Boot Book

Boot Book: New Rules

Bearpaw / Corsica / MSRP $54.99.

The outdoor boot has been redefined. No longer dominated by traditional hiking boot silhouettes, performance hiking styles range from mid to low-cut heights, and pack in plenty of athletic tech
and aesthetic. Outdoor lifestyle boots span the same diverse spectrum. When it comes to outdoor boot style, brands are rewriting the rules. And we’re here for it.

Twisted X / MCA0042 Men’s 4” Wedge Sole Boots

Putting a fresh take on an iconic style, these boots are handcrafted in full-grain leather, with double stitched seams and leather reinforcements. Twisted X CellSole comfort technology, integrated into the footbed, provides cushioning and support. Available Fall ’20.

Bearpaw / Corsica

This women’s hiking boot has a suede/nylon upper, waterproof bootie, memory foam footbed and EVA midsole for comfort. Available Now / MSRP $54.99.

“The biggest trend we are seeing right now is a combination of functionality and style. With what is happening right now we are seeing a lot of technical gear and hardgoods selling at amazing rates. For footwear, people are looking to match that technical element but want something you can wear all day. It’s a hybridization of technical features and street appeal. We are designing and creating product from the top of the mountain down. Peak to pint.” — Thomas Dixon National Sales/Product Manager, Outdoor – Ecco USA

Lowa / Valletta

An ideal choice for light hikes, long walks, bike commutes and more, this stylish, lightweight shoe features split leather/fabric, a soft forefoot flex, a grippy outsole and a cushioned, supportive midsole. Available Spring ’21 / MSRP $175.

Oboz / Bozeman

The mid-height women’s Bozeman is designed with a gender specific fit, and utilizes recycled materials. It’s made to tackle all types of terrain from town to trail and everywhere in between. Available Fall ’20 / MSRP $135.

Scarpa / Mojito Bio

At 100-percent biodegradable shoe — 85 percent of this shoe will decompose after 450 days in a landfill — the Mojito Bio is made with a sugarcane-based EVA midsole. The upper is made with Bio Knit Fabric, a breathable material made from bamboo-derived fibers. Available Spring ’21 / MSRP $179.

Oboz / Sypes

The low, leather B-Dry Sypes is a waterproof hiker with athletic style. It features the brand’s new Bend outsole with 5mm lugs and has an Adaptive Cushioning Technology (ACT) Intelligent Polyurethane midsole. Available Spring ’21 / MSRP $145.\

“The current trend of increased consumer attention around health and well-being has translated to a significant uptick in the consumer’s desire for durable outdoor footwear that performs in any conditions.” — Karen McSorley Senior Brand Manager, Kodiak

Rieker / Ronny 34

Ronny rocks a thermal rubber outsole for comfort and long wear, alongside a soft insole and inside zip for easy access. A lambswool lining warms the feet and a Rieker “TEX” water resistant membrane keep them dry. Available Fall ’20 / MSRP $150.

Kodiak / Skogan Hiker

The Skogan Hiker takes on a sustainable tilt with a multi-directional sticky lug outsole made with translucent 85 percent virgin rubber and 15 percent recycled regrind rubber, alongside a 75 percent recycled plastic mesh upper, 100 percent recycled plastic lining and 50 percent recycled plastic lace. Leathers from ISA Tan Tec use a manufacturing process reducing water and energy usage. Available Spring ’21 / MSRP $155.

Forsake / Lucie

Lucie is designed for all-day adventure, whether commuting to work or exploring the earth. A medial side zip-up closure allows for easy in and out, while a lightweight sneaker design provides over the ankle protection. Lucie has a full-grain leather upper and waterproof/breathable membrane. Available Fall ’20 / MSRP $149.95.

“I’ve heard from many retailers that brands are not introducing new product for SS ’21 or maybe 20 to 25 percent new product, [but] Ara is taking a very bullish outlook to SS ’21 and beyond and has already invested in the design, development and tooling in the biggest collection Ara has created in many, many years. We want retailers to know we remain a full-service partner and that we are investing in your future.” — Sam Spears President, Ara Shoes North America

Kamik / Ariel Lo

This transitional boot has a waterproof seam-sealed suede and genuine leather upper and a hiker-inspired lacing system. The outsole has self-cleaning rubber treads with 3mm channels for stability and durability. Its genuine rubber construction offers high abrasion resistance and flexibility. Available Fall ’20 / MSRP $109.99.

Kamik / Rise Lo

Kamik’s Metro Collection is designed for the city kid on the go seeking a stylish, protective boot that’s transitional for different seasons and occasions. The street-inspired Rise Lo is waterproof seam-sealed, with waterproof leather and fixed liners for added warmth. Available Fall ’20 / MSRP $74.99.

On / Cloudridge

Built to be durable, lightweight and comfortable, the Cloudridge hiking boot borrows its upper design from On’s performance racing shoe, the Cloudventure Peak. And the Cloudridge has a CloudTec midsole in Zero-Gravity foam to go along with a Missiongrip outsole. Available Spring ’21.

“The biggest trend I’ve seen is definitely sustainability, making shoes and boots more environmentally conscious and using materials and technologies that are ethically sourced and eco-friendly.” — Andrew Manouk Product Manager, Kamik

Rieker / Peggy 33

This outdoor lifestyle staple for women has a thermal rubber outsole for comfort and long wear, along with heritage hiking look. A fur lining keeps feet warm and toasty. Available Fall ’20 / MSRP $130.

Ara / January

This lace-up bootie boasts an easy side-zip entry, soft, glittery welt, bright red stripe detail and subtle patent piping on the topline of the boot for a girly touch. Ara’s HighSoft technology combines soft upper materials, a highly flexible outsole and a padded insole and hidden foam insert under the ball of the foot. Available Fall ’20 / MSRP $234.95.

“In the boot category right now, we’re seeing a trend towards progressive, athletic-inspired styles that offer both value and practicality. Consumers are more sensitive to price, and — quite rightfully — unwilling to sacrifice comfort or longevity. A successful style must check all the boxes.” — Jake Anderson CEO, Forsake

Ecco / Exohike

This season, Exohike adds Ecco Hydromax, a technology with water-repellent properties, to keep feet dry. The boot is crafted with leathers made using Ecco DriTan technology, which reduces the amount of water and chemicals used in the tanning process. A Michelin rubber outsole with a unique tread pattern ensures excellent traction and stability, enhanced with a rubber grip grid in the midfoot. Available Spring ’21 / MSRP $190.

Astral / Pisgah

The design of this casual performance boot is inspired by mid-20th century jungle boots worn by the French and Vietnamese military. It is waterproof, breathable, quick-drying and made from recycled polyester canvas. Available Spring ’21 / MSRP $150.

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