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Step Up Your Game: A Guide to the Different Types of Shoes and Their Uses for Every Activity

Established in 1938 in Scotland, Trespass is a leading outdoor retailer in the UK, providing clothing, footwear, and equipment for all your outdoor needs. Nikwax took a moment to tap into their expertise about all things footwear! Sit back, read on, and discover the perfect shoe for every activity with their comprehensive guide to the different types of shoes and their uses.

Did you know that wearing the right footwear can make or break your performance? Unfortunately, wearing the wrong kind of shoes can be detrimental to your health, as well as your performance and comfort. You can improve your performance in any activity by always having the right shoes for the job and familiarising yourself with the types of footwear suitable for your chosen activities. With our advice, you will be able to find the ideal pair of shoes for any event and ensure that your feet are never subjected to discomfort.

But it’s not just about choosing the right shoes; it’s also about keeping them in good condition. That’s where Nikwax comes in – their products are designed to protect the materials and keep them looking their best. Nikwax aftercare is ideal for all types of footwear, from running shoes to work boots, hiking sandals and even casual shoes. Their products offer waterproofing, UV protection, and dirt and stain repellency, to keep your shoes looking and performing their best. Nikwax will keep your footwear clean and in good condition for longer, no matter the activity.

Different types of shoes and their uses

Walking Shoes:
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires walking regularly and suitable shoes will make all the difference. Cushioning to lessen the stress on your feet and joints, as well as arch support for added comfort, are two features that should be included in high-quality walking shoes. In addition, you should search for shoes with sturdy outsoles that provide a decent grip, allowing you to walk securely on wet or slippery terrain.

Key features:

  1. Cushioning for comfort and support
  2. Arch support
  3. Sturdy outsoles
  4. Grippy surfaces for good traction.

Trespass offers a wide selection of comfy, cushioned walking shoes with arch support and grippy outsoles that keep your feet feeling wonderful on your walks.

Hiking Boots:
You should, of course, invest in a good pair of hiking boots if you enjoy hiking! Try to find boots that offer excellent cushioning, protection against water, and that have a strong grip. Additionally, you should seek boots with adjustable lacing systems to suit the size and form of your foot.

Key features:

  1. Cushioning for comfort and support
  2. Waterproof membrane to protect your feet from moisture
  3. Sturdy outsoles with a strong grip
  4. Adjustable lacing system for a precise fit
  5. Supportive midsole construction

Trespass is proud to provide a wide range of high-quality hiking boots, striking the ideal balance between convenience and safety for use in the great outdoors. Our collection offers excellent cushioning, waterproof membranes and sturdy outsoles for your protection.

When exercising, a good pair of running shoes or trainers is essential. Look for shoes that offer plenty of ventilation, cushioning and support, since this will help keep your feet from overheating. Running shoes should also have plenty of grip on their soles, which will help prevent slipping on difficult terrain. Need a new pair of trainers to boost your performance? Check out the Trespass range of running shoes, perfect for fitness enthusiasts.

Key features:

  1. Flexible and responsive sole for natural foot movement
  2. Stability and support for your foot’s arch
  3. Shock-absorbing midsole for reducing impact
  4. Breathable upper materials to keep your feet cool and dry
  5. Removable insoles for custom fit and support

Trespass offers a wide variety of trainers for men and women with all of these features.

Casual shoes should be as comfortable as they are practical. Look for lightweight shoes with ample cushioning and arch support, enabling you to walk comfortably. We recommend choosing shoes with rubber soles since they offer superior traction and are more durable.

Key features:

  1. Lightweight construction
  2. Ample cushioning and arch support for comfort
  3. Breathable materials to keep your feet cool and dry
  4. Rubber soles for superior traction and durability

You’ll find casual shoes for men and women at Trespass, perfect for everyday wear.

The benefits of using Nikwax on footwear

Nikwax products help protect your footwear from the elements, prolong its life, and keep shoes looking great. Nikwax’s unique waterproofing properties allow water to bead up and run off the fabric instead of absorbing into it, increasing breathability and preventing water absorption.

