Alpine-Style Hiking Boots Are Everywhere and We're Smitten

Seven rugged kicks that play nice from sidewalk to summit

By Michael Nolledo

 
Alpine-Style Hiking Boots Are Everywhere and We're Smitten
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28 November 2016

The right hiking boot for the city balances the rugged with the refined.

Because let’s be honest: as much as you love climbing mountains as the next guy, the opportunities to do so are most likely few and far between.

But pay that no mind. Come winter, urban environs offer their own kind of hostile terrain: one that involves cracked ice and blackened slush. Take the wrong step and you may find yourself knee-deep in a sinkhole-sized pothole. Icy obstacles abound.

Menacing? Yes. But wintry elements are no match for the footwear you’ll find below. Don’t think you’ll have to baby them, either. With traction-friendly soles to match a ruggedly appointed style, these boots are truly made for walking.

Clockwise from top left: Ronnie Fieg x Fracap RF120 Hiking Boot ($275); Topo Designs x Danner Ridge Boot ($304); Diemme Roccia Vet in Cuoio Pelle ($419); Michael Kors Lance Leather Hiking Boot ($498); Oak Street Bootmakers Summit Boot ($526); Off-White Hiking Boots ($685); Viberg Hiker Whole-Cut Leather Boots ($660)

Main Photo: Topo Designs

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