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During the fall months, most outdoor adventurers have two pairs of shoes — the durable trail-ready shoe or boot for hiking, and the laid-back boot for casual days. As the fall season nears and your focus shifts to updating your wardrobe with seasonally-appropriate gear, you may be thinking that you need both options, but I’m here to tell you otherwise.
By choosing the right fall boot, you can find a balance of durability for taking on a trail (and any seasonal elements), while still catering to your fashion sense. Hikers, in particular, are one of the best boot styles to choose from when looking for such versatility.
To spare you from spending loads of money on two pairs of boots this fall, we rounded up the seven best pairs for serving both purposes. Legacy brands like Timberland, L.L.Bean, and Eddie Bauer, as well as startups like Thursday Boot Company and Forsake all have options that ARE versatile enough for wearing on and off the trail.
Whether you’re venturing off into the wilderness or simply getting dressed for a normal fall day, these boots can meet all of your needs.
Check them out, below:
Timberland World Hiker Mid
Released as part of Timberland’s Retro Hiker Collection, the World Hiker Mid blends old-school hiker aesthetics with modern comfort and design elements. They feature a premium suede and leather upper, rustproof hardware, and SensorFlex soles for flexibility on any terrain. The result is a boot that’s fully equipped for the trail, yet not too bulky to be worn on the street. With six colors ranging from this subdued green suede and gum-soled pair to a bold blue suede with orange-speckled midsoles, there’s a pair for every type of fashion sense.
I went with my true shoe size and got the perfect fit. After wearing them all day long, I can say that SensorFlex soles make a real difference in comfort. While other boots are encumbering, the Timberland World Hiker Mid is as comfortable as a pair of high-top sneakers.
L.L.Bean Waterproof Katahdin Hiking Boots
Inspired by European hiking boots, the L.L.Bean Katahdin is both trail and fall fashion-friendly. The smooth tan leather and brown cordura mesh upper is contrasted by hits of blue on the laces and an orange stripe on the midsole. Completed with L.L.Bean’s exclusive VertiGrip outsole, they’re extremely rugged.
Eddie Bauer K-6 Hiker Boot
Eddie Bauer first introduced the K-6 Hiker in 1964. More than 50 years later, the classic design returns for two reasons: it’s timeless style and undeniable durability. The K-6 features a smooth full-grain leather upper, Weatheredge waterproof breathable membranes, and rugged Vibram soles.
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