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AKU Mens Slope GTX Black Dark Grey

AKU Mens Slope GTX Black Dark Grey

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A classic AKU design with 25 years of success on the Italian market. Its beauty lies in its simplicity and clean simple design. Suitable for general hill and mountain walking and suits a narrower foot due to the slim anatomical fit.

Description

Season : 2020W R

Code : AKUSNGTX

Weight : 0KG

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What is the Slope?

The Slope is a lightweight, supportive yet flexible and comfortable boot suitable for three season walking, backpacking and trekking. Having thrived in the Italian market for 30 years, the Slope is perfect for general hill and mountain walking (provided it fits your feet). 

What are they made from?

Upper: The uppers of the boot are made from a mix of suede leather and AKU's own Air 8000. The suede provides durability and protection lower down, while Air 8000 increases the breathability exponentially; 11 times more over a traditionally constructed boot. Underneath this, you get a fully waterproof Gore-Tex membrane to ensure reliable protection.

Outsole: AKU use a specially designed and exclusive outsole for the Slope which is made by the masters of footwear rubber, Vibram. The clever part of this outsole is the differentiating lug shapes and directions; triangles of rubber face backwards, forwards, sideways and just about every direction possible to ensure grip no matter which direction you're facing. We've been selling this boot for over 5 years and can assure you that these are about the grippiest boots available on wet grass. The heel of the boot also features a sloped section of rubber to avoid harsh heel-strikes on firmer terrain. 

What are the features?

Although this boot is supportive enough for trekking and mountain walking, the top of the boot around the heel is luxuriously soft and moulds around your ankle really nicely. A thicker suede is used on the heel to add greater protection, while the lacing is quick and easy to adjust thanks to the wide 'D' loops.

How do they fit?

Fit wise, they are on the slimmer-to-average side in terms of width, and feature a lot of volume (height) inside, therefore we generally recommend the use of a Volume Reducer if your foot doesn't fill the boot. For more information regarding sizing, click on 'Care and Info' below.

Summary

The Slopes are incredibly popular, supportive, highly breathable and comfortable walking boots for hill, mountain or trail use. If you have a fairly slim foot and need your boot to perform in a multitude of different activities, look no further. 

  • Gore-Tex waterproof membrane
  • Air 8000 technology
  • Super grippy Vibram outsole
  • Slim fit
  • Suede leather upper
  • Supportive
  • Soft fabric around ankle
Care & Advice

Here at Trekitt we know all too well of the difficulties people face when purchasing footwear online. The hardest part is being confident that you have picked the correct fitting footwear, so that is what we will cover in this blog (or if you prefer you can CLICK HERE to watch our video).

In our Hereford shop we offer a professional boot fitting service where we assess your feet, find a selection of boots that match you foot shape and most importantly we make sure that they are comfortable. This is easy to do in the shop, where we have access to the right tools, the option of letting you try on as many styles as you like and a knowledgeable member of staff that can communicate directly with you regarding your needs.

But let’s not dwell on what you don’t have, instead we shall teach you how to ascertain your size using some common household objects.

What you will need:

  1. A piece of A4 paper
  2. A pen or pencil
  3. A floor and a flat wall
  4. A ruler or tape measure

What you need to do:

  1. Put on the socks that you intend to use with the footwear you have selected
  2. Place the paper/cardboard on the floor with one end flush against a wall
  3. Stand on the A4 paper with your heel pressed firmly against the wall and your foot pointed forward with the edge of your big toe aligned with the edge of the paper.
  4. Draw a line just in front of your big toe
  5. Measure the distance from the wall edge of the paper to the line you drew
  6. Repeat the process for the other foot
  7. Finally, check the longer of the two measurements against the table below to find your size
Your measurement (cm) UK Size EU Size
21.7 3 35
22.1 3.5 36
22.5 4 37
22.9 4.5 37.5
23.3 5 38
23.7 5.5 39
24.1 6 39.5
24.5 6.5 40
24.9 7 41
25.4 7.5 41.5
25.8 8 42
26.2 8.5 42.5
26.6 9 43
27 9.5 44
27.4 10 44.5
27.8 10.5 45
28.3 11 46
28.8 11.5 46.5
29.2 12 47
29.6 12.5 47.5
30 13 48
30.4 13.5 49

NOTE: The above table is only a guide. Manufactures don’t like to make it easy as every single one of them strays from the measurements above.

