The trend for hiking boots has been as enduring and hard-wearing as the shoe itself and it doesn't seem to be going out of fashion. Dominating the AW15 catwalks of Louis Vuitton and Moschino the formerly perfunctory outdoor staple has been transformed into a daily essential.
Those looking for a functional outdoor boot can go shopping in the same places as those wanting to simply add a more adventurous element to their usual city look or if you are investing in a good pair of boots they will last you through years of town and country pursuits without having to do anything but wash the mud off them occasionally.
Berghaus have been a walker's favourite for years whilst Balenciaga, Bally and Grenson have adopted the design features of the classic walking boot and crafted beautiful luxury alternatives that remain as reliable in the great outdoors. Red Wing have long been the choice of workers and have now become a stalwart for fans of American industrial style.
Obviously, if you have no intention of wearing boots anywhere that doesn't have public transport or Uber there are lower-priced options that have all the rugged look without having to pay for technical fabrics, fastenings and bonded soles that you might not make the most of. With winter creeping in and the threat of snow always about you can easily tread through any terrain with a hiking boot that has a well-crafted sole. Kurt Geiger and Clarks have equally impressive designs that still include features such as Gore-tex and lug soles for grip and durability.