The Lowa Bandon GTX for men is a casual, classy and highly versatile travel shoe, making it an ideal choice for any situation. And, let’s face it, the ideal travel shoe choices when luggage weight and space are at a premium are precisely those shoes that don’t look out of place in restaurants, cathedrals, museums, evening concerts, or on cobblestone walkways or dirt paths even.

Lowa Bandon GTX travel shoe

Featuring a smooth, waxed, full-grain leather upper coupled with a buttery soft leather lining on the cuff and tongue, the Lowa Bandon GTX ($185) just feels good on your feet. Its sneaker-like appearance keeps the look casual, yet sufficiently upscale, so the shoe works when your dogs need a bit of dressing up.

The PU midsole provides enough cushioning that even hard pavement, rocks and uneven cobblestone bumps get smoothed out and cushioned underfoot. A flexible sneaker-like sole provided our tester with superb traction on both wet and dry roads and sidewalks and didn’t suck up mud and debris from urban parks or mountain paths.

A Gore-Tex sock liner ups the game significantly and has helped make the Lowa Bandon the new go-to travel shoe for Him when only one shoe will do. Not only does the Bandon help keep feet dry in the rain or when walking on puddle-filled paths, the low-cut shoes’ waxed leather makes any needed cleaning a simple task. Even after a visit to a wet and somewhat muddy horse stable (it happens!) with the shoe coming back looking – how shall I say it? — less than fresh, He simply wiped off the horse “muck” with a damp cloth (sorry hotel staff) and was off to a business meeting in an hour with the shoes looking practically new.

Lowa Brandon GTX travel shoe review
Comfort and versatility combined with a bit of classy leather sneaker-styling are why we are proud to award this Lowa Bandon GTX our HITT Seal of Approval for travel product excellence.


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