Key features:

  1. Waterproofing – Nikwax helps keep water out of your shoes, so your feet stay drier and more comfortable in wet weather.
  2. Breathability – Nikwax also allows sweat to escape and evaporate away from the foot.
  3. Protection – Nikwax forms an additional layer against dirt, grime, and other environmental factors that can damage and age your shoes prematurely.
  4. Durability – Nikwax helps to extend the life of your footwear, keeping it looking better for longer.

Ultimately, Nikwax is ideal for anyone looking to keep their footwear in top condition. If you want your shoes to stay waterproof, breathable and protected against the elements, Nikwax is the perfect solution. You can find the full range of Nikwax products at Trespass:

If you take time to research the many different kinds of footwear on the market, you will have a better idea of the most suitable type for your chosen activity, ensuring your feet are always relaxed and comfortable outdoors. Happy exploring!

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Twelve simple ideas to lift your happiness

Let’s face it, we’ve had a lot to deal with in the past 12 months and with national restrictions in place, it hasn’t been an easy ride at all.

Getting outside however, is vital for our all-round health (even just a few minutes can lift the spirits) so we have listed twelve simple ideas to inspire you to get your daily dose of fresh air and exercise. Pick and choose as you please, or work through our list one by one – top down or bottom up, whatever lifts your happiness!

  1. Dust off your trowel

Tend those borders and vegetable patches, weed the paving and generally spruce up your garden so you are able to enjoy it to its fullest in the warmer months. Spending 20-30 minutes outdoors each day, whether it is watering or weeding will certainly help lift the spirits.

  1. Do your bit for the birds

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is giving everyone free access to Garden BirdWatch during the pandemic, helping you stay connected to nature whilst contributing to important scientific research. You’ll be helping Britain’s birds and feel good doing your bit. Join here now.

  1. Embrace outside hygge!

Fire pits and outdoor blankets are a worthwhile investment for your outdoor space, adding another dimension to family life. String up fairy lights, snuggle down with a cosy hot chocolate and you’ll be surprised at the relaxing transformation in your outside space.

  1. Take up outdoor meditation

Oh so simple and an excellent way to reduce anxiety and lessen stress, the use of nature and outdoor space in meditation is proven to yield mental health benefits. We don’t purport to be experts, but finding a quiet spot outside, closing your eyes and focussing on your breathing is a great place to start.

  1. Get snapping

Your best camera is the one that is always with you and who doesn’t leave the house without their smartphone these days? Next time you head out for your daily dose of exercise, use it to capture a view or a moment in time. Perhaps you could document your walks each day or challenge yourself to achieve a magazine-worthy wildlife shot?

  1. Exercise with a buddy

What better way to motivate yourself to get outside for a daily dose of exercise than teaming up with one pal from your support bubble or another household? Walking, running or cycling in unfavourable weather is far more enjoyable with someone by your side (albeit 2 metres away). So put the feelers out and you’ll be surprised at the response!

  1. Organise a scavenger hunt

Unleash your inner Bear Grylls and organise an outdoor scavenger hunt for your family. A super boredom-buster, children (and competitive parents) will love exploring whilst working through their checklist in your garden, a local park or nature reserve. Anything goes, from leaves and flowers to insects and animal tracks!

  1. Plan a winter picnic

Layer up, fill your flask with hot coffee and pop some warm snacks in a thermal food container (foil works pretty well too). Find a sheltered spot and, unless the weather is biblical, you will be surprised how enjoyable it can be. Beaches and countryside are all outdoor public places we can visit with friends now, so lets make the most of it.

  1. Have a go at foraging

Don’t be put off by cold, damp weather – we are in some of the best months for foraging! Dandelions, hawthorn berries and sweet chestnuts are just some of the goodies found on chilly walks. Take a good field guide with you (positive identifications are vital) and be sure to check first that you are allowed to forage in an area – never taking more than you need.

  1. Cook al fresco

Most people don’t think about cooking outside at this time of year, but why shouldn’t we extend our barbeque season? Providing its dry, cooking al fresco in the cooler months is still good fun and can be very satisfying. Food always tastes better when cooked outside.

