The Boot Book

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These Fall ’19 boots are lighter, faster, stronger and better than ever.

Whether they are built to climb mountains, work on the job site or perform in grueling conditions, our Fall ’19 boots are formidable footwear — lighter, faster, stronger and better than ever.


Adidas Outdoor Terrex Free Hiker, $200

“This new take on a hiker blends our latest and longstanding advances in footwear designed for the trail.” – Greg Thomsen, Chief Outdoor Officer

What works: This hiking boot with trail runner DNA is designed to handle longer distances and gradual elevation changes. And it’s the brand’s first to marry two of its signature technologies: an adaptive, energy-returning Boost midsole and a flexible Primeknit upper. (It also leverages Adi’s partnership with Continental Rubber for a grippy outsole.)

The sell: The Primeknit stretch upper is water-repellant, breathable, comfortable and snug.


Altra Tushar, $199

“For those who want a traditional hiking boot, but want comfort and flexibility like a running shoe paired with modern foot health features that keep the feet relaxed and in their natural position all day long, the Tushar is the only option on the market.” – Golden Harper, Founder

What works: Named after the rugged mountains in Utah, the serious-mountain-hiker style has a cushioned, zero drop midsole and the brand’s FootShape toebox.

The sell: Aggressive outsole flex grooves and grid-like InnerFlex grooves on the midsole provide maximum flexibility and a soft polyurethane midsole make it a smooth walker.


Baffin Cortina, $229.99

“The Cortina is stylishly warm and waterproof.” – Mark Hubner, VP–Brand and Product

What works: This rugged, fur-lined winter boot steps out in high style with quilted details and a mixed leather-and-fabric upper. And it has a proprietary fixed insulated lining for great fit.

The sell: Baffin’s IceBite outsole grip, which is usually reserved for the brand’s more active boots.

Bearpaw McKinley, $119.99
Baffin Cortina, $229.99
Xtratuf Bristol Bay, $175
Vasque Coldspark UD, $139.99
Muck’s Arctic Après II Lace Mid, $185
Salewa Wildfire Edge Mid GTX, $219.95
ECCO Exostrike, $350
Oboz Women’s Sapphire 8-Inch Insulated B-DRY, $175

Bearpaw McKinley, $119.99

“[The McKinley has] on-trend aesthetics, materials and colors that will perform while looking great.” – Aaron Brown, VP–Product and Sourcing

What works: The 11-inch waterproof boot has a full rubber shell and a quilted nylon upper with a gusseted tongue. Polyurethane leather tabs hold D-ring lace eyelets trimmed with metal studs.

The sell: 200-gram Hibertech insulation, a wool-blend lining and a sheepskin footbed make for cozy wear.


Bogs Freedom Lace-Up, $150

“Bogs is known for waterproof and insulated boots, and the Freedom collection extends our core DNA to the casual leather boot category.” – Megan Vinton, Director of Product

What works: This sleek lace-up is part of a whole family (including Chelsea and ankle styles) all featuring waterproof leather uppers, a rubber rand and a furry lining. These looks will keep toes toasty to minus-22 degrees.

The sell: Bogs’ Rebound cushioning is engineered all-day comfort and energy return — and it doesn’t compact in the cold.

Lowa Tallinn GTX Mid WS, $230

“The feature-laden cold-weather footwear, including the Tallinn, that comes out of our European factories is among the best on the market.” – Peter Sachs, General Manager, USA

What works: A cold-weather casual winter boot on a women’s-specific last, the Tallinn has an inner side zip, a warm and cozy Gore-Tex Partelana lining and a low-weight, high-traction lugged TPU outsole.

The sell: The tech package comes with a healthy dose of fashion — like this embossed split-leather upper and shearling trim.

Garmont Integra Mid WP, $150

“The Integra is a new concept that breaks away from the ubiquitous clunky hikers that populate the market. As soon as you try it on, you will know you are in for a new experience. And at $150, it is also a great value.” – Bill Dodge, CEO North America

What works: This agile, supportive and comfortable waterproof boot is built to enhance the hiking experience.

