This is something you will not see very often, a collaboration with a top-notch quality outdoor brand who I have seen grow exponentially in my 15 years working at the Z. Merrell is one of those brands I have a ton of respect for and for all the right reasons. The brand stays true to their roots and they continue to create innovative product that will continuously change the game.

The style I’ve been wanting to work with for years was finally made available to me and the goal was to create some timeless classics with the brand. For this release there are three versions of the Wilderness. Made in Italy and priced at $300, the oily chestnut suede, oily beige suede, and dark brown oily leather will be available for purchase this Friday 10am est. at the David Z. flagship (556 Broadway, Ny, 10012, 212.431.5450) as well as online at

Please read about the iconic Wilderness boot here. Photography by @Sqmunro

A few weeks ago i posted the original black wilderness boot which is a staple in the boot market for decades. Working with Merrell on my favorite hiking boot of all time just felt right. Here is a preview from the 3-boot Made in Italy collection.

I’ve been waiting a long time to post these boots and in the next few weeks you will find out why. For now lets catch up on the greatest hiking boot ever made. The Wilderness has been around since 1982, thats 28 years and some of those pairs probably lasted till today. This boot is indestructible and here is why, it features a leather Norwegian welt (stitched on soles), a one piece waterproof leather upper, Vibram Roccia Block(R) heavy lug outsoles, a waterproof bellows tongue, and a soft leather padded collar. And if you’re still not convinced, the boots are made in Italy. QUALITY and CRAFTSMANSHIP.

I don’t know if most of you know the significance of a one piece leather boot. To manufacture a one piece leather boot you could only make 2 pairs out of a whole hide of leather, where you’d usually get 6-8 pairs depending on the size of the dyes (think of a cookie cutter, those are the metals used to cut the pieces of leather). And other than the boot looking that much better because there are no panels/seams/stitching, the boot is a lot more likely to stay waterproof throughout its lifetime because there are no seams for water to seep through.

This black leather version is the classic model and is for $275 available at the David Z. flagship location (Broadway between Prince and Spring st) and are also available over the phone (212.274.9044 ext. 640)

check out the online reviews for this boot:

From refers to the men’s version
“If you don’t prefer the techy space-boot look, you’ll appreciate the Merrell Men’s Wilderness Backpacking Boots’ sleek Italian style. Waterproof leather uppers and grippy Vibram Roccia soles protect your feet from the perils of planet Earth’s backcountry surface by keeping them dry in wet weather and stable on slick, steep trail. Merrell gave the sturdy Wilderness Boot a dual density, microporous midsole for shock absorption and breathability. When your trek leads you to a low-angled ice field, take your strap-on crampons from your pack’the Wilderness boots are compatible. Merrell recommends wearing this boot with a midweight hiking sock or a liner/midweight sock combo.”

From Altrec Outdoors: refers to the men’s version
“A classic leather backpacker; the Merrell Wilderness Hiking Boots – Men’s features Norwegian welt construction puts a wide platform underfoot for stability. Designed to last a lifetime, this one piece hiker with top-grain leather upper sporting a bellows tongue showcases Italian craftsmanship. Strap-on crampon-compatible the Wilderness VibramĀ® Roccia Block Sole/Trek Rubber will take your through miles and mile of adventure.”

From Campmor: refers to the men’s version
“A legend in leather; a boot for a lifetime. Norwegian welt construction puts a wide platform underfoot for stability. One piece, top-grain leather upper with bellows tongue showcases Italian craftsmanship.3mm waterproof full grain leather.Leather bellows tongue.Tesivel 3-Bar knit lining treated with Aegis Antimicrobial Technology.Italian hardware.Dual density footbed.Microporous rubber/rubber midsole.5mm leather/TPR insole.Norwegian welt construction.Crampon-compatible (strap-on only).Vibram Roccia Block Sole/Trek rubber.Weight: 3 lbs. 3 oz.”

From EMS: refers to the men’s version
“Leather hiking boots have withstood the test of time; the Merrell Wilderness Hiking boot uses a Norwegian welt and puts a wide platform underfoot for stability. 5 mm leather/TPR insole provides underfoot support; Norwegian welt construction. Vibram Roccia block sole with Trek rubber for durable traction. 3 mm waterproof full-grain leather for durable support and wear. Compatible with strap-on crampons. Microporous rubber and rubber midsole absorbs vibration. Tesivel three-bar knit lining with Aegis antimicrobial keeps the inside of the boot comfortable. Dual-density footbed delivers comfort and support. Italian hardware for traditional time-tested and secure lacing. Leather bellows tongue helps keep the water out.”