  1. Try cold water swimming

Yes, we are serious! An icy dip releases endorphins, adrenaline and cortisol, helping to lift mood, whilst the effect of submerging your body in cold water increase the body’s white blood cell count, improving immunity and your reaction to stress. Whether it’s (your own) pool, a lake or the sea that appeals, clue yourself up on safety advice first:

  1. Plan your next holiday (outside, with a coffee)

Because, let’s face it, we’re ready for one! We don’t mean actually booking and paying for it, but there’s nothing wrong with a bit of escapism. Whether it’s beaches and mountains, or lakes and hills that tick your holiday box, dreaming about your next trip (and even the one after that) should put a smile on your face.

Please stay safe and follow the rules at all times.

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What type of runner are you?

While we are all taught to think outside the box, sometimes it’s fun to think inside the box. There are obviously a number of different types of runners and people run for different reasons, but let’s say we classify them into 10 specific types, which one are you?
Watch out, you might find that you fit into a few different types!

Competition King
“Let’s head out for a casual run”. Steer clear if a Competition King mentions this phrase, unless you are feeling particularly spritely! You will usually find the pace of said “casual run” slowly increasing and before you know it the run has turned into a race. It’s all about finishing first for this runner.

Be aware that these runners are not always to be avoided – they can push your own limits and remind you that you can achieve more – and there’s something wonderful about new running milestones.

Running has become more popular over the years; you can barely step out of the house without spotting a runner, whatever time of day. However, spotting an old school runner is rare; they started running years before it was cool. They still wear regular T’s, knee-high socks and plimsolls, and they definitely don’t believe in running gadgets/technology. Yes, they are stubborn and set in their ways but, they are also passionate and vivacious.

The Elite
Let’s be frank, we all know people who sign up to races on an impulse and manage to reach the top 10, without seeming like they do any work. Here’s the simple thing about “The Elite”, they might have some natural talents, but they do also work extremely hard! Enough Said.

The Slow Coach
Talk about running or being a runner to this person and they will automatically say, “Ohhh, I’m a slow runner”, as if it’s an automatic reflex and they don’t even realise they’ve said it. However, this often isn’t the case – they are in denial or are just being modest. This particular runner is most likely a speed freak who is hiding under the slow coach label.

The meditator likes to be lost in thought, concentrate on their breathing techniques and run without worrying about time or speed. This runner doesn’t run with headphones or a running partner, they like to explore their deep inner self when they are out running. Running is their yoga. Namaste!

The Groupie
No one available = no miles run! An unfortunate running type, they often miss getting their miles in for fear of going solo. However, the great thing about being friends with a groupie is that on days where you might want to skip a run, they encourage you and make those dreaded miles enjoyable.

The thought is better than the effort. The bucket list guys. Someone who has big ideas to run a marathon but never actually sign up. But, before you know it, just about any other excuse will be pulled out of the bag.

The almost runner might need a groupie to drag them through a few of those first tough runs.

Trail Blazer
“Treadmill running, eughhhhhhh?! Is that even real running?”
The trail blazer can’t understand why you would spend your time anywhere else but on the trails. An absolute obvious no-brainer for them, when nature is so beautiful, fresh air trumps air conditioning and mud is gentler on the knees. They might also enjoy running barefoot, but try not to judge!

Busy Bee
The Instagram star, the working mum, the socialite, and to top it off, an Ultra Marathon runner!

The busy bee skips out on runs because life happens, but they also know how important those runs are to their health, so when they get any chance they embrace it. They help remind us that we should find time for our own priorities.

Number Geek
They are the number crunchers with an Excel spreadsheet for just about everything. Mileage, average pace per run, average pace per mile, overall miles on run each pair of shoes – it is all documented. They might even document the number of toilet stops per running route! Number crunchers are ready to talk about results at any given time to anyone with a remote interest. Seeing the numbers change and improve is their number one motivation. They are the ‘did you know’ types.


Whichever type you end up being just remember running is good for your health. It is good for building up cardiovascular strength, building muscle and improving mental wellbeing. Plus, being outside in the fresh air allows you to top up your vitamin D intake. And, what else makes all runners the same at the end of the day? Their running kit… It will get sweaty, smelly and need copious amounts of cleaning, especially during the warmer months of the year. What do all runners need? The Nikwax Sports Kit! This is the all-in-one aftercare package that contains the essential items you need to keep your clothing and footwear in peak condition. Learn all you need to know about our Sports Kit HERE!


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Interview: Get Outside with Parkrun

According to YouGov, last year’s second most popular New Year’s resolution was to ‘exercise more’ (top of the list was ‘eat better’).

