New Balance recently reintroduced an archival favorite, the Aimé Leon Dore (ALD) x New Balance Rainier boot. This retro hiking boot features suede overlays with Cordura and GORE-TEX underlays. Its waterproof fabric protects feet from rain and water while also providing breathability. Additionally, it uses an EVA foam midsole for comfort and a Vibram Megagrip outsole for a superior grip. Not only that, but the Rainier boot boasts debossed flying NB on the saddle and is co-branded on the tongue logo and sock liner.
The new practical silhouette returns as a refined yet rugged upgrade using modern and weather-resistant materials. This Rainier boot’s suede overlays pair with a contrasting burgundy upper, tongue, and toebox. New Balance says the look offers an elevated take on the hiking boot’s classic outdoor style.
ALD and New Balance first released the Rainier boot in 1982. The company says that, at the time, student guides at Mount Rainier’s climbing school had started wearing running shoes because they were lighter weight compared to traditional hiking boots. To that end, ALD and New Balance designed the Rainier boot to provide a lightweight alternative, which offered better comfort and support than other hiking boots, yet maintained the performance. ALD’s new take on the Rainier boot enhances the utilitarian silhouette with a touch of refinement to the rugged style with its suede and Cordura nylon upper construction and updated colorways. Plus, it offers weather-resistant functionality, durability, and sure-footed traction. The ALD x New Balance Rainier boot is available online for $200.
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