In both a literal and metaphorical sense, 2020 has been a year of very long walks. The literal element is easy to grasp – there’s been little else to do with friends that didn’t involve cursed pieces of technology like Houseparty and Zoom. Metaphorically, it’s been like being invited on an apparently innocuous walk in which you get very lost and cry a bit in frustration. Eventually, you summon the strength to take some pictures of sights that seem uniquely remarkable until you realise – via Instagram – that everyone else went to exactly the same place and thought exactly the same thing – but that’s just life in general.
Anyway, all this walking calls for appropriate footwear, like hiking boots (or wellies at a push). Don’t laugh! A decent hiking boot will ensure you don’t slip over on a pile of wet leaves, which can be a liability even in what you assumed were trusty trainers. Don’t get us started on the dangers of your typical boot either – the colder months make slippery bastards of them all.
Hiking boots are probably the most practical shoe there is. In turn, they make you seem like the most practical person there is. This is particularly useful if you have someone you’d like to impress – a love interest perhaps. Frivolous? Emotionally unstable? Irrational? Needy? Moi? Not in these hiking boots, babe! I can even change a lightbulb!
So, what kind of hiking boots should you purchase? A truly practical person wouldn’t give a shit what they looked like, but we know you’re probably not one of those. For true glamour, we recommend ones by 1017 ALYX 9SM – if Matthew M. Williams is good enough for Givenchy, he’s good enough for a long walk.