I went for a hike about four years ago and the shoes I was wearing had a mesh lining. They looked great, but they weren’t designed for proper hiking. They just looked like they were. When I stood in an unavoidable puddle, my feet got soaked.
I count that little anecdote as a formative moment in my life: on par with when I lost my first family pet or discovered the joys of cheese and marmite crumpets.
Now, I never get caught slipping again. These adidas Terrex ‘Free Hiker’ are the sort of shoes that don’t just look the part, but function as it. Dry feet, no matter what.