I spent a few hours today looking at photos of national parks, longing to walk among tall evergreens in awe-inspiring valleys and on grand sweeping high ranges. I’m not usually a very outdoorsy person, at least not in a Texas sort of way. Here, it’s so hot outside most of the year that me and outdoors just don’t match. But looking at the beauty of our national parks had me thinking about hiking, which I do enjoy, especially in cooler places that aren’t Texas… As shoes are never far off in my mind, hiking boots came to mind. I wondered recently whether there are stylish hiking boots. They seem to all be rather similar. There is certainly a “typical hiking boot,” but since I like every piece of clothing (especially footwear) to reflect my individual style, I wondered what kind of hiking boot out there could represent me.
With hiking in the back of my mind, I felt drawn to the functional, almost blue collar-influences visible in all of these shoes by Diesel. I see stylistic elements of hiking, biker boots, broken in jeans perhaps worn by a craftsman. Now, while I wouldn’t recommend climbing the Grand Tetons in any of these high elevation beauties, they did reflect something unpolished and wild to me. The pair Charles show the clearest hiking boot influences with the two-tone laces, fur accent and D-ring eyelets.
I have to say, I absolutely adore the mini jeans look of the Liason styles. I associate jeans with my father, who is a carpenter and has probably worn jeans nearly every day of his life. Thus the handyman association of these makes them all the more charming to me, not to mention they are wedges, which I am currently obsessed with. Check out the third photo for details of the details in the denim. Tiny pockets, small version of the waistband, a creative approach to branding. What’s not to love? Now can they be a functional member of any wardrobe? Probably not, but they’ve perfectly married the two essences of this post: versatile, comfortable outdoor footwear and towering dressed down heels.
The cowboy boot meets motorcycle boot Nels exceeds the simple stylistic staples of both by transforming them into something new with a loose, green wash denim upper and thick stacked heel. These are about details. Check out the triple stitching on the platform.