The sell: Inspired by a version developed for the military, with a focus on fit.

Keen Targhee Lace Boot, $170

“The new Targhee Lace Boot builds on the original, bolstering its award-winning design with winter-proof durability for cold-weather adventure.” – Keith Carrato, Business Director – Hike

What works: A winter version of the brand’s award-winning hiking boot, the Targhee has insulation rated to minus-25 degrees, cold weather traction and a taller profile. It also has a waterproof breathable membrane, speed hooks for easy lace adjustment, an ESS shank for lightweight support and 4-millimeter multidirectional lugs for grip.

The sell: This winterized hiker is made with environmentally preferred premium leather.

The North Face Safien Mid GTX, $150

“EXTS debuts with this boot. It’s a three-part outsole system that marries lug design, lug orientation and superior rubber compounds that are proprietary to The North Face.” – Ethan Fried, Footwear Product Manager

What works: The lightweight hiker gets its legs from the shock-absorbing XtraFoam midsole system.

The sell: TNFs Exploration Trax System (EXTS) grip system launches in this boot — a max comfort hiker.


Irish Setter Ultra-Lightweight VaprTrek Hunting Boot #2837, $159.99

“We’ve transformed our popular VaprTrek lightweight boot and the comfort is engineered to last for all-day hunting or hiking.” – Charley Bryant, Product Merchant

What works: Revamped boot has an upgraded slip-resistant RPM outsole, rubber pods that enhance traction and a polyurethane foam footbed.

The sell: It’s light in weight but heavy on tech. ArmaTec TX coating in the heel and toe adds abrasion resistance.


ECCO Exostrike, $350

“People are moving more and more toward functional products that can also serve in their everyday use. The Exostrike has tons of unique features that make it perform exceptionally well on the trails and in the cold weather but looks equally as great with a pair of jeans at your local coffee shop.” – Thomas Dixon, Sales and Product Manager, Outdoor, USA

What works: The Exostrike urban light hiker has been reworked for Fall ’19 with a PrimaLoft lining, Michelin outsole and Phorene midsole that adds rebound and shock absorption.

The sell: The upper is made with the world’s first Dyneema-bonded leather.

Irish Setter Ultra-Lightweight VaprTrek Hunting Boot
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Free Hiker, $200
Altra Tushar, $199
The North Face Safien Mid GTX, $150
Lowa Tallinn GTX Mid WS, $230
Garmont Integra Mid WP, $150
Bogs Freedom Lace-Up, $150
Keen Targhee Lace Boot, $170

Oboz Women’s Sapphire 8-Inch Insulated B-DRY, $175

The Women’s Sapphire 8-Inch Insulated B-Dry boot bridges the gap between casual and technical winter footwear by providing women with a stylish option that performs in cold and snowy weather.” – Christian Mason, VP–Sales and Marketing

What works: This winter boot walks in style in town or on the trail. A zippered side makes it easy to put on and take off. 200 grams of Thinsulate insulation and a thermal insole keep feet warm.

The sell: The O FIT insole places feet in a neutral position for all-day comfort and support. The thermal version of the style has a wool top sheet and Mylar bottom to help keep feet warm.


Salewa Wildfire Edge Mid GTX, $219.95

“In addition to being a highly technical shoe, the mid design with cuff lets outdoor professionals bring their flair to the boardroom.” – Michael Eisenbrown, Communications Manager

What works: From toe to heel, this boot is a sure-footed winter warrior. It has a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex lining, a debris-deflecting stretch gaiter, and a unique lacing system that lets wearers toggle between climbing and hiking fits.

The sell: The Pomoca Speed MTN sole provides superior grip and friction.


Xtratuf Bristol Bay, $175

“For over 50 years, seasoned commercial fishermen have relied on Xtratuf protection on the water. The new Boatyard Collection, including our Bristol Bay style, focuses on the fisherman’s needs in his off season — from mending nets and winterizing boats to heading into town.” – David Mesicek, Chief Marketing Officer

What works: Lace-up chukka is made of saltwater-resistant full-grain waterproof leather. It has a non-marking, slip-resistant outsole and an insole made with molded pressure-relief channels.

