Planning on spending part of this summer off the beaten path? Protect your feet and ankles with the New Balance 710 Heritage Trail Shoe ($90). Sporting a retro look that makes them equally well suited to more urban pursuits, the 710 also features a rugged outsole for maximum traction, a d-ring lacing system, a nearly indestructible nubuck/mesh upper, and a striped sock-friendly mid-cut build. For added credibility, pair with well-worn cargo shorts and a plaid shirt (rolled up sleeves optional).
Based on the simple sporting footwear worn by soldiers in the early 1960s, these Seavees Army Issue Sneakers ($90) are an intriguingly simple option for casual wear. Features include a nylon twill upper, woven nylon laces, bamboo canvas lining to keep the stink to a minimum, a sueded leather heel for a secure fit, a leather-lined footbed, antique nickel eyelets, and a grippy, natural rubber outsole. Available in grey heather, peacock navy, or our personal favorite, black.
Runners looking for a pair of natural-style shoes certainly have a lot of options, and these Saucony Hattori Minimal Running Shoes ($80) are certainly a fine choice. Thanks to a "mitten-like" toe box, flex groove directly behind the toes, and a sculpted foam sole, they give you as much freedom to flex, grip, and push off as you'd have with no shoes at all, and also feature strategically placed impact cushioning for comfort, and a lace-free Velcro-based design that weighs just 4.4 oz.
Think Vans were only suitable for skaters and casual, summertime hangouts? Think again. These Vans Vault LX Sneakers ($85-$90) represent the high-end of Vans' offerings, featuring understated, tri-tone designs, premium leather uppers, white ostrich skin details, antique white panels, off white vulcanized soles, and with low cut (46) or mid-cut ('77) builds.
Most of the time when choosing a boot, you have to decide between work-ready ruggedness or five o'clock-friendly style. The Wolverine Mayall Boot ($225) offers the best of both worlds, with a work boot foundation incorporating a full-foam footbed and rubber outsole, and a soft full-grain leather upper with a plaid woven print lining that can be exposed by folding the eight-inch boot's top down a few notches. Available in black or tan.