My Ideal Outdoor Shoes
Price comparison sites are all the rage. They allow you to compare different providers of gas and electricity and different offers of cheap car insurance, different airlines and different types of meerkats. Some even extend the range of their offerings to sportswear.
I did not know this either until Idealo contacted us and asked us whether we were interested in the goods listed on their price comparison UK site. Well, we did not hesitate for long – because I at least knew exactly what I wanted: a new pair of hiking boots.
Can a gentleman ever have enough hiking boots? The answer is clearly yes, but I simply have not reached that point yet. Other men have a bride in every port – me, I have a pair of hiking boots.
But wait, I can explain. Mrs. Easy Hiker and I, after all, do not spend all of our hiking holidays in the great outdoors: we like to round off our days with meals in nice restaurants, and occasionally Mrs. Easy Hiker even manages to schlep me into an art gallery or some such place of high culture.
In surroundings such as these, wearing hiking boots of the conventional sort always makes me feel as if I was some country bumpkin who has strayed into a genteel gathering way above his station. (Probably true, but there you go.) Which is why I have long been looking for something a little, well, if not exactly elegant, at least a little less rustic. “All-purpose” is probably the word.
Our recent trip to the Mecklenburger Seenplatte provided the ideal opportunity for putting our new shoes (since you ask: we both went for the Timberland Nubucks) to the test: while a walk around Lake Schwerin features all different sorts of terrain – forest, swampy grounds and even a sandy beach – the city of Schwerin has a Cathedral as well as plenty of museums and places for fine dining, subjecting your footwear to a totally different type of challenge.
I am glad to say that our new shoes passed both stages of the test with high marks. Mrs. Easy Hiker and I agreed (a rare event): We made the right choice.
And choice is what idealo.co.uk offers!
Let’s say you are, like us, interested in finding the ideal outdoor shoes, Idealo allow you to filter your results by brand, product type, price range – or to combine any criteria in an “advanced search” option. They certainly make it easy for you to find what you are looking for.
Once you have found the product you want, you can specify different colours and sort your search results by price (incl. delivery).
A “Price Trend” option is available for each product – which means that, by clicking on the so-called “trend graph”, you can sign up for Idealo’s price watcher service which will alert you by email when the price reaches your ideal amount.
Not only do they make it easy for you to find what you are looking for – they also deliver it for a price you are willing to pay. (And you’d be surprised at the wide gaps in prices charged by the different providers. Go to the website just for fun – and for a chuckle at the sheer nerve of some.)
What more can you ask for? I only came across Idealo because they offered to sponsor us.
But if ever I am looking for gear to buy, this is where I would start. Honestly, folks.
So, for cheap flight or cheap car insurance, you can go anywhere you like. But for cheapest offers in outdoor gear, you could do worse than try out idealo.co.uk.
As Aleksandr from the village of Meerkovo would very nearly say: it is not that hard, actually.