completely new.
By 2012, the new last was developed, they called it the asymmetric forme last, or the A-Forme last. Many of the changes are subtle, but the A-Forme last sits at the centre of the types of foot that could be classified as 'asymmetric'.
There are 5 key features:
Toe Shape: Is asymmetric, and inspired by an early running shoe shape (straight down the inside curved at the outside)
The Waist: Ergonomic shape - developed from the 'Hawkins' last (used to produce aircrew boots during WWII). The sculpted narrow waist of this 'Hawkins' last is enhanced because it was originally designed for the Goodyear Welted Shoes, which go in further at the waist
The Heel: Developed from a 1940's last by Avalon (Somerset 1966), the uniquely shaped heel was modified and remodelled to suit men's and ladies boot styles
Toe Roll or Toe Spring: Inspired by the original classic shepherds last - used in the moorlands of the Northern Dales for much of the late 19th and 20th century. The extreme toe roll was modified to suit a more modern rough terrain boot
Wide Shallow Forefoot, and Rear Set Instep: Overall, the volume is slightly more than medium, but shallower over the flex area, and the rear set instep allows the insole base to be wider than standard.
During late 2012/2013, the A-Forme last was used as the base for the further development of the Ladies Elite last, and the new ergonomic Men's Tabbing Last.