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Fear No Trail

5 Best Backpacking Boots of 2014

Whether you’re out for a marathon day hike, or fine tuning your kit for a week long adventure, a pair of comfortable, sturdy boots will keep your feet in working order for the duration.

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Freshen Your Kicks

Guide to Life: Treat Your Boots Like Royalty

You’ve finally done it — you beat the living shit out of your beautiful new boots. Yes, it was painful at first (the initial scuff caused a minor breakdown), but in the end it felt fulfilling, like the right thing to do. Now your beautiful babies deserve the proper care. It’s time to clean and treat your boots properly. Here’s how.

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Like A Bald Eagle For Your Feet

Breakdown: Red Wing Heritage 875 and 877 Boots

Red Wing’s heritage department has just relaunched the company’s classic 875 and 877 boots with the same Oro Legacy leather as the 1952 originals, bringing character and patina back to the line. Whether you choose the 875 or 877, you’ll get the same Minnesota-made quality that Red Wing has always been known for — and a boot that will last you through countless adventures. We break down the patriotic stompers.

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Mark McNairy Suede Chelsea Boots

Bright colored accents have become a trademark for Mark McNairy, and this time it’s in the form of yellow inserts on a pair of classic navy suede Chelsea boots. Enjoy living the lace-free life in contemporary style with these on your feet, and unless you’ve got Elvis levels of cash, make sure to keep ‘em out of the rain.

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Slope style, sans slope

Ecco Roxton GTX Snowboard Boots

Your back isn’t what it used to be, but simply being old an adult shouldn’t condemn you to losing that “king-of-the-slopes” hipness you once exuded. The snowboard-inspired ECCO Roxton GTX Snowboard boot ($200) helps you look the part (without disclosing how many times you’ve really hit the mountain this winter). Oiled leather and textile uppers…

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Nike Lunar Flyknit Chukka

Nike’s Flyknit technology that shook the sneaker world earlier this year has now migrated onto a chukka. This particular versions boasts an understated knitted black upper, highlighted by neo turquoise flywire and a white Lunarlon sole. Like many great releases from Beaverton, though, this shoe will only only be available in limited quantities at select retail outlets. German shop Inflammable is one online retailer that’s at least posted a product page and a waiting list notifying hungry fans when they’ll go on sale. Start practicing your “bitte schon” now.

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36 gift ideas for the stylish man

12 Guys of Christmas: The Dapper Man

Nothing sets the teeth to rattling like the task of gift buying for a style zealot (except maybe an in-law’s icy glare). Rolled or cuffed? four-in-hand or windsor? Double breasted or single? Brown or black? Personal style is, well, personal; a faux pas can have lasting consequences. That’s why we’re throwing you a life line:…

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Frontier fashion

Allen Edmonds Eagle County Boots

Allen Edmonds makes some of the finest American footwear around, and they’re certainly introducing more stylish designs that depart from purely traditional looks these days. Case in point: Eagle County boots ($350), which look one part classic cap toe and one part modern lace-up boot. They’re outdoorsy without being overly rugged, including Goodyear welted construction,…

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Style Pick: Diemme Roccia Vet Vesuvio Suede boot

Italian shoemaker Diemme has been crafting fine footwear for mountaineering, trekking, military, safety applications and hunting since 1992. But a tradition of practicality doesn’t mean their products aren’t stylish. The Diemme Roccia Vet Vesuvio Suede boot ($400) is evidence to that effect. Originally created as part of their hunting line, the Roccia Vet Vesuvio is…

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These boots were made for walkin'

Danner Tektite Plain Toe Boots

Danner, the famed Portland, Oregon bootmaker, has been manufacturing some of the finest boots made for hunting, hiking, work and law enforcement since 1932, but their new Tektite Plain Toe 3″ Boots ($115+) throw pomp and tradition aside. In the pursuit of melding sneaker fit with work boot toughness, Tektites use both a lighter platform…

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These Wellies run dry

Beretta All-Weather Wellies

As summer fast approaches, your choice of footwear will no doubt migrate toward sockless loafers, canvas sneakers and the ubiquitous flip flop. That’s why now’s the time to plan and think about finally getting yourself a pair of all-weather footwear that you’ll be thankful for once the chill of fall and sloppiness of winter set…

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The boots that started it all

L.L. Bean 100th Anniversary Maine Hunting Shoe

To celebrate the centennial anniversary of their iconic boot line, L.L. Bean recently introduced the Men’s 100th Anniversary Main Hunting Shoe ($140), a special 12-inch edition of the sturdy footwear that first made them famous. Available only in limited quantities, the boot is an almost exact replica of the ones invented and worn by the…

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Red Wing Handsewn Collection

Red Wing is a classic American brand, and we’ve always been fans of their footwear. Today, the company has launched a new collection, hand sewn in Lewiston, Maine. Other fans of the brand are bound to enjoy the video above released to explain the collection, but even if fashion isn’t your thing, it’s still interesting…

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Style Pick: Swims Helmut Lace Up Boots

Just because you prefer not to ruin your best shoes in foul weather, doesn’t mean you have to settle for clunky footwear. Swims Helmut lace up boot combines the looks and comfort of a modern desert boot, with 3M Scotch Guard high density nylon uppers and a hydro guard lining for water protection. Available in…

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Noel Nomad

Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Picks for the Traveler

The person who coined the phrase “getting there is half the fun”, clearly never had to travel by air, train, bus, or car during the holiday season. No amount of planning can ever guarantee a smooth journey, but having the “right tools for the job”, as they say, will go a long way towards making…

