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Early in his career, an injury forced famed mountaineer Lou Whittaker to swap his heavy hiking boots for New Balance sneakers. He liked the lightweight feel of the running shoes so much that he added a lug sole with special toe cap and created the ultimate hybrid hiker. Road tested on Everest, they're suitable for all kinds of treacherous terrain, from wild expeditions to city streets. Relaunching in new colors this year, this classic version is hard to find (we were lucky to get our hands on them at all). English leather and nylon upper. Heavy-duty cotton laces. D-ring eyelet lace system. Padded interior lining. Cushioned footbed. Leather-covered foam padding along ankle collar. Embossed logo on midsole. Highly flexible rubber lug sole for traction. Import. Catalog/ only. Color: brown