The Columbia Lakeview sneaker is just what you’re looking for in a casual all round man-about-town way or an entry level hiking shoe.
I bought a pair today on sale for just over 30 euro and am abuzz with delight, glee and a touch of buyers’ remorse – something I am vulnerable to even if I don’t actually buy anything. Amazon has it listed at $44.99 – $65.00 (check price on Amazon) so sale or no sale you can’t lose on price.
Point is I’ve been looking for a hiking shoe that I could use during a summer of cycling in Europe.
Having a deeply defined heel, which many shoes – even rugged hiking shoes these days – don’t have.
Helps keep feet locked onto pedals specially with quick gear changes.
One of the options I am considering on this trip is carrying a mid size back pack that would fit everything I take – which will have to be minimal. This is lightweight travel and therefore one pair of shoes.
The basic idea now is to put the backpack on my back and set off. When touring a city keep the bag at the hotel and the bike to its minimal best. No naff luggage racks and grocery holds.
Bike saddles are so a bit suburban, I think – so a backpack it may be. If that doesn’t work I may just have to suburb it. Or find another way that maintain cool value.
Deeply etched sole for better traction whether on the bike or hiking uphill towards the crater of Mount Vesuvius to take a peek. The red logo on black looks cool too.
FEATURES of the Columbia Lakeview Hiking Shoe:
- Upper: Combination suede leather, synthetic and mesh upper with a durable rubber tip and heel
- Midsole: Techlite lightweight midsole for long lasting comfort, superior cushioning, and high energy return
- Outsole: Omni-Grip non-marking traction rubber
I was hoping for something that would give me hiking/sport shoe performance without making me look like I just fell off Mount Everest and landed in a rather nice restaurant in Amsterdam, a fine beer establishment in Dusseldorf, or a chic wine bar in Luxembourg. All planned destinations this summer as I go in search of north European urban sophistication and wotnot.
I had planned on buying a Jack Wolfskin MTN Attack 5 which I looked at in Sun and Sand Sports (a UAE chain of sporting goods retailers) about a week ago. The MTN Attack 5 came closest to my design preference and performance level and at just over 120 euro seemed like a reasonable bet
I’ve not got much experience with the brand but failed to fall in love with any models they had at Sand and Sun – or rather the limited colors. None were the universal tones that you could wear with anything.
Travelling light means one pair of pants and that will probably be the trusted brown 5.11 Stryke pants that you see me wearing in so many pictures. So any footwear must match.
Even on the road one mustn’t lose one’s sense of colour coordination..
Cleats as a first loop for laces are also very handy indeed for quick release and adjustment.
These are made of metal and therefore as strong as they come – hopefully.
So in I popped today to Sun and Sand Sports to find they were having a sale.
As it happened Jack Wolfskin products were not included in the sale – but next to them, on the floor, in a rather dejected looking way where the last items of some Columbia models they had.
Cool breathable and perforated sued for ventilation and great quality stitching all around.
I zeroed in on the Lakeview right away, before noting the red sale tag of KD 11 – about 33 euro. The guy said it’s a size 10 – about 44 in English. I usually wear a 43 – or 9 ½ in the other English.
I slipped my foot in and it was a fit of Cinderella-esque proportions. I was sold. Really now, one can’t go wrong at that price and they look the business.
Very comfortable and lightweight too, on first impression.