GREATS has introduced an entirely new style with the release of The Dante Hiker boot. This first of its kind for the brand is made of naked, natural leather that originates from the Alcanena region of Portugal. GREATS’ Portugal factory minimizes water usage, plastic materials, and is powered using solar panels, furthering their efforts of becoming a more responsible company. An example of this is how the tanning process of “The Dante” uses 20% less water than other common tanning processes.

Close-up of The Dante laces

Close-up of The Dante tag

The urbanized hiker features an extra sidewall welt to help protect from the elements, a durable TPR sole made from partially repurposed rubber for increased traction, and comes in a shoebox made with 100% recycled craft paper. What I like most about the boot, aside from how the brand is incorporating sustainability at every turn, is the natural colored, naked leather. New boots are a clean look, but there really isn’t anything better than a well worn-in look. Because of the materials they chose, The Dante has the potential for unique aging patterns which will vary from person to person.

Lifestyle shot of The Dante boots from GREATS