Sport meets sex for AW / 21’s most popular new hiking shoe trend
Winter is here, which means one thing, and only one thing: boot season has officially started, folks. Sure, classic boots are a practical and reliable choice to help you get through the colder months in style, but a great pair of seasonal shoes that shaves the calves also has the super power to amp up any outfit. ‘one shot. So before you dust off your old devotees from the past five winters, why not consider an upgrade with a pair of the season’s sportiest new walkers?
Over the past few seasons, former Bottega Veneta Creative Director Daniel Lee has created refined incarnations of classic boots, calf-high polished leather Chelseas with oversized threaded rubber soles to puffy, high-rise Wellington styles. ankle and made of biodegradable rubber.
The latest offering in the mix (and arguably our favorite BV boots to date) are the Puddle Bombers. Much like the other boots from the Venetian brand’s recent past, these bad boys, which are imbued with a sporty, sneaker aesthetic, are as sexy as they are useful.
A classic hiking boot imbued with a modern, sporty attitude, the Puddle Bomber features a lightly padded technical fabric upper, which mirrors the Italian fashion house’s current season bomber jackets. Lined to the front, woven metal eyelets with tubular tech laces in contrasting hues for a secure yet eye-catching closure.
Available in eight colors including black, Bottega’s classic ‘parakeet’ green, ink blue and pure white with yellow laces and built around a chunky shape, the Puddle Bomber boots are anything but shy and withdrawn – but why the hell they should be It’s boot season, baby! So you better start walking!
If Bottega Veneta’s Puddle Bombers make you want to hike, here are some of the best alternatives. Don’t forget to end on top too.
Elegantly infused with the chic aesthetic meets the street art director Kim Jones, these sneaker ankle boots are the backbone of Dior’s men’s winter collections. And they should quickly become the mainstay of your cold-weather wardrobe.
Sporty, sexy, silly – these new sporty hikers designed by the late Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton should top your Christmas 2021 list. Because if you’re not coveting some super-branded lime green walking boots right now, then What do you covet?
An affordable entry point to the sporty hiker trend, these ultralight options from Spanish brand Camper will suit most understated winter looks – and they’ll work just as well with garish ones.
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