It should have been made clear when cowboy boots took over street style all summer long, and at just about every fashion week stop earlier this fall, that no footwear trend would be off limits for the foreseeable future. Case in point? The recent rise of the straight-off-the-mountain hiking boot, made fashion.
The clunky utilitarian style that you're probably now envisioning on display at your local R.E.I store has been reimagined over the last few months, thanks in part to designers like Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler, continuing all the way down to more obvious retailers like Cole Haan and Camper, updating the boot with flashy laces, cozy touches of shearling, and contrast-stitch finishes. They're the best of both worlds when it comes to practicality and actually looking cute, meaning you won't have to settle on another cold season pretending like your feet aren't freezing in a pair of mules or loafers for the sake of the look.
Whether you're actually going hiking or just climbing up an unreasonably challenging set of subway stairs, there's no doubt that hiking boots are the move this season. For some of our favorite options of the moment, click through the gallery below, from Urban Outfitters to Ganni.
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