If You're Scared of the Controversial Gorpcore Trend, Try These Shoes Instead


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I recently learned that the gorpcore crowd gets its name from a hiker's favorite food: "good ol' raisins and peanuts.” I had been wondering for the longest time what this trending "core” aesthetic’s name even meant, but it’s clear that hiking and all things outdoorsy are at the forefront. The aesthetic is mainly known for being utilitarian and functional with pieces like cargo pants, fleece jackets, and technical outerwear at the forefront. It's effortless and rugged, so if that's you, go all in. Think camping chic.

For those of us who are all about the glamour, um, most definitely, me. The idea of walking around in Nike, North Face, and Patagonia might be an immediate no, but hear me out. Celebrities are 100% already wearing it and making it look so glamorous, even Ms. Bella Hadid. So I’ve decided it’s worth giving a try, but there’s really only one aspect of the trend that has my attention, and that would be hiking boots. 


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Hiking boots are a great way to give a nod to the trending aesthetic while still staying true to yourself if you like getting a bit more dressed up. Pairing them with leather as pictured above on Hadid is a great place to start. 


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But if you're looking to make a more casual look feel dressed up, give this Zoë Kravitz look a try. The all-black comfort first 'fit is taken to the next level with the addition of a good pair of hiking boots.

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Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to Bazaar.com, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.