I always want to put forth my best self, be it mentally, physically, or sartorially. No matter the activity or challenge, I want to be well-prepared and dressed for the occasion, which may involve a shoe switch or two. Pictured above is how I dressed for my trip to the Adirondacks; I was decked out in Columbia gear that was prepared to repel any kind of wetness the weather threw at me, but depending on where we were, in a town or hiking trails, all I had to do was swap out my shoes in order to blend in. It was such an easy switch to make, and although I saw many-a-folk hiking in inappropriate footwear, like flip flips, before, the last thing I knew I wanted to worry about or be distracted by on this trip was my feet.
Now, back to the city: casual but still pulled together, a bit of a chunky heel, with a hiking-style boot resting on top is what I will wear the most, since this is my usual “natural habitat.” What I love about these shoes is that they have that hiking boot vibe, with my city-centric needs met via a stable, sturdy heel being, not too high or spindly, and great with boyfriend jeans or skinny pants. I’m working on merging my country and city style sensibilities, but for now, we will have to keep plenty of great footwear options within reach.