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Style Pick: Native Jimmy Boots

Bean Boots will always be a classic, but if you’re itching to let your current pair tap out once in a while, these Jimmy Boots by Native offer similar levels of foul weather protection in a more technical — and colorful form. Features of note include complete water protection, a micro fleece lining, and odor/antimicrobial…

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New school waffle stompers

Keen Pyrenees

When you’re hauling a week’s worth of gear on rough terrain, nothing beats a heavy duty pair of thick leather backpacking boots. But let’s face it, most of the time, it’s a day hike to see some fall colors or a romp in a muddy dog park with man’s best friend. Then you don’t want…

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Style Pick: Danner Boot Laces

Add versatility to your trusted winter footwear by mixing in new laces from Danner. While we’re sure the brand would prefer you to match them with only their 16-18 eyelet boots, our guess is they’ll look perfect on other brand’s wares too. $5 | Danner.com

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Style Pick: Sperry Cloud Logo Shipyard Rigger Boot

Sperry’s Cloud Logo brand puts a trendier spin on American originals. The shipyard rigger boot features genuine handsewn construction, a removable, full length molded footbed, and Sperry’s own Wave Comfort System for added cushioning and air circulation. $140 | Sperry Top-Sider

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Style Pick: Wolverine Mayall Boot

The Wolverine Mayall is a new addition to the famed boot maker’s No. 1883 collection. Featuring a soft full-grain leather upper with a textured, plaid woven print lining, the 8” boot can be folded down for extra versatility, providing two distinctive looks. Thanks to a full-foam foot bed, these boots feature the same comfort and…

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Cool Beans

L.L. Bean Signature Hand Sewn Wedge Sole Boot

When you mention boots in the same sentence as L.L. Bean, inevitably a conversation about the Bean Boot follows. However, the recent release of this Handsewn Wedge Sole Boot ($325) may change all that. Each pair is hand sewn in the land of lobstah, made from premium leather, and features a sturdy Vibram sole. These…

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From Boat Shoes to Boots

Oak Street Bootmakers: Boots Fall/Winter 2010

We shared our initial infatuation with the Chicago-based Oak Street Bootmakers earlier this fall and managed to spend some more hands on time at this year’s Pop Up Flea, put on by Michael Williams and Randy Goldberg. Besides walking out with a pair of our own, we couldn’t help but shed our fair share of…

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Meet The Classic Work Boots Slightly More Stylish Cousin

Stussy x Timberland XXXth Anniversary Desert Boot

Timberland boots are well known by working men and rappers alike largely for the same reasons. Their beefy looks, comfort, and durability are simply hard to match, especially for around $100. Feeding off that heritage, Stussy and Timberland have collaborated to create the Stussy x Timberland XXXth Anniversary Desert Boot ($195) which mix elements of…

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Australian for Boot

Blundstone Original 500 Series Boots

While spending a couple of weeks in Sri Lanka helping clean up after the 2004 tsunami, I met a friendly Australian ex-pat who was a walking cliché of his homeland. He wore a bush hat with one side rakishly buttoned up, a sweat-stained khaki safari shirt and he actually said things like, “crikey” and “mate.”…

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The Classic Desert Boot With An African Twist

Oliberté Adibo-S Black Sheep Desert Boot

Charities, non profits, and governmental aid are some ways countries around the world and their citizens can be helped back on their feet. We don’t want to undermine the noble work and impact of these forces of good, but the reality is nothing really helps a struggling country like developing a strong economy and successful…

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Touching the Void (or at least taking the first step)

Asolo Titan GV Mountaineering Boots

By Guest Writer and outdoor enthusiast Sandy Bandhu In today’s economy, you may be hesitant to jump into new sports or less willing to take that adventure you’ve had in the back of your head and understandably so. That’s why it’s all the more important to find versatile gear that can be used for multitude…

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Like Two Shoes in One, Hand Made in Maine

Quoddy for 3Sixteen Deck Chukka

Combining two classic men’s shoe styles into one beautiful silhouette, these Deck Chukka’s are as stylish as they are well crafted. Created for fashion outfit 3Sixteen by shoe maker Quoddy, each pair is hand sewn in Maine with locked-stitched tips and kickers by one individual craftsman. Material wise, the shoes are made from Chromexcel leather…

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Walk 500 Miles, Then Walk 500 More

Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots

Wolverine’s new 1000 Mile Boot Collection is a sight to behold. Drawing on 125 years of history, the collection features Horween leathers, stacked leather outsoles, Vibram soles, Goodyear welt construction, and Made in the USA goodness. That’s a roster robust enough to turn even the most dedicated Sneaker Head. The cornerstone of Wolverine’s collection is…

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Footwear with Heirloom Potential

Frye Dakota Mid Lace Boot

Known for their durable, classic boots, the Dakota Mid Lace is a classic style anyone should consider owning. Taller than a chukka and secure around the ankle, whether you by them for fashion or day hikes with friends, these boots are built for walking just about anywhere. Great with jeans or chinos, their Americana appeal…

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Life Beyond Galoshes

Tretorn Strala Rain Boots

Not up for trudging those expensive leather shoes or boots you purchased through salt infused slush and rain this winter? There is life beyond galloshes and lucky for you it’s not pricey. Inspired by a Chelsea boot style (this author’s favorite type of boot), the Tretorn Strala boots are perfect for rain or snowwear for…