Outdoor gear item for Aug. 15

Multipurpose shoe

THE SITUATION: Finding a shoe that has the features to handle the demands of outdoor treks can be a challenge. Finding one that’s stylish enough for street wear, too?

AN ANSWER: Leave it to the Europeans to figure it out. Lowa, a German-based boot company that’s ISO certified for quality, offers a hybrid trail/travel shoe that has both form and function in its men’s San Francisco GTX line.

Made with a Gore-Tex Surround lining that provides the breathability and water resistance the material is known for, the San Francisco GTX can handle whatever the elements bring. It won’t replace a heavy duty boot for backwoods adventures, but it definitely holds up better than most other trail shoes on the market.

THE DETAILS: The shoe has a Nubuk leather upper for durability, and a TPU Monowrap sole construction that stabilizes feet and provides superior traction when you hit a slippery spot. Its specially designed temperature-regulation system, with vented sides that release heat without letting in moisture, keeps feet cool and sweat-free.

They are available in colors brown/orange, gray-black/blue and green/red, and in men’s U.S. sizes 7.5-12, 13 and 14.

PRICE: $225.

AVAILABILITY: To purchase or find a list of retailers, visit lowaboots.com.

Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, Tribune News Service