So, once you have received your chosen footwear please take the time to do these simple tests to check they are actually the right size and that they fit the rest of your foot correctly.

The length test

  1. Whip out the removable footbed from the boots.
  2. Put them on the floor about shoulder-width apart.
  3. With your socks on, stand on the footbeds making sure that your heels are right to the back of the heel cup.
  4. You should now be able to see approximately 2 cm (about an index fingers width) of the footbed poking out in front of your toes.

If you can see this amount of space then you are pretty much on the way to making sure that your boots are the correct size. This space between your toes and the end of the footbed ensures that you will not stub your toes on the inside of the boot when you descend. This can be excruciatingly painful. If you can’t see this amount of space then it’s a good bet that the boots will be too small.

The heel lift test

This test will tell you if the shape of the internal heel cup matches your heel to ensure it holds you securely, especially when ascending steep ground. We are trying to eliminate the dreaded heel blister.

Before you commence this test it is imperative that you have laced the boots correctly.

  1. Tap your heel so it’s as far back in the boot as possible, being sure to keep your foot at a right angle to your leg at all times during the next few steps.
  2. Make sure that the laces have no slack in them across the forefoot by starting at the front of the boot and working the slack backwards and to the top. You should just be able to squeeze the end section of your finger under the laces, not easily, but just about.
  3. If you are wearing shoes then ensure the last upper part of the lacing is tight, not cutting off your circulation tight, but certainly comfortably snug as this will hold your heel back in the heel cup and will reduce any excess slipping (If you are wearing boots, this will be the eyelets that sit just below/inline the ankle).
  4. Please also make sure when trying out boots that use all the lace hooks, don’t be tempted to leave the top one undone as your foot needs to be held securely right in the back of the boot.
  5. Now that your boots are done up properly stand up on your tiptoes and walk on the spot on the balls of your feet as if you are walking up a steep hill. If your heels lift more than approximately 5mm from the footbed you may need to pull the laces tighter, or the boots may just be the wrong shape for you.

The toe wiggle test

This test is designed to check whether you have enough room around your toes. Your toes need to be in a happy place, they need plenty of room to wiggle without being squashed together, or cramped in from above. However they don’t want to be swimming around in acres of space either, this will cause friction blisters and stability problems when traversing hillsides. So, with the boots done up properly, walk around your house and make sure that your toes can wiggle freely.

Home Trial Period

However, even after the most rigorous assessment and testing, there is no better way to be absolutely sure than to have the boots on your feet for an extended period of time. We therefore offer our Home Trial Period which gives you the opportunity to wear the boots around your house to give you an indication of how they feel before you venture outside. We recommend that during the Home Trial Period that you wear the boots for as long as possible and at different times of the day, wear them up and down stairs, when moving around and when resting, you can even sleep in them if you want. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: During the Home Trial Period we insist that the boots are worn indoors only. All footwear must be returned in a new and perfect condition with the original packaging and a proof of purchase. We retain the right to refuse to refund or exchange if footwear shows any sign of being worn outside.

For full details on footwear aftercare please check out our related blog here.

Technical Information

Weight: 525g

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  • 5

    Reviewed by Chris,  On 02/04/2015 16:04:14

    These boots are not only hard wearing but they are so comfortable right from the start. Would recommend them to anyone as a recreation boot, everyday wear or for hiking
    YES Chris would recommend this item
  • 4

    Reviewed by Henrik,  On 02/02/2016 20:39:53

    Perfect fit - nearly as good as my Pilgrims
    YES Henrik would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by M,  On 21/01/2017 13:19:07

    Run true to size v comfortable and look good. Perfect
    YES M would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by M,  On 21/01/2017 13:19:50

    Run true to size v comfortable and look great. Perfect.
    YES M would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Veikko,  On 13/10/2017 14:40:25

    This is my second set of Aku boots - first pair went through hard duty for almost four years. Comfortable, breathable in desert, jungle and Scandic weather. I find Goretex to be very efficient. Highly recommended!
    YES Veikko would recommend this item
  • 5

    Reviewed by Geoffrey,  On 15/02/2019 20:13:40

    These are still the best boot I have worn, so comfortable from the start,I went to order new boots, but out of stock.
    YES Geoffrey would recommend this item
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