Maians Footwear has bridged the gap between fashion and function with their Rufo boots. Maians Footwear designs all sorts of styles, but today I thought it would be neat to consider one of their most unique styles of boot and how they can be worn for both dress and exploration. The Rufo boot is not for outdoor adventure travel, but I believe they can work for both fashion and travel, due to their stylish design, but also their comfortable fit. They are made of suede, so trekking in the mud is out, but if you’re exploring Paris on a nice summer day, then these may be the boot for you.
When I spent nine months exploring Europe with a rucksack on my back, I simply didn’t have room for anything else. I didn’t even carry a tent with me, as I frequented couchsurfers, hostels and B&Bs. So adding in a second pair of shoes was simply not an option for me. But there are millions of visitors to Europe who travel differently, and those folks are who I’m offering a suggestion in footwear that can offer you dual purposes. Walking for up to ten hours a day, exploring foreign cities, and seeing the museums and monuments and attractions can be tiresome work, and can be quite painful if you don’t have the right sort of footwear and sole. And if you wish to travel light, while exploring each day, as well as frequenting high end eateries, clubs, and nice hotels, then you will come to the choice of having to lug around multiple shoes, or choose a hybrid boot that can withstand the walking, while remaining stylish enough for the more lavish destinations.
I found the Rufo boot by Maians Footwear to be a simple, but striking design. The suede is beautiful and soft, and although suede can be difficult to maintain on hard days of weather, they are light fitting and comfortable, which can aid your feet on long walks. The tread on the bottom is unique, and not meant for mountain climbing by any means, but it will provide you with optimum traction on cobblestone roads and slick concrete. The Rufo boot is both stylish and functional in an almost minimalist way.
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Article written & main photo by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen – Product photo © Maians Footwear.