In these fraught times, it’s tempting to daydream of the ’80s. And while it’s easy to view them a little too favorably through nostalgia’s skewed lens, some things really were spectacular back then. Like hiking boots. Specifically, the Vasque Clarions that dropped in 1988 — and that the brand has gloriously revived in the original colorways. That’s right, the Clarion ’88 GTX shoes (in two styles for men and two for women) are available exclusively at Vasque’s website today.
We got a sneak peek at these limited-edition, suede-festooned beauties during the most recent Outdoor Retailer trade show a couple months ago — and I’ve been pretty much obsessed with them ever since. The truth is that while they may have the look of a lifestyle shoe, they were the height of hiking performance lo those many years ago. And thanks to waterproof Gore-Tex and a grippy Vibram outsole, they still have a lot to offer on that front. I’ve been hiking, biking, motorcycling and running around the city in them for the past several weeks and have nary a complaint.
Of course, the fact that their appearance is totally radical sure doesn’t hurt. Fashion is cyclical, and as far as I’m concerned, so 1988 is so hot right now.