I work in an Airport and I am always seeing passengers come through with super rad boots and I have been looking for ages to try and find what they are called. Typing in ‘cool hiking boots’ to google didn’t give me many positive hits, so I persisted with many other search keywords and eventually found them from an image search.
Palladium boots are the pinnacle of street boots. They far exceed converse in comfort and I feel like I could wear them anywhere. I opted for the ‘baggy’ style, which can be worn high or low and dressed up or down. They come in all different colours and are very reasonably priced, especially if you grab them on sale.
I bought mine from the Iconic and they cost $103 AUD, which converts to about $108 NZD. They were on special and normally retail for about $170 in retail stores. I went into Platypus shoes in the weekend and they have a massive range of colours and even some in leather which would be ideal for keeping your feet dry in winter if you wear them out and about a lot. I’d also like a pair of khaki or grey ones for summer (Christmas present to myself?).
What I love about them:
- Palladium boots are seriously comfy, they are nice and wide to fit your toes and have a really cushiony sole.
- The tread is wicked- you can go for a bush walk and get some traction on the leaf littered ground.
- The laces are nice and long so you can tie it however you like; a double knot or I like to wrap the lace around the part that folds down so the laces arent flapping all over the place.
- These shoes are made really well- they feel expensive!
- You can wear them folded down or fold them up for a high top look. Really versatile and pretty much go with anything.
- I get the feeling when I wear them that I could travel the world and wear them everyday for a year. Maybe I’ll challenge myself to that when I do my OE! Actually I think I read somewhere that a dude was wearing Palladium boots for a year to raise money for charity.
Anyway, go grab yourselves a pair, they’re exceptional.