Looking for bright spots in footwear sales right now?
Boots may be a good bet. According to retail tracking research from NPD Group, August saw nearly 25 percent sales growth for cold/all weather boots and mid-teens increase for hiking shoes — data that bodes well for the winter season. Here, we showcase a wide variety of boots, from trail to apres to women’s-specific work to rain/mud boots — all packed with performance innovation and style to spare.
Ariat has launched a new women’s work line, including industrial work boots built specifically for women. The Casey 6” MetGuard Composite Toe Work Boot is a Fall 20 women’s style featuring a full-grain leather upper and an outsole traction system.
Telic is bringing back its Apres-Ski boot for holiday with new colors. Now in Black and Snowdrift, the lightly insulated and water resistant $69 boot is ready for everything après, with traction for jaunts outside and a lightweight, ultra comfortable fit.
The Original Muck Boot Company’s new Outscape collection for Spring 2021 features styles in two different heights. The Outscape mid, $120, is an easy on/off boot featuring a Dual Density footbed for all-day comfort with antimicrobial protection. The upper is flexible, durable and waterproof, made with a lightweight, waterproof Muckskin material that is a vacuum-formed, highly abrasion resistant rubber neoprene.
Inov-8’s new Rocklite Pro G 400 Gore-Tex is the beefed-up adventure shoe the toughest trails require. Launching in September, the $235 boot weighs in at only 400g, but packs powerful tech into a cushioned construction, with a Schoeller ceramic-coated upper for abrasion resistance and flexible, and a graphene-infused rubber outsole gives outstanding grip.