Outdoor shoes are no longer confined to the iconic hiking styles of old. In recent years, the industry has taken a different approach to capable off-grid footwear, adopting urban silhouettes, and drawing inspiration from the technical aspects of cutting-edge sneakers. As a result, the creation of hybridized trail shoes like Vivobarefoot’s newest ESC Tempest has become commonplace.
Regardless of the genre’s saturation, Vivobarefoot’s ESC Tempest sets itself apart from the competition, thanks to its eye-catching design, utilitarian principles, and interesting inclusions. As the first silhouette admitted to the brand’s Extreme Survival Collection, the Tempest boasts a robust suite of upcycled and sustainable materials, including a quick-draining mesh, recycled PET ankle sock, and a buoyant, bio-based Bloom EVA midsole. Inspired by nature’s amphibious animals, the sneaker seeks to bridge the gap for those who swim, run, and traverse through the world’s most complex terrain. They’ve even got a lightweight organic cage and a tractable rubber outsole, developed in collaboration with Michelin, to ensure adequate footing, no matter the surface. Head to Vivobarefoot’s website on June 22 to grab a pair for $220.