But if you’re not the sort of person to relish the wintry weather, you might need some encouragement to exercise outdoors. Especially as it’s common knowledge most of us will give up on our resolutions after just a few weeks, if not days.

The way to get back into exercise is to turn it into a regular habit, whilst ensuring it’s actually achievable and fun. Exercising with friends or family as well means you have support and further encouragement – or the guilt of not letting others down.

That’s where organisations like Parkrun come in.

Parkrun organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs around British parklands. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. They take place in all weathers – so remember to Nikwax your running kit before you join in.

We spoke to volunteer Glen Turner about how and why it works so well…

Parkrun has become an incredible success in a short space of time. What is it about its formula that’s made it so popular, so quickly?
Parkrun is a social movement and every event is delivered by a community for their community. Each event is dedicated to breaking down the barriers to participation, which we regard as walking, running and volunteering. Parkruns are supportive, welcoming, non-competitive and the emphasis is on fun and friendship. Parents can push their baby in a buggy and many events allow people to take part with their dog on a short lead. 

Regular participation is celebrated, rather than performance, with ‘milestone shirts’ providing incentive for people to achieve 50, 100, 250 and 500 parkruns. Most parkruns are centred around a local cafe or similar, with all participants and spectators encouraged to get together for a hot drink and a chat after the event.

What if I’ve never run a 5k – how can I get to the point where I feel comfortable joining in with Parkrun?
There are several different ways to get involved with parkrun if you’re a little nervous coming along for the first time.

1Simply come along and spectate, chat to people and socialise. This will give you a great feel for the event and show that the people taking part are of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and fitness levels.

2. All Parkruns have a volunteer Tail Walker who provides support and encouragement to people and ensure that nobody ever comes last at a Parkrun! Consider coming along and walking with the Tail Walker on your first visit.

3. Parkruns are coordinated entirely by local volunteers. All tasks are straightforward, no experience is necessary and there’s something for everyone. Volunteering is a great way to be involved in the event when you first go along, and for many people is the springboard to building up the confidence to walk or run the 5k for the first time.

What if I am a seasoned, experienced runner? How can I make Parkrun part of my plan to improve my performance?
Because Parkruns are held every week, many experienced runners use them for their weekly faster run. Having a group of people around you can be a big motivation to run faster than you would do on your own, and the volunteer course marshals at Parkrun are famous for the encouragement and support they give to everyone completing the course.

How does Parkrun take care of the environments in which people run?
Every Parkrun is a collaboration between the landowner where the event takes place and the local Parkrun community. Many Parkruns work closely with councils, Friends of the Park groups and other stakeholders to carry out litter picks, park maintenance and simply to make these outdoor spaces more visible to people in the wider community who haven’t utilised them in the past.

Is there more to Parkrun than just a run in the park?
Parkruns are community events that have an impact that extends far beyond walking, running, volunteering or spectating on a Saturday morning. For many people, Parkruns foster friendships, instigate healthier lifestyle choices throughout the week, increase confidence and promote professional development through the wide range of volunteering roles available.

Earlier this year, Parkrun partnered with the Royal College of GPs on an initiative called ‘Parkrun Practices’, which allows GP practices to effectively ‘prescribe’ Parkrun to patients, where appropriate, as an alternative to traditional medication. Almost 600 GP surgeries in the UK are now certified ‘Parkrun Practices’. Our bold ambition is to make the world a healthier and happier place and it’s these types of collaborations that really demonstrate the holistic benefits that Parkruns can provide.

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Throw away your hibernation coat and get out for spring adventures.

Spring has officially sprung and we know that the days will slowly be getting warmer and more pleasant for us to get outside and step up our activity levels.

Fancy a run?

We are just weeks away from the London Marathon and many of us will be increasing training plans in order to be fit and ready for the test of endurance that lies ahead.

Even if you are not participating in as heavy duty an event as the Marathon, you may find you want to increase your daily runs to build-up fitness levels now that the days are longer and more enjoyable.

Spring is one of the best times to take your activities up a notch – the weather is not as hot as in summer, so you can push yourself further without feeling wiped out in the heat.

