While Vans loves to revel in the skate culture that their stomping grounds and entire brand embody, the Costa Mesa manufacturers have proven to be much more than just the company that’s been putting together your go-to casual kicks for decades. With their Ultrarange EXO HI Gore-Tex MTE 3, Vans is making a strong move to outfit your feet in rough weather conditions too.
Though meticulously crafted to fit your wear-and-tear needs, the MTE 3’s utilization of the All-Trac all-weather rubber outsole provides incredible traction, diminishing any worries of slipping on rough terrain. In addition to that, the water-repellent suede upper performs as well on the eye test as it does in the stormy weather it was intended for. Accompanied by Vans’ patented UltraCush midsole, this boot’s specific triple-density rendition keeps things lightweight, yet unbelievably brawny. Similarly, their 3M Thinsulate insulation makes for a vastly warm shoe without adding any unnecessary weight. Of course, on the topic of staying protected from the elements, standing out amongst the fray of features the shoe has to offer is its GORE-TEX waterproof membrane that helps prevent any water from penetrating, regardless of whether you find yourself rummaging through a sludgy swamp or up a rainy hillside.
Growing accustomed to paying no more than $65 for some of their flagship kicks makes $200 for a pair of Vans sound pretty steep, but this is no standard pair of Old Skools. You get what you pay for with these, and they’re available on Huckberry in a pair of colors.