Alt-Berg Fremington (2012)

Renowned for offering a choice of five width fittings as standard, Alt-Berg is a great choice for those of us with anything other than ‘standard’ feet (ie extra narrow or wide). Offering this option means a snug fit for your foot shape, and I noticed immediately after being measured that this boot felt like it was made for my foot. When it comes to durability the Alt-Berg Fremington is outstanding – it’s a single piece of leather with little stitching. Add to it the Sympatex lining, and your feet have a very good chance of staying dry. The heel and toe boxes are both the stiffest here, offering maximum support and protection no matter what terrain you’re walking on. The outsole is very stiff – the least flexible of all here – making your feet less tired compared to very bendy boots while still giving a good rocking action. The lugs are deep and well-spaced, offering good grip with little debris build-up. However this stiffness and durability come at the expense of weight, and it’s not surprising to note that these are the heaviest boots on test at 1341g (pair). The Alt-Berg Fremingtons are also are less cushioned than other boots in our test, and they have an noticeably low ankle cuff, which, though padded, takes some getting used to.

Weight 1341g (pair, size 6.5)
Upper materials full-grain anfibio leather
Waterproof lining Sympatex waterproof membrane
Sole unit Vibram/PU rubber
Women’s sizes 3.5-8.5
Men’s sizes 7-13.5
Website www.altberg.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Alt-Berg Fremington is a traditional-looking walking boot that’s built to last and is perfect for those with very wide or very narrow feet.

 

Review by Phoebe Smith

First published in Trail magazine August 2012