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Occupying a space between fashion and tech-heavy outdoor gear, one of the things that have made Italian hiking brand ROA so popular is that while its footwear boasts outdoor-ready performance, it's all disguised within a relatively minimal sneaker design.

With its latest release, however, the brand has taken things to another level by producing a full leather loafer through its utilitarian lens.

Crafted from a luxurious Tuscan vachetta leather that's been treated with a traditional vegetable tanning technique, the top of the shoe looks almost identical to the classic loafers that were made popular by preppy college students, only with ROA's mountain-shaped logo cut into the vamp.

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ROALeather Loafer
$354
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But then, once you start to inspect lower down, the shoe appears to have the bottom half from its climbing-inspired Katharina model. Complete with a rubber toe cap, mudguard that runs the length of the shoe, and a custom Vibram® Megagrip sole, the lower portion of the model goes all-out on functionality.

While it might seem like an odd choice for a hiking label that shares its name with the mountain peak of Forcella della Roa to design, pivoting to loafers makes sense. We've long been witness to a post-sneaker society taking shape and search data in February found that interest in chunky loafers grew 85% over the past year.

Going toe-to-toe with the likes of Prada's dummy thick loafers and Martine Rose's clown-shoe-esque loafer mules  — ROA's bulky loafers take the style to new, trail-ready terrain.

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ROAAndreas Strap Boot
$360
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ROAMid-Calf Socks
$55
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ROAHalf Zip 3D Knit
$385
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ROAAndreas Strap Boot
$515
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ROAWorkwear Gloves
$240
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J.L-A.LKatharina
$540
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ROAHalf Zip Turtleneck
$530
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