Some of the most coveted footwear in menswear these days could easily be mistaken for the kind of kicks you’d only ever see in the great outdoors. Salomon and Vibram, two relatively obscure mountain-footwear-centric brands, have become household names in fashion.
And now Gucci has officially arrived at the hiking-shoe party – and true to designer Alessandro Michele’s maximalist form, the brand’s take puts everyone else’s to shame.
With the Flashtrek boot, Gucci has given a pair of hiking shoes exactly the type of lavish makeover that we’ve come to expect from the storied Italian label. To start, the shoe features a mix of upscale leather, suede, and canvas panels in various shades of dusty gray and murky green. There’s also an ultra-rugged rubber sole – and perhaps the most eye-catching feature: that bright red rubber Gucci logo on the tongue. The shoe hasn’t yet become a regular on the Instagram street-style rotation just yet, but as summer turns to fall, you can expect to see more trail-ready boots in the mix. Plus, Offset of Migos—one of the true kings of loud-as-hell footwear—has been spotted wearing the boot, which means the new style is about to get a lot more eyes on it.
As with most things Gucci, these don’t come cheap; it’ll cost you what you’d pay for 10 pairs of hiking boots from your local outdoor-goods store. But an Alessandro Michele–designed shoe isn’t made to be the most affordable option, and if you’re willing to splurge, the Gucci Flashtrek boot provides a whole new level of rugged luxury when it comes to a trek shoe.
This thing looks so damn good that you’ll want to wear it whether you’re walking on a slick city street or a muddy hiking trail—though, now that we think of it, you might want to steer clear of mud.
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