The Sneaker Boot Is the Beautiful Monster You Need This Winter

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Having been locked up for the best part of the past year, we’ve definitely learned how much we value being outside. With time outdoors still at a premium, it becomes a case of making your minutes count, and one quick-fire way to ensure carefree wanders is by investing in the right pair of kicks. Trail sneakers have taken up residence at the forefront of fashion’s psyche in recent seasons, and we think that the natural next step is the sneaker boot hybrid.

Half casual option and half rugged hiking shoe, sneaker boot hybrids are the Frankenstein of footwear — in a good way. You won’t be hard pushed to find a pair that appeals, either, seeing as labels across the board have tried their hand at the burgeoning style. From trustworthy Nike iterations through to luxury newcomers from Burberry, the sneaker boot is here to stay.

Dating back to 1989, Nike ACG’s Lahar Low is exactly what we want from a sneaker boot hybrid. A chunky, rugged sole unit leads up to the sneaker-shaped, durable suede upper in classic hiking tan complete with hiking boot laces.

It says it in the name: this pair is chuncky. Black suede uppers sit atop an unmissably jagged sole unit and feature paint splatters for a worn-in finish. Purple eyelets contrast with green laces for a subtle hit of color to round out the style.

Taka Hayashi’s ongoing work with Vans continues to provide amazing results. Taking the Vans Sk8-Boot as the canvas, Hayashi reworks the silhouette with high-quality black leather and a hard-wearing sole for a hard new look for the classic.

Burberry’s new-season offering is arguably captained by the new Arthur sneaker. This luxury take on the trail sneaker boasts a technical aesthetic led by a high-rising sole unit and mudguard.

King of the hiking sneaker trend, and therefore heir to the sneaker boot throne, too, Salomon’s outdoor expertise makes it a go-to when it comes to sneakers made for a beating.

Sweden knows a thing or two about hiking, and Acne Studios knows a thing or two about reworking classics with a signature contemporary edge. The Flatform Leather Hiking Boot proves both of those things.

A Chelsea boot like you’ve never seen before. Suicoke combines disparate elements to make the Suede RAC Chelsea Boots a pair you just can’t take your eyes off. Soft suede meets a sandal-inspired heel strap and even an inner sock for good measure.

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