Types of use

Which boot will fit me perfectly? Which boot should I buy? These are important questions and come up every time you buy a new pair of shoes or boots. Boots with different fields of application are constructed in different ways. The Meindl terrain categories help immediately with which boot works best for each activity and terrain. Already in 1976 Alfons Meindl had developed these categories, which are still universal validity for every purchase of boots.

Note! the pictures are only a representative of each area. If you have any doubts, always choose the stiffer boot, as it has more possibilities.



Multifunctional boot or shoe – for leisure, outdoor sports activities, travelling and for everyday use.

Leisure, daily life, traveling, walking

Good roads, parks, daily life


Introductory boot for walking and trekking – on high alpine pastures, in low moun-tain ranges and on maintained paths.

Easy walks in the flat country, low mountain range or in the Prealps

Good and not so good paths

Trekking „classic“

The trekking „classic“ – for lengthy walks and comfortable hikes in a gentle alpine landscape.

Demanding hikes in the mountains, light trekking in the mountains of the world

Even on bad roads


Trekking boot

Trekking boot for ambitious trekking –  in low alpine ranges and on fixed rope routes (suitable for flexible crampons).

Sophisticated Trekking, hard walks, high mountains

Even on rough paths and trails, boulders, climbing routes

The alpine boot

The alpine boot – particularly stable for alpine trekking in rocky landscapes, on rock faces, scree and glaciers; suitable for use with crampons.

Tours in high mountains, on glaciers, hardest trekking tours

Glacier, worst paths or pathless, boulders, climbing routes uk swiss watches

Ultimate alpine boot

The ultimate alpine boot –   completely reliable for extreme use in critical landscapes, totally robust for use with crampons

absolutely suitable for crampons

Pathless, glaciers, ice-toures extreme, ice climbing