The sell: Comfortable, yet rugged enough to live up to the brand’s Alaskan heritage.


Vasque Coldspark UD, $139.99

“Coldspark is an excellent three-season option for active users in all but the most extreme temperatures.” – Brian Hall, Director of Product Design

What works: This insulated, waterproof hiker has everything needed for cold-weather wear, without the extra weight. The sell: Lightweight warmth with the fit and feel of a boot without insulation.


Muck’s Arctic Après II Lace Mid, $185

“This is a go-to, versatile boot that will never disappoint. Matching stylish design and performance... Our test wearers have told us it will sell through very well.”– David Mesicek, Chief Marketing Officer

What works: This women’s style is designed to keep feet warm, dry and comfortable in cold, wet and snow. It gets traction on wet and dry ice; and its premium neoprene bootie is easy to clean, durable and good looking.

The sell: The Glacier Trek outsole uses vertical glass fibers in pods for traction on ice. (And the pods are a contrasting color to better call out the tech.) 


Fila Hail Storm 3 Mid, $90

“This boot varies from the traditional work boot by offering safety features in a contemporary hiking design with memory-foam comfort. The silhouette is perfect for those who need the toe protection but still want working comfort and fashion.” – Joe Amoruso, Work Category Manager, North America

What works: Fusing function and fashion, the boot’s contemporary design is spot on the job with a sure-grip rubber outsole and a memory-foam insole.

The sell: It looks like a hiker, but the composite toe makes it fully work-ready.

Wolverine Ramparts, $200

“We meticulously manage the creation of the Wolverine Ramparts, bringing in raw materials and inspecting every part of the process. That, plus the engineering, design and technology, make it a premium USA-built work boot.”– Rick Appelsies, VP–Product Management

What works: This traditional full-grain leather work boot in either CarbonMAX composite or soft toe is ASTM and EH rated. It boasts a high-abrasion TPU lug outsole that is three times stronger than others and a removable dual-density PU footbed.

The sell: Made in the USA, it’s jam-packed with technology: the DuraShocks comfort system cushions returns energy; a breathable membrane makes it waterproof, and the direct-attach construction is super durable.

Skechers Work Relaxed Fit: Holdredge-Rebem, $90

“The Holdredge-Rebem offers the latest athletic styling, comfort and value that Skechers is known for. It meets the demands of today’s work customer who wants the comfort and look of his casual shoes on the job.” – Dayne Hess, National Sales Manager, Work

What works: This steel-toe boot combines comfort and safety with a sporty, ankle-height hiker look. The leather and ripstop mesh fabric upper is stylish, and the gel-infused memory foam insole provides comfort,

The sell: Its athletic design is on-trend and the boot’s slip-resistant outsole puts safety first.

Merrell Strongfield Mid WP CT, $170

“We know the work our consumers do daily demands durability they can trust, so we built the Strongfield to give them protection and stability, along with comfort, so they can confidently focus on the work at hand.” – Greg Glover, Product Director for Work

What works: This composite-toe boot is EH and ASTM rated. It has a waterproof coated leather and mesh upper, and a slip-resistant, heat-resistant outsole with Merrell M Select Grip rubber that protects feet up to 500 degrees for brief periods. It also boasts a heel air cushion that absorbs shock and adds stability.

The sell: The brand’s Toughframe midsole technology has medial and lateral stability arms that act as an exoskeleton for durable protection.

Twisted X MXCC003 Men’s Cell Stretch, $134.99

“Twisted X has worked for two years to develop a new patented comfort technology called Cell Stretch. We believe this provides ultimate comfort in our work boots. The midsole in the boot stretches to conform to the contour of the foot and also provides energy rebound with every step.” – Prasad Reddy, President

What works: This composite toe slip-on works like a big, heavy boot but looks and feels like a lightweight sneaker.

The sell: A distressed saddle leather upper ups the style quotient.

