In 1964, the K-6 Hiking Boot appeared in Eddie Bauer’s catalog. It was a stylish hiking boot with all the frills one came to expect from the storied outdoors brand. Though the boot was retired for years, Eddie Bauer reintroduced the shoe a few years back and it remains a solid choice for classic style and quality details.
The vintage-inspired boots are made using top-quality full-grain leather. Unlike top-grain leathers which are made by sanding the outermost grain to remove imperfections, full-grain leather, as the name implies, uses the the full grain of the hide. Not only does this require the tannery to find hides without imperfections, it results in a thicker and longer-lasting leather.
The boots also feature Goodyear-welted construction. It’s the hallmark of any quality boot and means it can be resoled and recrafted easily. But with the thick Vibram sole the K-6’s are sporting, you shouldn’t have to visit the cobbler any time soon.
The uppers are made with classic a lace-to-toe lacing system for fine-tuning your fit while the gusseted tongue prevents water and debris from entering the shoe. Under the hood you’ll find a waterproof and breathable membrane, a comfortable EVA midsole and an ergonomically-designed footbed with stabilizing heel cup. So, yeah, you can take these boots hiking.
Normally, you’d never find a boot with both full-grain and Goodyear-welted details for under $250. But these boots retail at $200. What’s even better is that they’re on sale for just $140.
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