We know many of you tremble at the thought of actual trekking, so we come bearing good news. The humble hiking boot, for years left caked in mud abandoned on the doorstep, has outgrown its practical roots.
Sturdy-soled, ankle-supporting and peppered with more eyelets than you can shake a walking pole at, everyone from urban explorers to authentic adventurers are now wearing these burly boots. But, although they’ve made it from the mountainside to the runway, we’re only going to stomp our stamp of approval on the pairs that still stand up to rough terrain. Here’s our pick of the best…
For the extroverted explorer: Common Projects Leather Boots
There are some people who have to look good doing everything. Thank the icy tundra, then, for these smooth dark-brown leather boots from Common Projects. Gilded with the brand’s trademark serial code and complete with comfortable padded rib collars, these are the all-terrain boots for the ever-stylish man.
Common Projects Leather Boots
For the individualistic outdoorsman: Loro Piana Laax Leather Boots
As peaceful as a good wholesome hike can be, the trails can often wear a little thin. It’s a problem, come to think of it, shared with your hiking boot’s laces. Kill two birds, then, with these boots. Not only unique in burnt red, they come with four different sets of laces — a customisation option ideal for replacing broken laces and allaying boredom alike.
Loro Piana Laax Leather Boots
For the Alpine adventurer: Moncler Peak Suede Boots
Stitched into sturdy existence from mushroom suede and Vibram rubber soles, these Moncler hiking boots fly the flag for France — literally. Winding up the laces and cast into the very fabric of the midsoles, the French tricolour is all over these boots. So what better kicks to kick around in on the Alpine passes this winter than France’s finest?
Moncler Peak Suede Boots
For the city slicker: Tod’s Shearling-Lined Suede Boots
Of course, we all know someone who’s wardrobe is stuffed with countrywear — despite the fact that they rarely step out of the city. But, never ones to judge, we’re here to suggest an alternative shoe to fit this lifestyle. Tod’s shearling-lined option is a hybrid of sneaker and hiking styles; perfect for a hard day hiking up and down Bond Street. Just leave the gilet at home…
Tod’s Shearling-Lined Suede Boots
For the consummate cragsman: Brunello Cucinelli Fleece-Lined Leather Boots
They’re the most expensive on this list — but for good reason. The Italian brand’s foot-in-the-door is dressed in the sturdiest rubber lug soles, toughest burnished-leather and most generously-padded collars. These are boots that mean business, and will support and comfort the feet of even the most seasoned mountaineer.
Brunello Cucinelli Fleece-Lined Leather Boots
For the tenacious trekker: Ralph Lauren Fidel Suede Boots
Aside from the luscious green suede uppers — seriously, just look at them — there are other factors that make these boots fantastic. Inspired by the archives of Ralph Lauren, these Vibram-soled sensations are lined with leather to ensure they’ll feel comfortable to walk in all-day long. So, as tenacious a trekker as you may be, Ralph’s got you — and your feet — covered.
Ralph Lauren Fidel Suede Boots
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