Happy feet as Alt-Berg sticks with tradition

Mick Payne visits a Yorkshire bootmaker with a proud tradition, after the very comfortable and practical boots they made for him 20 years ago were swiped from under his nose.

“There’ll always be someone who wants a pair of good boots,” was the best advice Alt-Berg founder Mike Sheehan ever received.

During our recent Team Katy charity trip, after I’d left my boots outside the tent to air a bit, some light-fingered Herbert decided he’d like a pair without having to go to the trouble of paying for them.

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This, along with the theft of my fishing bag at the same time, was the only downside of the long journey.

I’d had the boots since they’d been given to me to test on another sidecar trip (this one in aid of Macmillan Nurses) by Yorkshire bootmaker Alt-Berg about 20 years ago.

They had become a faithful and comfortable friend, and I’d ridden many, many miles in them.

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