LOWA long known for their classic hiking boots, like their award winning Renegade Boot, is branching out into a casual line up with four styles named after cities on the west coast of the United States. I will be reviewing the Seattle GTX Lo.
The Seattle GTX Lo is a “waxed canvas & leather shoe designed to keep feet looking and feeling great. Casual and urban styling meets the comfort and performance you expect from a LOWA. Durably waterproof/breathable.” It has a full grain leather and fabric upper, features a traditional Gore Tex lining and a lugged Vibram sole.
My first impression of the Seattle GTX Lo is that it is a nice looking shoe. I like the leather and fabric design and the contrasting color of the PU midsole. The olive color is more of a dark brown. I thought it might have some hints of green in it. The Seattle is also available in Black. In my opinion the shoe looks great and will go well with everything from jeans and khakis to hiking pants.
I have worn various LOWA boots over the years and I am usually pretty dialed in on my fit for a men’s size 9. These shoes seem to be a bit on the narrower and smaller size than some of their other products. The arch placement seems correct, but my toes definitely feel like they have less wiggle room and both my big toe and pinkie to are in contact with the shoe. However, with thin socks and wearing them around the house for short periods of time, they are not uncomfortable. I will have to see how they do after wearing them for several hours.
I am also intrigued by the sole. There are small lugs on the bottom of sole that look like they are capable of handling more than just casual walking around town. They look like they can handle more aggressive trail. I am excited to see if that is true.
The LOWA Seattle GTX Lo retails for $190 and can be purchased online or at your local store.
I generally review footwear on three main characteristics – comfort, durability and functionality. Please check back in about a month to see how the LOWA Seattle GTX Lo are performing.
Thanks to 4alloutdoors.org and LOWA for the opportunity to participate in this review.