Perhaps trail running is your preferred choice – feeling invigorated as you make your way across a range of natural landscapes – normally in mountainous terrain, well away from urban environments. This activity is increasing with participants on a yearly basis, with people acknowledging the stress relief when being out in such a relaxing natural environment – as well as the less physical impact on your body compared to running on pavements.

If running is your chosen sport then you are open to many simple options with regards the gear that you wear. The key element will be running shoes – you don’t want anything that will rub against your feet and cause blisters! Aside from this, you just need comfortable base layers that will stay breathable and regulate your body temperature, so that you do not overheat and feel sweaty, nor do you feel too cold.

If you are training for the Marathon then find some good tips HERE! If trail running races are your thing then you can find a list of events HERE.

Perhaps a countryside treasure hunt suits you?

If running is a little too energetic why not try Geocaching! If you love taking a walk in the countryside but want something a bit different, then Geocaching is like treasure hunting. This pastime can get the entire family out and about to enjoy the spring weather and see what they will locate at all different destinations!

Key equipment will be a method of transport (Geocaches are out in the countryside!) and a GPS receiver, in order to log coordinates to take you to your destination. Once there you should be able to hunt and locate a Geocache box – feel free to add to the contents and also log your name!


Otherwise, all you really need are comfortable walking shoes and some layers – rain can strike at any time, as can beautiful warming sunshine. As you won’t necessarily know what the terrain is like until you get there, you want to be ready in advance so you can just have fun on your hunt. Therefore, make sure your breathable outdoor footwear is cleaned and prepped in advance, just in case you reach wet or boggy ground. If footwear is dirty then you are more likely to find water being absorbed, meaning you get cold and wet feet. Having a lightweight waterproof jacket with you is also a good idea – keep any showers at bay, yet something you can pack away in a rucksack if you are feeling warm.

Want to give the kids a different outdoor adventure? Then read up on Geocaching HERE

Power to the pedal

Dedicated bike enthusiasts will get out on the hills no matter the weather and will happy endure the mud, water and ice that winter can bring. During spring, the environment can be more forgiving if you want to get those two wheels hitting the ground, without coming home cold, muddy and wet!

Make sure your bike is ready – tyres pumped, chain oiled and everything working in tiptop condition. Then get your clothing ready – once you get going you warm up a treat, but you need good technical layers, because your ride can start off cool or even damp depending on the weather.

If you have not cycled much over winter then increase your level of cycling slowly, otherwise you can risk causing injuries to your knees because the muscles may not be as used to the motion as they were.

You could start your spring cycling on local normal road routes, before building up to prettier off-road natural locations. There is so much choice out there to be had!

To find cycle routes to suit you then look HERE.


Your key aftercare kit for all spring activities!
Whatever you choose to do, there will be a Nikwax aftercare product to suit your needs. Don’t ever let the weather stand in your way. We love the natural environment and we want you to get the most out of your outdoors experience.

Base Layer Care
BaseWash: thoroughly cleans away any contaminants on your gear, keeping them feeling as good as the day you bought them. 

BaseFresh: a technical conditioner that you can use to deodorise your running gear – it will keep them smelling fresh even whilst you are using them! Bacteria build-up is reduced, whilst the items will spread sweat and dry quickly, so you are always comfortable when running.

Wet Weather Gear Care
Tech Wash: the high performance cleaner, which removes dirt and contaminants which may be inhibiting the durable water repellency (DWR). It cleans and revives the water repellency and breathability. 

TX.Direct: the waterproofer for wet weather gear. After time the DWR needs replenishing and TX. Direct will coat all fibres of the garment with a flexible water repellent treatment. Water can bead up and run off your gear, that than be absorbed into the fabric and making you damp.

Footwear Aftercare
Footwear Cleaning Gel: for use on all waterproof outdoors / sports footwear. It efficiently cleans away all dirt, which may be masking the water repellency. For newer footwear it will also revive the DWR, helping to prevent ‘wetting out’. 

Fabric & Leather Proof: used for all combination footwear, this will provide a water repellent treatment, which develops on air drying, to ensure your feet stay dry and comfortable.
Waterproofing Wax for Leather: perfect for smooth leather footwear, it can be applied to wet or dry leather providing water repellency, whilst maintaining the leather’s breathability and suppleness without over-softening.