It used to be that if you wanted footwear that was tough enough to wear to the worksite it had to look like, well, workwear. But now, brands are figuring out how to imbue unheard-of levels of toughness and durability into more stylish urban-ready offerings — as is the case with 5.11 Tactical’s Norris Sneaker.
A first glance confirms that these stylish shoes look like something you could wear all day, every day — they even boast details reminiscent of skateboarding footwear. And with their Ortholite footbed and upper cuff, they’re so comfortable you’ll never want to take them off. But they also have a huge measure of built-in toughness that’s not immediately recognizable. That includes a slip- and puncture-resistant Vibram Marbrani outsole with XS Trek, a climbing-grade protective rubber toe, and a super-strong Welmax board that guards your feet against up to 1,200 newtons of force. Toeing that seemingly-impossible line between the rugged and the fashionable, these sneakers can be yours for just $100.