Salomon was founded in 1947, in the heart of the French Alps, and since then has continued to innovate outdoor technology, gear and equipment. As an extension of this progression, the brand has seen numerous collaborations with the likes of Atmos, Beams and Palace, although none are quite as influential – and often as perfectly fitting – as their continued work with Japan’s and wander.
Marking the 5th collaboration between the two brands, in a line of items that has included cross sandals, sturdy boots like the CROSSHIKE CSWP and various models of Salomon’s excellent trainers, the FW21 release sees the Outpath XT-6, Outpath GTX and the Odyssey, a reflective, high-cut boot, graced with and wander’s touch.
While the XT-6 is commonly found gracing urban environments, it never betrays its original intentions as a trail runner, with solid cleats on the base for grip, EVA cushioning and lightweight design.
The GTX is slightly hardier than the XT-6, with welded overlays and a ripstop upper.
Lastly, the Odyssey, with an entire zipped shroud that unfastens into a winged mid-height trainer, is perhaps the most interesting of the trio.
And wander, created by Mihoko and Keita Ikeuchi, continues to harmonise both brand’s lust for nature while maintaining style.