More than ever before, walking has become one of life’s great pleasures. Whether it’s a casual stroll or a sweat-inducing hike, nothing says freedom like fresh air and views-on-views. And if your step count is getting a boost too, all the better.
But whether you have a new-found love for walking, or you’ve always been the outdoorsy type, getting your stroll on in the summer requires a whole new type of kit. Gone are the clumpy walking boots in place of something lighter and bouncier, maybe even a leg-lengthening espadrille sandal. And, waterproofs and big knits are substituted with lighter layers that you can peel off if you’re feeling the heat.
Here’s how to step out in style this summer.
(In partnership with FITFLOP)
The chunky trainer trend is going nowhere fast. Freya suede trainers by FITFLOP take the street style trend and run with it, with shoes that are supremely walk-friendly. Sporty chic on the outside with shimmery suede and curved panel detailing, they’re high-tech on the inside with Microwobbleboard™ midsoles for comfort and cushioning as you stroll. An off-duty hero, these silver accent trainers work just as well with your walking leggings as staple summer dresses.
An off-duty hero, these silver accent trainers work just as well with your walking leggings as staple summer dresses.
Heavyweight denim is an absolute no-go for walking – and if tight-fit leggings remind you of the gym – try a relaxed cargo short for casual summer walks instead. Isabel Marant Étoile’s ivory cargo shorts will give your look a utilitarian vibe and look just as good with a tee as a lightweight jumper. In a neutral tone, they’ll go with just about anything in your walking wardrobe or vacation suitcase. Plus, they give you maximum tan potential for your pins on hot weather days.
If you find sunglasses frustrating on active walks, use a bucket-style hat to shield your face instead. Ruslan Baginskiy taps into the great outdoors trend with cute scouting-inspired patches on this trendy khaki hat. Crafted from durable cotton canvas with a topstitched brim, it will keep sun rays at bay as you hike. We love the handy skinny neckties, which mean this hat won’t budge anywhere if the wind suddenly whips up on your walk.
If you have great hike intentions, your average cotton tee just won’t cut it for a big walk. Speed walkers should go for a breathable climate-control fabric like LNDR’s Comet top. Crafted from technical stretch jersey with quick-dry and antibacterial elements it means your tee won’t look/feel sweaty, even if you do. We love the metallic silver flecked panel on the chest – like a go-faster stripe, but better.
Sandals that look runway-ready don’t usually spell c-o-m-f-o-r-t. But step forward Elsa strappy sandals by FITFLOP that are made for walking and looking pretty cool while you’re doing it.
Sandals that look runway-ready don’t usually spell c-o-m-f-o-r-t. But step forward high-tech Elsa padded back strappy sandals by FITFLOP that are made for walking and looking pretty cool while you’re doing it. The sporty style benefits from a chunky super-cushioned sole, while the soft, pillow-y neoprene straps are designed to feel slipper-like against your feet as you’re stomping. Use the adjustable ankle strap (hello, quick-stick fastening) to get the fit just right and away you go.
Newsflash: don’t always bank on good weather days for your walks. Be prepared for unpredictable summer showers with Stella McCartney’s versatile and lightweight Kayla cotton twill parka. Cool and practical, this hooded style features an insulating drawstring waist, handy pockets and zip-fastening sleeves. In pale baby blue hue, just throw it on over your favourite walking outfit to freshen up your look – and stay dry.
Longer walks require some pre-planned supplies. Think snacks, maps, water bottle and even a camera if you’re planning on capturing new views and memories. This State backpack is the perfect companion for your walking adventures. With a high-shine silver metallic finish it will look pretty cool on your back, too. Lightly load up your essentials and use the handy front pocket for your smartphone so you can walk hands-free.