Your feet fare infinitely better in a good pair of boots when you’re out on the trail. If those boots can pull double duty in the office or your weekend pub crawl without looking like you just steppped off Denali, even better. We’ve been big fans of Forsake’s casual boot line since they first hit the market in 2013. Since then, the original sneakerboots they designed have always had a place on our favorite trails, and are on our feet as we explore mountain towns all over the Western US. For fall 2016, they’re introducing an all new line up for both men and women, and we couldn’t be more excited.Related: How To Pick The Perfect Hiking Boots | The 10 Best Trail Shoes of 2016Duck $140Taking design cues from classic mud and duck boots, Forsake’s Ducks bring this style into the twenty first century. The uppers feature full grain leather, full seam taping, and a waterproof membrane. Combine that with the Peak-to-Pavement outsole that we love, and you’ve got a boot that is ready to pull duty on muddy trails, winter yard work, or provide a little outdoors legitimacy to your fall lumber-sexual look (sorry guys, the flannel and beard in downtown NYC wasn’t fooling anyone).Freestyle $115For a more casual look, the Freestyle is a welcome twist on a chukka style boot – albeit with much more comfort and technical feature packed in than your typical suede boot. The color contrast upper is a full grain suede that has been waterproof treated. The laces and upper cuff feature elastic, making these boots a breeze to get on and off even when tied. They’ll definitely be our choice for exploring some fall slot canyons in the deserts of Southern Utah.For the Ladies: Scrunch $140At first glance, the Scrunch looks more at home in a scifi TV Show than out on the trail. However, even though the uppers depart from typical hiking boot styling, the outsoles are decidedly trail rated. The Peak-to-Pavement design hides a full complement of directional lugs under a an extremely comfortable PU open cell foam footbed. If you’re looking to get your lady friend out on the trail, looking more rugged on her way to yoga, or just more comfortable while strolling through the weekend farmers’ market, you’ll earn serious points for getting her a pair of these.Look for the entire line to hit Forsake’s website and retailers by August 15th. If you can’t wait to drool over a new pair that long, stay tuned for more coverage as we get a deeper look at the entire line at the Outdoor Retailer Show next week. The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention
“UNICEF is grateful to Gucci and its employees for their commitment to improving children’s lives and futures through education,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a press release. “Every child should have a fair chance in life. That begins with a fair chance to learn.” At an event held yesterday in New York, the UN agency and the 94-year old fashion house underscored the wide reach of their accomplishments with the screening of Growing Tall – a short film directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Christina Voros that highlights the “power of education to transform lives, especially for girls and women.”The issue of accessibility to quality schooling for children in the least-developed and developing world remains a critical area of concern for UNICEF. According to UN data, since the year 2000, 34 million more primary school-aged children have attended school than would have done so if earlier trends had continued. However, despite this progress, some 58 million children of primary school age remain out of school worldwide. Over the past 10 years, in fact, Gucci’s support for UNICEF has helped train more than 8,700 teachers and educators, construct nearly 300 school classrooms, and supply 14,600 school desks. In addition, the partnership has also led to the construction of more than 1,800 water and sanitation facilities in schools, ensuring clean water for drinking and hygiene, and has facilitated government policy changes on education and improving school curricula.The benefits, UNICEF noted in its press release, have reached more than 7.5 million children in both Africa and Asia and will now extend through the UN agency’s “Chime for Change” campaign targeting children and families affected by the Syria crisis with learning opportunities and support services.“Through our long and successful partnership, Gucci has helped provide that chance to so many children who might otherwise be excluded – and in doing so, provided them with the tools to build a better world for themselves and their communities,” Mr. Lake added.