This week we’re paying homage to trail sneakers, such as the HOKA ONE ONE, in an effort to underscore the current trend in unsightly footwear, as well as provide affordable alternatives to the pricier Ozweego and Balenciaga pieces that have inundated our feeds over past months; or even years when we speak of the lauded Raf Simons-designed Ozweego.
We dig La Sportiva, a legendary Italian outdoor equipment brand that boasts an impressive hiking shoe arsenal. Founded in 1928, La Sportiva originally began producing handcrafted leather boots for local farmers. It was not until after World War II that it began to provide mountaineering, ski and hiking equipment for the masses, and now, some footwear numbers for the fashion cognoscenti.
They may be waterproof, durable and equipped to handle any fit of Mother Nature, but they’re what the fashion crowd could deem ugly and edgy in the same breath. We rounded up five of the best La Sportiva sneakers available to shop right now below.
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