We're wary of making assumptions, but we feel it safe to guess that footwear should work for its wearer, rather than the other way around. When said wearer gets to feeling restless and needs a trail beneath her feet posthaste, the Vasque Mantra GTX says, “Let's go. Now.”
You left those hiking boots in the closet for a reason: they're made for climbing up hills, not running errands. Or walking the kids to school on a drizzly morning. But the Mantra GTX is made for your day-to-day and your getaway. The Mantra's mesh and Nubuck leather upper look good on a shopping spree and work hard on a slippery walk. And Vibram's Ananasi outsole provides serious traction when a Sunday stroll on the boulevard turns into an impromptu ramble in the woods. Its rigid structure supports and protects feet from sharp obstacles. Its fierce lug design grips onto roots, rocks and slippery sidewalks. And since they're equipped with Gore-Tex, your toes will be warm and dry when you treat yourself to a post-adventure mug of cocoa. Ah, a shoe that pulls its weight... and satisfies that pesky wild hair. Bet the boots are jealous.