Men will be speeding along city streets and country roads this fall in boots that take inspiration from classic Alpine looks, defined by their signature vintage speed lacing. For fall, the device has been borrowed from the outdoor performance market, which has used the metal lacing system for decades.
These sophisticated urban hikers fit right into today’s retro movement in fashion, with simple, classic styles garnering attention from millennial who prefer authentic looks and brands.
Although the threat of global warming looms over us, cold weather boots are still a must-have. These rugged Alpine silhouettes easily replace a pair of sneakers in the winter as a footnote to a pair of jeans.
The look is within just about everyone’s reach with more moderately priced styles from Sperry, Native and Palladium to designer interpretations from Sergio Rossi and Michael Kors. For those looking for something in between, Danner and Trask do their own takes on the look, while Japanese brand Makoto Taguch puts a fresh spin on the silhouette.
While speed lacing may seem like a throwback detail, athletic brands such as Nike are using high-tech devices to lace up a shoe. Just last week, the athletic powerhouse unveiled its HyperAdapt 1.0 system powered by an underfoot-lacing mechanism that allows individuals to achieve a customized fit with a personalized lockdown that can be adjusted on the go.