AltBerg Tabbing Boot Black, Vibram Sole
The Vibram sole is now discontinued on the Tabbing boot, last few pairs left now size 12.5
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Alt-Berg Men's Tabbing Boot is an Alt-Berg development which is based on the popular Alt-Berg Sneeker. Like the Alt-Berg Sneeker Lady Elite boot, the men's tabbing boot is made on the asymmetric last or forme (called the A-Forme). The Sneeker has always been popular with the military and very popular for tabbing and exercises.
The key to the design is the new ergonomic asymmetric last on which the boot is made, the Alt-Berg A-Forme last. The A Forme is ergonomically designed to reduce stress during running and tabbing. The heel is narrow fitting making it more secure thus reducing blistered heels due to foot movement, and the foot shape is asymmetric. The front of the boot is a bit wider than the Sneeker which is quite narrow, if you have a broad foot the Tabbing is more comfortable. The boot is lower at the ankle having one less row of lace eyelets. The lining is Cambrelle non-waterproof (as opposed to the aqua boots which are lined with Sympatex). The Alt-Berg Tabbing boot is the lightest weight boot in the Alt-Berg military range. Feedback from serving military personnel has been a key factor in the development of the Alt-Berg Tabbing boot. The Alt-Berg Tabbing boot is becoming more popular with our customers than the Sneeker.
Alt-Berg Tabbing Boot Specification:
Leather: Nappone 1.8mm soft, supple, water repellent, full grain, European hide
Lining: Cambrelle non- waterproof, ultra breathable excellent wicking and drying out properties
Mid sole: Tri-flex 3 season, multi-terrain, with good torsional support and underfoot protection
Sole: Vibram Masai micro with shock absorbing, lightweight mid layer,
Sizes: UK 7 - 13.5 (including half sizes)
Weight: 597gms (size 8)
Height: 19.3cms (size 8, including heel)
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 Alt-Berg A-Forme.
Alt-berg is run by boot makers, it is in every sense a boot makers company.
The Alt-berg 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 Alt-Berg 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: 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, Alt-Berg 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 Alt-Berg Ladies Elite last, and the new ergonomic Men's Tabbing Last.