Visvim has brought back one of it’s best footwear models – the 7-Hole ’73-Folk. The boot references the US Military Vietnam jungle boot and is one of my personal favorites. The latest iteration of the sneaker comes in vegetable tanned leather and canvas on a Vibram sole. It’s especially nice to see the return of the murdered out version of these with a black sole. Three color ways of the boot are now available at IDOL Brooklyn.
The Hiking boot is a versatile style that matches well with denim, cargo pants or other military/outdoor styled pants. Ideally these boots offer durability, comfort and are good style switch-up when it comes to navigating both cities and rural areas in cold weather conditions. One of the better iterations on the style are these WTAPS Jammer Boots. Tough cow leather upper and a vibram rubber sole ensure that these will last many seasons to come. Padded tongues and collar and contrast hiking laces add a little individuality to an otherwise pretty classic design.
Available for $795 at END Clothing.
Nike has continued to experiment with their iconic sneaker models. Last year Nike brought out many variations of the Air Max 95 , transitioning it from a runner into a mid-cut sneakerboot. This year the Air Max 95 gets modified with the addition of a front-facing zipper and sock liner. The sneaker also benefits from a modified more rugged outsole and comes in either a murdered out triple black colorway or a tonal army olive. You can scoop these online from Foot Patrol or direct from the Nike Store.
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With Fall comes the need for a pair (or two) of dependable boots. The Roccia Vet hiking boot by Diemme has been one of the Italian label’s most popular models. This season it’s available in a very clean cream nubuck colorway. While these may not be for the reckless among us, they pair well with the season’s trend of tonal fall colors like tan and grey. Scoop these over at END for $455 USD.
Rick Owens has his own special way of taking ubiquitous men’s staples and perverting them into something slightly grotesque but undeniably captivating. As he’s done with the Rick dunk (as it’s popularly referred to) , Rick has taken on the Timberland boot this season in the form of these Plinth Hiker Boots. Taking the basic silhouette of a Timb and making it extreme, he’s used thick suede leather and slapped it onto chunky exaggerated sole. The trademark Rick side-zip returns this time accompanied by a myriad of lace eyelets. These are boots that take some getting used to but as they were seen prominently at his FW13 runway show, they are only wearable to guys who have both the requisite funds and confidence level. You may hate these now, but I see these becoming a staple model for Rick moving forward. Get these at Oki-Ni.
More photos and a shot of how they look on the runway after the jump
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Timbs in summer has always been a strong look. All-white Timberland boots can often look oh so slightly off. Art Shudy comes to your rescue with their own timb-inspired boot for men contstructed from 100% rubber. White on a light tonal lug sole and with black/white laces. At $150, these are worth picking up from the VFILES shop. Just don’t wear them with DADA.
The homie Harry submitted these Raf Simons boots from Autumn/Winter 2006 for a coveted feature. He’s owned them so long and beat them up quite well and he didn’t have alot to say about them. He summarized his feelings on these in the following passage.
6 Canadian winters. 4 soles sewn on. 2 heels replaced. 1 major re-attachment surgery. Countless polishes and salt treatments. Still alive and kicking.
I’ve regretted selling some of my early Raf pieces in the past so it always makes me so happy to see my friends who kept their Raf stuff and worn it to hell. What I love about these boots are the buckle detailing at the ankle. Buckle straps are usually hit or miss on men’s boots but this is a really great iteration of that concept. The sleek shape , beautiful leather make these absolutely worth hunting down. I suppose I’ll leave it at this, if you’re looking for a perfect black boot, don’t compromise and rush getting something that you don’t love. It’s better to wait for the pair that feels exactly right.
Photos by Harry Zhou