Eddie Bauer K-6 hiking boot review
Screening report: The Eddie Bauer K-6 Women’s Hiking Boot is the perfect balance between style and substance. It’s comfortable right out of the box, fully waterproof, and will look great even off the trail.
I’ve always understood that when it comes to hiking gear, it’s form rather than function. All the shoes I owned for my whitewater rafting trips, car camping trips, hikes, and nature walks weren’t exactly my style. But, they kept my feet safe and secure as I climbed rock faces and crossed streams. Finally, I found a pair that can keep up with what I ask for and look good at the same time. Enter the Eddie Bauer K-6 Boot.
the K-6 boot is not a new style for the brand – it entered the Eddie Bauer catalog in 1964 – it was new to me. While friends warned me not to wear them before they were broken into, I had high hopes. The ergonomic polyurethane footbed and heel support shell kept my foot from sliding all over the place, which inevitably leads to blisters. Not a gross place was to be had, even after more than 3 miles of walking. These boots, similar to those made famous by Cherly Strayed in Wild, have a waterproof full-grain leather upper (plus a WeatherEdge waterproof / breathable membrane for added protection). Took these boots on a trail to Kaaterskill Falls in upstate New York and they looked no worse after diving into a stream and climbing stone stairs. The sturdy spiked sole meant I could plant my feet firmly on uneven ground without feeling wobbly.
For more strenuous backpacking hikes, I could resort to a stronger pair, but for short day hikes that culminate at a friend’s or friend’s house, this will be my destination. They are comfortable, don’t need a long time to get in and are so stylish.
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