Urban appropriation of practical clothing is nothing new. From plaid shirts to cosy cable-knit sweaters, women have long harbored a subconscious desire to wear things that identify with the great outdoors.Footwear is no different. Sneakers made the short walk from the sports field to the high street decades ago. Now hiking boots are experiencing a similar transition, descending from snowy peaks and windswept moors to become a mainstay of many a lady’s wardrobe.
Below, we’ve picked our favorite examples. Clearly, some have been designed with appearance rather than practicality in mind, but there are also some that are tailor-made for serious trekking. So, whether you’re a committed hiker or a fair-weather city stroller, invest in the pair that appeals most, and use them however you see fit.
Danner Mountain Light Cascade Hiking Boots
Featured in the Fox Searchlight Pictures release ‘WILD,’ the women’s Mountain Light Cascade hiking boots are a tribute to the iconic Danner style from the early 1970’s.
Finn Comfort ‘Garmisch’ Leather Hiking Boot
Take on the trails with a comfort-minded boot handcrafted in Germany from vegetable-tanned leather. The ergonomic Finn Comfort footbed cradles your foot with every step, and can be removed for washing after dusty treks.
New Balance 710 Vazee Outdoor Hiking Sneaker
Perfect combo of hiking boots and performance running sneaks. Treaded rubber sole.
Bussola ‘Kim’ Hiking Bootie
A burnished toe and lugged sole give this round-toe bootie a refined-rugged vibe that pairs perfectly with denim and swishy Boho silhouettes. Wraparound laces and contrast stitches keep it cool and casual.
Woolrich ‘Rockies’ Hiking Boot
A classic lace-up hiking boot merges rich wool paneling with water-resistant, full-grain leather for a look that’s both rugged and beautiful, while a cozy wool lining and cushy insole provide serious comfort cred.
Prada Water Resistant Lace-Up Hiker Boot
Crafted of black smooth calfskin, Prada’s hiking-inspired boots are styled with a rubberized toe, durable rubber sole and concealed wedge at interior.