With the rising temperatures and clear blue skies, Great Britain has embraced the outdoors, pursuing all manner of leisure activities.
Whether it’s a casual stroll with the dog after a Sunday roast or a full blown cross country run along mountain trails and winding forest paths, Great Britain has embraced the outdoors on an unprecedented level.
If it’s all because of the recession or the beautiful weather no one can be quite sure, but instead of staying inside or going out for the evening more people than ever are investing in a pair of outdoor shoes for a wide range of activities.
Trail running has been a gradually growing British sport for many years, having been spawned from cross country and fell running. Trail running combines elements of both parent sports, incorporating the speed and energy of cross country running with the obstacles and navigation required in fell running, but with more gradual gradients and fairer conditions.
As trail running has become an increasingly popular pastime for outdoor enthusiasts and even road runners looking for a new challenge, manufacturers have launched a wide range of specialised trail running shoes for the purposes of crossing all manner of terrain.
In order to meet the needs of many road runners who are taking their sport off road and into the countryside, many of the leading running shoes manufacturers including Saucony and New Balance have taken their best selling running trainers and redesigned them with new high traction sole units and more rugged materials.
Some manufacturers have even gone so far to produce a series of fell running shoes for the most extreme types of trail running. Fell running was founded in the highlands of Scotland during medieval times as has remained a popular village sport ever since, attractive thousands of fell runners from around the world whose only goal is to run the steep gradients of the fells. Fell running has an enormous Lake District following with annual fell running and trail running series of events taking place throughout the year.
But trail running is not the only sport to flourish this summer. Walking and hiking has proved a more popular activity than ever before with British brands such as Hi-Tec and Brasher taking the lion’s share of the UK outdoor market. Brasher has always been a firm favourite amongst outdoor enthusiasts with their best selling Hillmaster GTX, which are still Britain’s best selling hiking shoes, even after 15 years.
Meanwhile the more experienced walkers, trekkers and hikers have been making extensive use of approach shoes for tougher mountain trails and rocky paths. In the same way that modern trail running shoes take the best running shoes styles and redesign them with a high traction sole and hard wearing materials, approach shoes are created by combining the last and cushioning of the best trainers with the technical features and underfoot support of the best walking shoes to create a versatile hybrid for all types of terrain.
It seems that when the going gets tough, the tough go hiking –or walking, or running. This year the UK has seen a renewed interest in health and fitness with many people cancelling their expensive gym memberships in favour of more traditional keep fit regimes involving the outdoors, whether it’s walking, running or one of many other inexpensive activities.
Blessed by warm weather and sunny skies, Great Britain can look forward to a fantastic summer of relatively cheap outdoor pursuits. So for the web’s widest choice of sports and outdoor shoes, be sure to check out www.fitnessfootwear.com.
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