Ariat creates a striking, hiking-inspired pickup

Ariat isn’t a big player in the sneaker game like Adidas and Nike as it’s more popular in the hiking world. This California-based label drops lifestyle kicks you can style up or down from its wealth of outdoorsy shoes and waterproof boots.

Ariat Fuse is one of the options that won’t bore the style-leaning spirit in you. It lets you build a colorful sneaker stack as it’s dressed up in a wide range of prints and patterns. It’s a fusion of comfort and athletic style in one package using a well-ventilated mesh and synthetic upper. 

Ariat steps out from its comfort zone to bring casual style like the Spitfire and lifestyle design such as the Fuse into its catalogs. Below is a quick rundown on how it fares compared to some of the much-sought minimalist pickups out there. 

  • Nike Roshe One is among the lightweight, minimal-looking Swoosh kicks. This Zen-inspired shoe is available in heaps of hues. But if you wish to level up your style with multicolored printed sneaks, the Ariat Fuse is the direction to go.
  • Adidas Kaptir is a sock-like Three Stripe offering that feels exceptionally light as the Ariat Fuse. Its lacing system is more for aesthetic purposes only, unlike the adjustable one on the Fuse shoe. The colorways for this profile lean towards neutrals and earth tones, which are the opposite of Fuse’s vibrant choices.  

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Hiking
Closure: Laces
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA, Synthetic / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable

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