Made for one-day hikes in all weather conditions and on challenging trails. These children's hiking shoes are ideal for mountain footpaths thanks to the sole with very good grip, the reinforced upper and the waterproof membrane.
The sole design that has been the subject of extensive research in our laboratories, combined with a specific rubber composition to optimise grip and traction. Because all needs are different, we always search for the best compromise for muddy and dry terrain.
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. 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. Then they are placed, half immersed, on a mechanical arm to simulate walking, to check that the inside of the shoe is completely dry.
3 levels of waterproofing
During the waterproofing test, we test 3 levels of waterproofing, i.e. 2000 flexes (about 2 hours of walking), 4000 flexes (about 4 hours of walking) and 8000 flexes (about 8 hours of walking). Naturally, after this test or in use, the waterproofing of the boot will be restored when it is dry again. The junior Forclaz 500 high shoes are waterproof to 4000 flexes.
Making waterproofing last longer
A boot’s waterproofing is often undermined by water getting in from the top of the shoe. To keep your feet dry longer, it is therefore advisable to use a gaiter or waterproof mini gaiter to protect the top of the shoe and prevent water from getting in, and also pebbles, sand etc. It is also advisable to use a re-waterproofing spray a few times a year, to restore the original water-repellent qualities and combat external stains.
Allow children to try on both shoes, standing up, with the socks worn for hiking. Try on several models or sizes if necessary. Check two comfort points: the heel seating and the front of the foot on a downward slope. Avoid any pressure points when trying them on. It’s a good idea to get your child to walk around the store. Let your child wear the shoes gradually during their first hiking trips so the shoes adapt to their feet.
What size should I choose?
For hiking, try taking one shoe size up from your usual to ensure optimum comfort when going downhill and to prevent your toes from hitting the toe box. Tip: keep your nails short and, before making your descent, check that your lacing prevents your foot from sliding towards the front of the boot.
Other laboratory tests are also conducted to validate the following elements: tearing of eyelets and straps, bonding, toxicology, UV resistance, abrasion of sole and upper components, accelerated ageing.
Store in a dark, dry and well-ventilated place.
All our boots undergo use tests carried out around the Mont Blanc area by users who are representative of our target market, in conditions identical to those found in typical use.
Outer sole of : 100.0% Polyurethane (PU) Upper of : 50.0% Polyester (PES), Upper of : 50.0% Polyurethane (PU) Lining and sock of : 100.0% Polyester (PES)