Hi-Tec reveals new eco- friendly Retro Enviro boot

Hi-Tec Retro Enviro Mid WP Black GraphiteEveryone loves the comfort and functionality of a great hiking boot, but they unfortunately fail to make the transition to use around town.

…at least as far as style is concerned.

Hi-Tec is fixing to change that. Later this summer Hi-Tec will begin selling their new Retro Enviro Mid WP men’s boot.

(And by the way, you’re hearing that news here for the very first time…go ahead, Google it.)

What makes the Retro Enviro so eco-friendly? Hi-Tec says,

  • A waterproof upper is constructed from Eco Sustain low chrome leather while the durable carbon rubber outsole is made from 13% recycled content.
  • The lasting board is recycled and applied with a water-based cement.
  • The upper is lined with Cosmo Nature Tex, an eco-friendly lining made from 50% post consumer waste.
  • The 20% recycled and removable CMEVA footbed supplies additional cushion while the 30% recycled laces ensure a secure fit.

I’ve worked with Hi-Tec in the past at The Fun Times Guide to Living Green by reviewing and giving away a pair of the company’s first eco-friendly hiking boot, the Hi-Tec Altitude Enviro WP.

But the Retro Enviro really isn’t a hiking boot. Oh don’t get me wrong, it will hold up just fine to some light to moderate trekking, but it’s really designed to be worn around town, as it will appear in their “Lifestyle” line of footwear.

I’ve worn Hi-Tec hiking boots since I was about 13 and absolutely love them (and no, Hi-Tec has in no way compensated me for that sentiment), and I am really looking forward to trying on a pair of these boots when they come out. They’ll be available in Black/Cobalt (shown above) and in Walnut/Enviro Green, and will retail for $115 ($140 in Canada).

What do you think? Do these boots effectively bridge the divide between style and functionality?

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  • http://twitter.com/hikingbootscom HikingBoots.com

    I saw those in person at Outdoor Retailer, and it’s a great-looking shoe. I can see all the hip(ster) kids rockin’ those kicks all over town.

    • http://green.thefuntimesguide.com/ Jeffrey Davis

      I wish we could have been at OR to check out these boots and some of the other great eco-friendly outdoor gear at the show. Did Hi-Tec have the Walnut/Enviro Green color on display at OR too? Which color combo did yall like the best?

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    Impressive! With motion control style of hiking boots is a good option to best compliment the natural motion of walking. With a heavy, rigid structure, this variety of boot is sure to be very durable.