At first glance the upper of the Fields looks like a old school hiking boot, made primarily of leather and complete with the classic D-ring crisscrossing laces. Upon closer inspection you will find that the upper is constructed from full grain leather with waxed cotton flat laces and brass D-ring hardware clasps. The rolled collar adds comfort to that spot above your Achilles that can get agitated after too much downhill walking and the waxed cotton laces stay put once you’ve tied them. The base of the upper has a contrasting piece of leather that runs around the whole base that adds durability and a bit of contrast to the style of the boot.
As mentioned above I feel that the Fields run a little on the tight side so if you have wider feet or hover between sizes I would size up by a 1/2 size. I also wouldn’t recommend turning these into your new hiking boots as they are rather heavy, though I did wear them on a short hike in Acadia and was satisfied with the experience. As mentioned in the “upper” section – breaking these boots in is crucial! Do not judge these boots the first time you wear them – because they are made from full grain leather they will take time to break in – I’d recommend wearing them a bunch to run errands before you rely on them for a full day on your feet.
These boots are great for keeping your feet warm camping, walking your dog on rocky trails and with a pair of cuffed skinny jeans hanging out with friends around town. I think it’s spot on for my own experiences and feel like these are a great lifestyle boot that will last more than just one season.
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Gretchen Powers is a Maine based freelance filmmaker and photographer. She specializes is branded content creation and outdoorsy weddings. When she’s not wielding a camera she loves xcskiing, hiking, knitting, drinking tea and exploring with her pup Ella. www.gpowersfilm.com