It must be getting colder everywhere with the Saturday’s edition of Wall Street Journal (WSJ) featuring,”A Guide to Style-Conscious Hiking Boots“, and emails from Zappos listing the Top 5 Fall Boots – expensive boots that you might never want to wear on your hike. Worst yet, they are really bulky and stiff, great protection, but bad for your feet.

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Even the WSJ reviewer has these choice words for two of the boots with regard to this question: Can I hike in them?

Diemme, Roccia Vet Boots ($370)

Not quite, said creative and marketing director Karolina Hellström. “The upper is suited for hiking,” she said, but the sole, designed for city use, is too light for the trail.

And the Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh Hiking Boots ($798):

If you’re the kind of person who thinks nothing of hiking in $800 boots, go right ahead.

The Zappos Top 5 Fall Boots are better but they are not minimalist either…

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Here’s our recommendation of minimalist boots from LEMs Shoes and VIVOBAREFOOT.

VIVOBAREFOOT Scott

Made from premium leather and waxed canvas, the VIVOBAREFOOT Scott has everything you need to keep your feet warm and healthy in the winter months. Thinsulate lined and water resistant, stylish and durable – the Scott is the perfect companion to tackle adverse conditions.

VIVOBAREFOOT Tracker

Made from beautiful, rich leather with metal eyelets, the VIVOBAREFOOT Tracker is a hiking boot that looks as good as it feels. Full waterproof Hydroguard lining allows you to get to grips with nature and thrive in the toughest terrain. 4.5mm lugs provide immense grip over the toughest, muddiest terrains.

lems-boulder-boot-navy-stoutLEMs Shoes Boulder Boot Navy Stout

Weighing a mere 9.9oz (Mens size 43), the Boulder Boot is arguably the lightest boot in the world. The upper is made of 1200-denier nylon and a durable leather. The whole boot is completely collapsible, great for stuffing into a pack during a hike and wearing around the campfire afterwards. There’s absolutely nothing to this boot, no heel counter, no shank, and nothing stiff that would irritate the foot. If a barely-there boot is what you’re in need of, look no further.

Boulder Boot Amber Blue

You may be asking, “What’s different with the new Boulder Boots?”.  Well, with all things considered the Buckeye, Navy Stout, and Amber Blue are the same as their predecessors, except that the featured leather has been enhanced.  This new leather material has the ability to resist stains and moisture much better, while maintaining a rich and clean look.  This updated Boulder Boot may very well become our new signature shoe, so get yours now!

A teaser from the Primal Professional

Coming next year, the Primal Professional will likely launch a high-quality minimalist boot. One of many prototypes. Stay tuned!

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