Sole design that has been the subject of extensive research in our laboratories, combined with a specific rubber formulation to optimise grip and traction. Because all needs are different, we always search for the best compromise for muddy and dry terrain.
Ask your child to try on both shoes, stood up, with the socks used for hiking. Try on several styles and sizes if necessary. Check two comfort points: the base of the heel and the front part of the foot going down. There should be no compression points when fitting. Encourage your child to walk in them in the store. Get your child to gradually wear in the shoes during their first few hikes so that they conform to their feet.
Which size should you choose?
For hiking, do not hesitate to choose one size above your usual size to ensure optimal comfort when going downhill and prevent your toes from hitting the front of the shoe. Tip: keep your nails short and, before making your descent, check that your lacing prevents your foot from sliding towards the front of the shoe.
Making waterproofing last longer
The waterproofing of shoes is often compromised because water gets in at the collar of the shoe. To keep your feet dry for longer, it is therefore advisable to use a waterproof gaiter or mini-gaiter that will prevent water as well as pebbles, sand, etc. from getting inside through the top. It is advisable to use a waterproof spray several times a year. This restores the original water-repellent properties and prevents staining.
Footwear waterproofing test: laboratory- and field-tested, shoes with a breathable, waterproof membrane ensure you have optimum protection from the rain. First, the shoe is immersed in water while internal air pressure is applied to check that no bubbles form on the surface of the footwear. They are half immersed and then placed on a mechanical arm that simulates walking: we then check that the inside of the boot remains perfectly dry.
3 levels of waterproofing
During the waterproofing test, we test 3 levels of waterproofing, i.e. 2,000 flexes (about 2 hours of walking), 4,000 flexes (about 4 hours of walking) and 8,000 flexes (about 8 hours of walking). These kids’ Crossrock shoes are waterproof for 4,000 flexes.