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Michael Hodgson

Traveler at HI Travel Tales
Born to British parents in Canada, Michael Hodgson had been schlepped back and forth across the pond since he was a toddler. In college, he took the big leap and spent a few months in Kenya – and never looked back. His biology major somehow led him into a writing career, focusing on the outdoors, hiking and gear testing. Building on his lifetime of travel with travel writing was a natural, although he still loves to seek out the wilder side of a mountain – or a city -- for a good story. Michael also is a partner in a consulting business ( built on a passion to help specialty businesses and brands succeed both domestically and internationally.
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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.

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 shoe our HITT Seal of Approval for travel product excellence.

HITT Seal of Approval for Lowa Bandon GTX

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