- The Plus Awards
Retro Silhouettes. Breakthrough constructions. Tried-and-true earth tones. Pops of ’90s-era neon. The outdoor category is a potpourri of styles for great adventures big and small.
Photography by Trevett McCandliss. Styling by Nancy Campbell.
Fashion editor: Ann Loynd Burton; Models: Chris Flora and Kristina Elise/Fenton Model Mgmt.; Photo Assistant: Tara Campbell. Socks from Loops & Wales.
Merrell x Unlikely Hikers Zion waterproof boots feature bellows tongue to keep out debris, protective toe caps, Kinetic Fit Base contoured insoles, lightweight FlexPlate for tortional rigidity and Vibram MegaGrip outsoles.
Hoka One One TenNine GTX hikers feature Hubble heel design for efficient heel-to-toe traction, Vibram Litebase outsoles combined with MegaGrip traction, EVA midsoles, ripstop uppers made of recycled polyester and Gore-Tex Leaf linings to seal out moisture while releasing heat.
Garmont Integra High WP Thermal women’s hikers feature Anatomically Directed Design construction, allowing feet to naturally stabilize, absorb shock and propel forward; asymmetrical cuffs for better edging and stability; and Vibram Ice Trek outsoles.
Jaida nylon/suede plush boots by Lamo feature premium faux-fur linings and collars and Lamo-Lite EVA outsoles.
Xplor hybrid hikers by Florsheim feature water-resistant leather uppers, breathable mesh collars and linings, removable Comfortech footbeds and all-terrain rubber outsoles.
Timberland Solar Ridge Mid boot with TimberDry waterproof membrane made of 50 percent recycled plastic, GreenStride comfort sole made of 75 percent sugar cane and 50 percent recycled plastic ReBOTL fabric lining.
Oboz Sphinx women’s mid-height hiker features 200 grams of PrimaLoft Bio insulation, waterproof nubuck leather, Oboz B-Dry waterproof membrane and Vibram ArcticGrip A.T. outsole.
Wilderness boot by Wolverine features waterproof and breathable suede/mesh upper with TPU reinforcement molding, moisture-managing mesh lining, removable cushioned footbed, EVA midsole and rubber lug outsole;.
Western Chief Burnett Realtree boot with waterproof neoprene lining, memory foam insole and lightweight EVA outsole;
Wool-lined hiker by Gabor features latex insole and Rolling Soft construction for optimum cushioning, stability and forward motion.
Twisted X x Mossy Oak chukkas feature molded rubber outsoles, compression-molded midsoles made of sugar cane molasses and ecoTWX fabric uppers made from recycled water bottles.
Lowa Innox Pro GTX Mid hikers feature lightweight DynaPU midsoles for rebound, durability and cushioning; Gore-Tex waterproof linings; Monowrap frame for added stability; and 100 percent vegan construction.
Skechers GOrun Trail Altitude features responsive Ultra Light midsole, breathable Air-Cooled Goga mat insole, water-repellent leather/mesh upper and multi-directional traction lug outsole; Ecco MX women’s trail runner features sock-like construction for a snug fit, anatomical FluidForm last for stability, water saving DriTan leather and mesh fabric uppers, reflective collar ribbon and pull tab and motocross-inspired PU outsole with TPU insert for added stability;
Tega bootie by Minnetonka features weather- resistant nylon uppers, pile lining for warmth, cushioned insole and Heavily Treaded outsole;
Sunsetter NTX hiker by Vasque features one-piece suede upper, molded mesh collar, Nature-Tex 50 percent recycled waterproof membrane, 100 percent recycled mesh liner, EVA midsole and Micro Plus outsole; Topo women’s mid-height hiker features Vibram XS Trek EVO outsole for traction on varied terrain, protective rear foot rock place and rubber toe cap, molded ankle collar, lightweight ripstop mesh upper with drainage ports, and a lace lock system offering two tensions for a customized and secure fit.
Tecnica Magma Mid GTX suede hiker features Gore-Tex waterproof lining, Vibram Lightbase and MegaGrip outsole that wraps at key abrasion zones and oversized heel design for stability when hiking downhill or on uneven terrain;
Mono Footwear Hiking Core Cap boot features a leather rand for extra support in all conditions, shearling lining, EVA midsole and durable rubber outsole;
Valais suede/nubuck boot features a zipper closure plus a hook-and-loop top strap, removable OrthoLite X40 insole, waterproof lining, Vibram ArcticGrip AT-All Terrain outsole and available in medium, XW and XXW.
Bearpaw Brock suede/mesh hikers feature NeverWet coating to repel stains, waterproof linings, removable mesh footbeds with memory foam linings, EVA midsole and durable rubber outsole.