Park Ranger-Inspired Footwear From Fronteer
Three new silhouettes and a classic boonie hat offer a conceptual alternative to the standard issue fits worn across America
From New York designer Jon Tang and his emerging footwear brand Fronteer we’ve seen a range of exciting sneaker designs, riffing on vintage designs yet grounded to contemporary craftsmanship. From everyday sneakers with bouldering shoe-like rubber soles to velcro-strapped approach shoes reminiscent of Nike’s ACG heyday, the colors are always playful and designs equally interesting.
The latest few designs to drop introduce a more subdued color palette to the collection, and revolve around the classic Park Ranger uniform. Here we see two, combat-boot inspired alternatives to the usual black boot, alongside a more aggressive 1980s styled approach shoe, and for the heads, a classic boonie hat.
Each style has its merits. The Ranger Hi and Ranger Lo each land in the easy-to-wear camp, with a soft twill canvas upper anchored by an exaggerated, vulcanized ripple toe-cap. Just 400 pairs of each colorway will be made.
Though the Geotrekker will surely get all the headlines, with every detail from a climbing-inspired sticky rubber toe cap and a raised Vibram outsole to an upper comprised of suede and ballistic nylon. It’s certainly a more aggressive vibe, which we’re digging. Only 350 pairs of each will be available.
As for the Boonie Hat. Well, it’s just that, a timeless military style originally introduced in Vietnam and now found as standard issue to all US military forces. It’s made of lightweight cotton and designed to take a beating in all conditions, without fail. A cap you can count on, rain or shine.
$40 - $160 from Fronteer