Get the body and sole of a traditional boot in a stylish, wear-anywhere package. The upper is more leather than mesh, for superior support and long life, and glove leather on the inside molds to your foot. The stiff Vibram sole held firm on Adirondack rocks and rubble, and the cushioned heel took the sting out of hardpack trails and long miles. www.lowaboots.com
Bonus: The ankle has a gaiterlike seal.Bummer: It's a bit heavy for a low-cut boot.