The Boot Finds its Sneaker Spot
The performance boot, whether it’s walking a factory floor, climbing a mountain while fighting a fire, keeping order on city sidewalks or sprinting through the rain, is a master of change. Through the last several years, it has quietly been upping its game to turn itself into a major player in the athleisure game. The sneakerization of the work boot has generated styles that, well, look very much like sneakers. But a closer look reveals that these are sneakers on steroids, jam packed with enough technology and comfort features to keep workers on their feet (and their toes). Sleek and stylish, they stand ready to get the job done. And when their work is finished, they walk confidently toward the weekend. As the latest styles show, boots are now doing their job with an entirely different attitude. In all categories, work footwear’s got game this season.
High-tech and cool from their heels to their toes
Oboz’ Bridger Vent Mid, $150
High Performers On and Off the Job
Hi-Tec’s XT Forge Elite Mid WP360, $130