Season: Fall/Winter 2021
Buy: Online at Oakley's website
Editor's Notes: Oakley continues to move beyond the domain of tacti-cool, polarized sunglasses with the Coyote boot, its latest foray into footwear.
A sneaker-boot hybrid, the silhouette features a suede upper with paneling made of Cordura, a lightweight textile. The shoe is rendered in three entirely tonal colorways — black, sand, and cognac-like "Coyote" — as well as additional color combos that incorporate pops of neon.
As far as function goes, the boot holds up to wear and tear with a grippy rubber outsole and built-in flaps that keep out dirt and water.
Known for its motorcycle goggles, Oakley re-entered the cultural zeitgeist a few years back, when luxury labels including Louis Vuitton and Maison Margiela released their own takes on the wraparound shades.
Then, the Kardashians — Kim and Kourtney, specifically — were spotted wearing Oakley-adjacent styles. With that, the brand reached a new consumer, one that isn't necessarily a cyclist or a motocross racer.
With the Coyote, Oakley taps into the sneaker market, a sector the brand hasn't held particular weight in before.
The sneaker-boot isn't necessarily cutting-edge, but it's clean, wearable, and has a bit of edge. In fact, it has a distinctly different feel than Oakley's past sneakers, such as the Vans-like Step Camo E or the similarly skater-ish Canvas Flyer.