Why We Chose The Hoka One One Anacapa Mid GTX boots: Great comfort, plush cushioning, eco-friendly build
Undoubtedly one of the most distinctive and striking walking boots on the market right now, Hoka’s Anacapa Mid is designed to appeal to hikers and hillwalkers looking for the ultimate in comfort and cushioning. The chunky sole unit promises plush impact absorption to soak up all sorts of lumps and bumps on the trail – but it also incorporates some clever geometry based on Hoka’s trail and road running expertise to help propel you along smoothly and efficiently.
Who Are The Hoka Anacapa Mid GTX boots For?
These are for hikers looking for immediate out of the box comfort and plenty of plush cushioning to absorb impact and alleviate foot fatigue during long, high-mileage days on hard-packed trails.
They certainly aren’t for lovers of minimalist, barefoot-style footwear. In fact, as the overbuilt design suggests, they’re the diametric opposite of that.
Nor are they designed for scrambling over technical terrain. Though the chunky sole unit makes them stiffer than most mid boots, it also adds volume and reduces feel underfoot, which means this isn’t an ideal boot when precise footwork is required.
On the other hand, the Anacapa is a great boot for pounding well-trodden paths – ideal for classic hillwalking rounds, long linear point-to-point routes and big mountain days.
When it comes to sustainability, footwear often lags behind other bits of outdoor kit. The Anacapa are more eco-friendly than most boots though, particularly when it comes to construction of the uppers.
They’re made from nubuck leather, which is gold rated by the Leather Working Group, a not-for-profit organisation responsible for the world’s leading environmental certification for the leather manufacturing industry. The uppers are also finished with a PFC-free water repellent treatment. That’s not all – the moulded PU sock liner is derived from 50% soybean oil, while the ankle cuff, mesh panels and even the laces also incorporate recycled polyester fibres.