For Spring 2015, Arc’teryx takes a big step into footwear. With a unique layered construction, the new shoe line is comprised of eight different styles for both men and women, including approach shoes as well as a variety of hikers.
Somewhat unique to non-mountaineering footwear, the shoes feature an inner liner separate from the outer shoe. According to Arc’teryx, this Adaptive Fit construction delivers the best of fit, breathability, and weather protection. Different types of inner liners are available offering increased levels of insulation and water protection.
The outer shoe is made from a seamless one piece upper that is laminated from four layers of technical, hydrophobic materials. A large breathable woven PU coated nylon yarn insert area allows for air exchange while increasing durability. This upper covers the cushioning EVA midsole, reaching all the way down to the Vibram rubber sole.
All inner liners are separately manufactured, using a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort Stretch membrane for the whole bootie. The special construction reduces glue points and the absence of a tongue gives the liner more breathability and increased waterproof coverage for the shoe.
An air permeable EVA foam integrated in the liner adds air flow between your foot and the outer shoe. The whole liner package is stretchable and conforms to your foot shape for a new level of fit comfort. In the top-of-the-line styles Alpha2 FL and Bora2 Mid, the liners are completely removable and interchangeable for easy drying, washing, or to be used as a tent bootie.
Arc’teryx footwear prices range from $190-$320 with the extra inner liner accessories running at $80-$95.