Hiking boots and suit pants. That’s, like, not a thing, right? Try telling that to Keanu Reeves, my friend.
Kanye West has made the case for military boots with sweats and tactical pants in recent times, but Reeves’s red carpet look du jour — slim fit suit, heavyweight stompers, unrivaled rugged charm — has curiously flown under the radar. Perhaps it’s time we change that. A good place to begin our Keanuisation journey would be with Arc’teryx’s Acrux LT GTX boot, a brand new model that is streamlined to the point it’s begging to be worn with something a little more upscale than basic mountain apparel.
Sure, the silhouette might be slightly bulkier than Reeves’ favored Grenson hikers (more on those here), but looking at the product shots, I get the feeling a sharp, straight-leg pant (or maybe something like the Indisce pant by Veilance) would cloak over the upper nicely. If not, well, they’re still really sweet hiking boots.
Under the bonnet, these things are souped-up. Arc’teryx describes it as a three-season boot, with features including a carbon midsole plate with a PU foam core for stiffness, a Vibram Mont outsole with Litebase technology for grip and comfort, and a Gore-Tex upper — the creme-de-la-creme of waterproofing material — that’s also breathable. Honestly, you most definitely don’t need all that gear in your shoes when heading out on a grocery run, but it’s nice to know it’s there anyway just in case.
The Acrux boot is priced at $400 and you can buy it over at Arc’teryx.