One boot that has been steadily gaining momentum over the last few years as a major trend is…the hiking boot. At first it was just a faux hiking boot. A hiking-inspired boot, rather, often with a wedge heel – something a fashion-girl would wear to be more #authentic (haha), not something constructed for actual hiking. But then…a funny thing happened – some of the really high end brands (think Prada, Dsquared2) started churning out boots that looked an awful lot like this one: an old school leather hiking boot with contrast laces.
Um. Heck YES.
So, when Shoes.com asked me to style up something from their (insanely large) inventory…I knew exactly what to do. It’s, like, the universe, you guys, wanted me to style up hiking boots. #liveauthentic #exploremore #adventure
Sidenote: Did you hear that Socality Barbie shut down her Instagram account? Such a bummer – talk about helping to keep things REAL.
All joking aside, hiking boots on the daily ROCK. Especially in the winter. They’re warm, waterproof, comfy….and frankly, with the modern tweaks to the styling that many companies are making….they’re surprisingly chic.
Here are a few ways I’m wearing hiking boots right now:
Story of my life lately: Pax and I walking confidently in opposite directions.
Pax, my littlest, LOVES to hike. Which is weird, since I can’t get him to walk more than a block in the city. But out in The Wild? He’s EVERYWHERE.
Our spot of wilderness was actually Blue Mountain Ski Resort. As you can guess from the pics, the season hasn’t yet started. But it was fun to follow Pax around as he, uh, “navigated”.
With Straight Leg Jeans, Cuffed
This is easily my favorite way to wear hiking boots: Straight leg jeans, cuffed wide. Add a cozy sweater and call it a day.
This is a no-brainer, but I wanted to show that hiking boots can work with skinnies – the boots fit right over top. Add a pair of coated denim, and you have a pretty spot-on uniform for rainy days.
With Tall Socks (SlopeSide Style)
I had high hopes that we’d be skiing by now….but, uh, San Frandelphia is NOT cooperating. As I type this – ON DECEMBER 14 – it’s almost 70(!!) degrees. We did head up to Blue Mountain for the opener of Raines’ ski team practice….but it was all equipment checks and hiking. Still. Someone is very excited.
And I’m loving these boots with comfy leggings and cozy, over-the-knee socks.
We hit up our fav, Blue Mountain’s Slopeside Pub & Grill. Roaring fireplaces, gorgeous views, great beer and seriously good food.
I was hoping for some idyllic shots of my boys and I, sitting happily around the fire, sipping drinks. A holiday tableau, if you will. Instead, Pax turned into a wild animal and attacked his brother. And since rolling around fighting is NOT what we call “restaurant behavior,” the only shot we got was this one:
#liveauthentic #adventure #GetTheEFFoffYourBROTHER
Yeah. I swear it was easier when they were babies.
Shop Chic (Yet Practical) Hiking Boots
Here are a few of my favorite hiking (or hiking inspired) boots. All are chic, yet wildly practical.
A huge thank-you to Shoes.com for sponsoring this post! I love the sporty-yet-chic inventory, and I’m always thrilled by the opportunity to test out new (and practical) trends. As always, all thoughts, opinions, product choices, and snickering at Socality Barbie is my own. And readers, thank you for your support. It doesn’t go un-noticed, and is so very appreciated.