When tackling tricky terrains, it’s not all about the robustness and durability of your footwear. While, sure, that’ll help you survive slips and scrapes, comfort is an essential factor, too. Take a pair of classic hiking boots, for instance, and you’ll see plenty of features you’ll be familiar with in both your trusty Timbs and even Air Max 95s. Whether its chunkier soles for added traction, hard-wearing leather outer layers or vibrant dapple lacing – held together with solid D-ring eyelets – the hiking influence is clear to see.
And it’s not only our day-to-day footwear, but catwalk kicks, too. Sneaker designer Ronnie Fieg has been using the lacing in his designs for years, but epitomised the mountaineering influence perfectly in the debut KITH NYC showcase. Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, Christopher Shannon has also given a nod to the hiking style on several occasions, sending his models down the catwalk at London Fashion Week in all-terrain hiking boots with fluorescent accents.