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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.
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.