Trail chic: Oboz Sypes Collection eyes style, sustainability and function

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The Oboz Sypes Collection photographs for boots in mountain style. Combination of tried and tested elements with an allusion to aesthetics.

Do not confuse the Sypes Collection with a fashionable crossover. The grippy, serrated soles and waterproof upper are designed for on-trail functionality and off-grid adventure. However, these hikers want to prove that the comfort on the way can also be transferred to urban missions.

Oboz builds on his knowledge of hiking boots with new approaches to sustainability and longevity. A shoe that needs to be replaced quickly does not do much to reduce the space required in production. Just look at the upper, which combines traditional full-grain leather with modern recycled synthetic fabric.

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Oboz Sypes collection

The Sypes collection is aimed at versatility, both in terms of use in different terrain and in the cut and color schemes chosen for townie looks. Oboz says it has sent pairs to 20 testers who have accumulated 1,000+ miles on various trails for feedback.

There are low and medium height versions of the species for preferential support and protection. All use the brand’s B-DRY waterproofing to keep water out and let your feet breathe.

Oboz used several materials in the upper of the Sypes walkers. Nubuck leather gives structure and durability, while the recycled mesh promotes breathability and flexibility.

Areas with high wear and tear contain CORDURA for extra durability. In the boots, O FIT insoles use high density EVA foam in the arch and heel cup to keep the foot in one place and support it.

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The debut in this collection is the Bend midsoles and outsoles. The fit of the women’s-specific midsole tapers in the heel to keep it in place and prevent blisters. Meanwhile, a wider forefoot and toe box leave room for your toes to spread apart while walking.

Underneath is the outsole with dozens of directional studs for grip on trails and better surface contact on sidewalks and asphalt.

The Sypes collection is also available in large sizes in both low and medium versions.

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A light footprint

Oboz says his eye for sustainability is burned into his ethos. Since its inception in 2007, Oboz has planted a tree for every pair of shoes sold to offset carbon emissions.

To date, that is more than 3 million trees over the years. You can see where Oboz planted these trees through his tree planting partner Trees for the Future.

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And with that Sypes collection, Oboz goes one step further. The brand uses 100% REPREVE fiber from plastic bottles in the laces and webbing. Oboz also uses algae biomass in the insoles.

Bloom’s sustainable algae biomass is the technology behind the boots’ O FIT insole bloom algae, which the brand ensures to have the same durability and comfort as all insoles.

Oboz Sypes Collection Specs

  • Upper, higher: Waterproof nubuck leather, rPET mesh and lining, CORDURA
  • Midsole: ACT Intelligent PU
  • Outsole: Curve
  • Weight: 16.6 oz. (Men), 13.83 ounces. (Women)
  • Price: Low $ 145, Mid $ 165

If you are the type who likes to tie your shoes in the morning and wear the same shoes everywhere, the Sypes collection is specially designed for you.

Whether you’re hiking and having dinner with friends after the day, or just taking the scenic route on errands, Oboz designed these boots for comfort, stability, and all-round traction to keep you on your way – whatever it is is.

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