Everyone’s got a favorite sport shoe to take on their travels that both performs well and looks good, so you don’t have to bring two shoes instead of one. The skate shoe design is one of my favorites to pack along, because it’s versatile for all-around sporty ability (you can walk, run, hike, skate, bike) while also retaining some urban style.
One of the latest examples of that shoe is the Lowa San Diego GTX Surround Lo WS shoe, which looks a lot like the baby of a Euro-style walking shoe and traditional sleek skater kicks.
That name is a bit of a mouthful. Let’s break it down with some footwear translation.
This sporty leather-and-fabric model looks like your standard chic skater shoe until you look closer at the sole, which has GTX (Gore-Tex) Surround technology, allowing your foot to breathe in every direction. Even through the sole. From a day on the plane to a weekend lost in the forest, your feet can get the right balance of comfort and protection. GTX Surround technology channels heat and moisture away from your feet in every direction, and is also waterproof, so you won’t have puddles and rain leaking into your shoe from the sole.
The TPU outsole is extremely light, so even if you’ve packed the shoes in your suitcase, you won’t feel as if they’re weighing you down. And the shorter height (that’s the “Lo”) hits right below your ankle, so you can roll in after a long hike and not tip anyone at the café or bar off based on your shoe choice. Keep them guessing.
The San Diego GTX Surround Lo WS shoe comes in both navy and anthracite, and lists for $200 on the Lowa site.