As fall turns to winter and outdoor festivals start to get a little chilly, muddy and well, sloshy, it's essential to have a great pair of boots in your arsenal. We got the opportunity to road test two brands that have been in the game for quite some time, Danner (1931) and Lacrosse (1897), both of which delivered big on style, comfort, durability and weather proofing.
We've tried a lot of hiking boots since we first started covering camping gear for Project Basscamp (our new gear section for festival campers and adventure travelers) and Danner has been on the list for a while. Known for their classic hiking boots amongst hipster hiking types, this cult brand is a staple amongst the urban lumber jack types and those who fancy a touch of alpine style, and yes they are built for function over style.
Sliding on the Danner Mountain 600 was like sliding on a pair of running shoes that already have some miles on them. The 600s are so comfortable that they have become a regular rotation in our winter footwear.
The boots themselves feature classic styling with a modern twist that makes them perfect for everyday wear. These boots look good anywhere, from the trail to the office (creative types, not bankers), to the pub - you will get compliments.
The boots are waterproof, so they can handle mud, puddles, snow and some light submersion if you stumble into a creek. Rock them with a nice pair of warm WigWam wool socks and you are good for the colder temps.
The Vibram Fuga outsole keeps your feet glued to just about any surface, and is more flexible the other boots we've tried - making them more comfortable all around. We could keep gushing about these boots, but we think you get the point.
Lacrosse boots are burly, made for working in the toughest conditions and possess a long heritage in the outdoors. The women's Alpha Range brings all of that DNA into a comfortable pair of work boots that are great for wet and muddy conditions at festivals, or on the streets of New York after a snowstorm.
Where the boots are genius is in their combination of comfortable neoprene and tough as nails ZXT rubber. Neoprene is the stuff that wetsuits are made out of, so this material provides a nice comfortable flex, allows easy on/off, and features a gusset in the back to adjust to different calf sizes.
The Alpha Range gives you that urban farm girl style that works with a pair of jeans, some cool flannels (Check out Topo Designs options) and in a variety of weather from freezing to mild temps.
If you are looking for stylish boot that not only looks good but can perform in tough conditions and keep your toesies warm and dry - you just found it.