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Lowa Wendelstein Boots | Review

The Lowa Wendelstein brings together the best of old and new

Why We Chose It: Functional, comfortable, cool vintage styling.

Is there a finer sight in this life than a modern day walking boot with an old school aesthetic? We’d argue that there is not. And so, cutting straight to it, this is the Lowa Wendelstein; a vintage-style walking boot that we think looks, well, rather sharp..

Digging a little deeper than the shallow, “does it look nice,” stuff, here on the Outdoor100 Team we were genuinely impressed by this boot’s all-round performance. It may bring to mind old sepia photos of mountaineers doing their things in the Alps, wearing knickerbockers and the like, but the boot itself is technical and modern in all the ways it needs to be.

The upper material, made from good old-fashioned leather which is chromium-free, has the perfect toughness-flexibility balance, while the carefully designed seams reduce the risk of friction and serve to enhance the Wendelstein’s extremely durable nature.

“Is there a finer sight in this life than a modern day walking boot with an old school aesthetic?”

Unlike the hobnailed boots of the past, the sole of the Wendelstein obviously has a much more forward-thinking setup underfoot. Suitable for a variety of terrain, the outsole has fairly aggressive lugs of about 4mm and a useful climbing zone (a slightly narrowed toe that allows precise edging), so as well as your standard rolling green hills it can also handle the rocky stuff – it is after all the useful Mulaz Approach design by Vibram.

So as well as looking incredibly stylish wearing these, it’s clear that the Lowa Wendelsteins are also more than functional enough to be practical whether you’re hillwalking, trekking, doing approach bits or just travelling. A real fusion of new and old here. We like it.

The leather upper provides toughness and durability. Photo: Chris Johnson
The product's "climbing zone" at the tip of the sole aids precise foot placing. Photo: Chris Johnson
The Vibram Mulaz Approach sole can definitely handle the rocky stuff. Photo: Chris Johnson

Tester’s Verdict

Nic Hardy, Munro bagger

“I’ve loved wearing these. They’ve been super comfortable from the off with nice soft leather, no hotspots on the inside and no water getting in either. They remind me of my Mother’s walking boots from the 1980’s, a really traditional design but with modern breathability, waterproofing and grip. The red laces are another retro touch that I favour. They’ve not made the cut for my attempt to bag all of the munros as I’ve gone with my lighter synthetic pair of boots. The Lowa’s will be my choice for local hikes around the Lake District though, for sure.”

The red laces are pure retro styling. Photo: Chris Johnson

Lowa Wendelstein Walking Boot

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