Georgia Boot Rumbler, $180

“Georgia Boot consumers wear our work boots after their shift is done. We aim to provide footwear that fits their needs on and off the job.” – Melissa Lewis, Marketing Manager

What works: The hiker-style boot gets down to work with a performance-ready outsole, comfort technologies and a TPU-infused nylon upper that is breathable and abrasion resistant.

The sell: The rubber outsole contains an internal cushioning EVA midsole encapsulated in a TPU heel stabilizer that protects it against chemicals, abrasions and wear and tear.

Rocky XO-Toe, $179.99

“This boot has the best of the best in materials, design and technology.”

– Hannah Sammons, Marketing Manager

What works: Built with 3000-denier military-grade ballistic nylon and featuring an external composite safety toe, this boot is up for the toughest jobs.

The sell: The exterior protective toe gives the performance of a safety toe — with the comfort and roominess of a soft toe.

Timberland Pro Downdraft 6-inch waterproof work boot, $210

“We’re excited to bring our StepVent technology system to market to help consumers who require waterproof work boots stay more comfortable and drier throughout the day.” – Ryan Dulude, Product Research Rngineer

What works: StepVent Technology promotes breathability by forcing air to move through special channels inside the boot that lead air out through the upper, keeping feet drier and more comfortable.

The sell: The boot’s innovative system promotes airflow into and out of the boot, as well as around the foot, to manage moisture, resulting in better comfort on the job.

CAT Footwear Stormers, $105

“Industrial rubber boots are a growing category of importance around the world. Modern workers want tough rubber boots that match their personal style even when they aren’t at work. Available in a variety of heights and modern colors, Stormers will fill a gap in the market as tough but stylish rubber boots that transition from work to life and back again.”– Garrett McGuire, Brand Manager, Work

What works: These rubber boots offer  stabilizing grip, along with comfort and style. They’re available in soft- and steel-toe styles, as oxfords and 11-inch boots.

The sell: Lightweight and constructed to flex with the foot, Stormers feature footbed technology for all-shift comfort.

cH20 by Western Chief 990, $190

“These boots are a hybrid between a hiker and a work boot, and all the features combined with Artic Grip from Vibram make for an amazing, high performing boot.” – Rob Moehring, chairman, Washington Shoe Company

What Works: This winter work boot is stocked with features, including a DryBuilt waterproof lining and a Vibram Arctic Grip outsole — and they’re temperature-rated down to minus-70 degrees.

The Sell: Wide widths are available to fit more customers.


5.11 A.T.A.C. 2.0 8-Inch, $99

“This is the revamp of our best-selling, top-performing professional boot in a duty colorway. We’ve listened to thousands of end users and injected all of their feedback into this new model.”Brendan Rynne, Category Manager Footwear

What works: The next generation of the brand’s A.T.A.C. series for safety officers offers more comfort and durability and a more precise fit. The technology has been upped and the price has dropped $5.

The sell: Ortholite in the internal cuff adds cushioning, and a dual durometer footbed keeps things comfortable.

Bates Maneuver Waterproof Side Zip Boot, $174.95

“Our consumers are seeking comfort features that are similar to their athletic shoe, typically lightweight mesh styles with a lot of foam under the foot. The reality is that type of footwear won’t survive the demands of their job — but this one will. Our boots have everything you need on the outside, plus everything you’d want on the inside.” – Eric Fracassi, Director of Product Development

What works: Made of leather and abrasion-resistant nylon, the Maneuver is a durable high performer.

The sell: This athletic fit boot has a lining that keeps feet five degrees cooler than the surrounding temperature.

Reebok 8-inch Sublite Cushion Tactical, $160

“With the Air Force transitioning to the Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform, we wanted to make sure they had this option. Because it is so lightweight, we had several requests for a safety-toe version with a side zipper.” – John Duvic, VP–Product Development at Warson Brands

What works: The Sublite’s composite safety toe makes it lightweight and its side zipper makes it easier to get on and off. Designed for law enforcement and military professionals, its dual-density midsole provides cushioned comfort and deep grooves in the midsole let the foot move naturally. It also has a MemoryTech Massage Footbed.

The sell: Its coyote brown colorway complements the new Air Force uniform.

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