The Dunham Waffle Stomper Paramount boot had all of the looks and styling of classic hiking boots. We loved the metal lace loops and eye hooks. We especially loved the bright red laces :-)
Although the look of the the Dunham Waffle Stomper Paramount boots may be classic, the materials used are state of the art. There is no stitching on the seams around the Dunham (old boot on the right, new on the left). The seams are completely sealed and waterproof. The smooth leather upper is waterproof, thinner, and softer to minimize break-in time and decrease weight.
The sole extends over the front of the boot for increase traction. The rear of the boot has an external heel support for added stability.
The old Wasatch had an all leather interior. While this was great for durability, it did leave something to be desired in the breathability and moisture control departments. It also took about 3 weeks to break the boots in...which was a boon to companies that make MoleSkin and BandAids.
The Dunham boot's interior is made of synthetic materials. Much of the technology of this boot is in the design of the "fit." The footbed uses a Dunham shock absorption technology called ABZORB. Go here to read more about the details regarding Dunham's footwear technologies.
The tongue design is similar to that of a ski boot. Unlike the old style, it is not completely open. The outer flap closes over the tongue to form a seal against the elements. The flap also helps distribute the pressure from the laces.
It was interesting to note that Switzerland actually made and exported boots at one point in their past. Like most clothing and footwear, the new Dunham boots are now made by high quality manufacturers in the Far East.
However, the material, technology, and designs are still from companies we have known and trusted. The company known for its durable sole is Vibram. Time has taken its toll on the old boot's label, but one cannot mistake the Vibram yellow on the new boot.
On the left are the classic Vibram thread patterns. On the right are the new Waffle design.
It will be interesting to see how well this pattern performs on different surfaces (snow, dirt, rock, etc...) and how long it lasts. I guess we'll know in another 30 years or so :-)