Hking boots are often not the most comfortable shoes you can wear, but when you are out in the nature, you need footwear that does not limit you in your movement or comfort.
There are a lot of running shoes that provide natural foot movement but non of these technologies have been put in a solid hiking boot.
I had the chance at LOWA to design a hiking boot concept for the near future of 2012 with focus on a new outsole pattern and studs that follow the flexing motion during walking.
My focus was the anatomy of the foot, to get a hiking boot, that is designed after the needs and the movement of our foot.
The greatest mistake is to limit the freedom of movement of an athlete´s foot. Therefor provide freedom of movement, yet keep the neccesairy support and stability.
Simply holding a shoe in the hands was the idea for a great
support around the foot, even when considering the flex zones.
The LOWA KIBO GTX carries a true innovative design process. The upper of the boot is designed after the anatomical needs of the foot. The human ankle is not a symmetrical joint, the lateral side has been designed differently than the medial. On the inside of our foot, the ankles is located slightly higher and more forward, therefor the upper of a boot can´t be symmetrical as it normally is. The foot does not need the same support on the outside, as it does on the inside. Also the lacing has been moved more to the medial SIDE to provide even better fit around the arch.