…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.
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?