Verdict from 9 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • A good majority of the purchasers agree that The North Face Surge HighGate LS is an excellent fusion of comfort and style.
  • Numerous wearers point out that this lifestyle sneaker exudes superb comfort.
  • Plenty of the shoe aficionados express that the design on this silhouette is so stylish and unique.
  • Followers of TNF shoes, highlight that the materials on this kick look and feel durable.
  • According to some reviewers, the Surge HighGate LS is lightweight to don on feet.
  • Most of the users share that the design on this low-top accommodates many activities like travel, running errands, going out, etc.
  • Several individuals emphasize that they praise the breathability factor on the TNF Surge HighGate LS.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of testers state that the forefoot area feels a tad narrow for their preference.
  • Some customers express their disappointment that some glue stains are visible on some parts of the shoe.
  • The metal lace tips make a clanking sound when walking, quips a few people.

Bottom line

This lifestyle-inspired version of the Surge HighGate marries comfort, durability, and style with its leather and mesh materials. Extreme comfort is provided with the combination of the Vertilite midsole and the Eco LT Ortholite® footbed for a lightweight and long-lasting comfort.

With a budget-friendly price tag, this one-piece footwear is crafted to combat the elements of the urban jungle adventurer and take them from work to play effortlessly.

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Good to know

The North Face Surge HighGate LS is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. Similar to most casual shoes with mesh uppers, this slip-on/lace-up sneaker is breathable. At the same time, the lightweight Ortholite® Eco LT insole gives an added ventilation factor and keeps moisture away from the foot, keeping it odor-free.

Combining leather and mesh for the upper on this outdoor-inspired footwear allows one to style this from the confines of the office to the buzzing of the bar. With color schemes available in earth tones, like black and brown, among others, one need not worry about the clothing pieces to wear this with.

Taking inspiration from TNF’s Equipment line is the eyebrow detailing that gives it a more rugged appeal. Additionally, depending on the colorway, contrasting woven shoe strings that look similar to hiking boots give that cross-over between the outdoors and the metropolis.

An elastic gore wraps the heel counter with TNF’s dome-inspired branding on the lateral side.

For firm traction, these lace-up-and-go shoes feature The North Face’s proprietary EXTS™ outsole traction system. Derived from renewable, plant-based sources, this system grips better on wet and dry surfaces.

Founded by two Californian hiking enthusiasts, The North Face was established as a retailer of high-performance climbing and backpacking equipment in 1968.

The ever outdoor adventurers they are, they named their company The North Face, which, in the Northern Hemisphere, the north face of a mountain is the most grueling path to climb.

To represent this passion and dedication to the extreme outdoors, the logo is inspired by one of the greatest big walls in the world -- Half Dome, located in Yosemite, California. This rock formation, wherein one side is flat, while the other three sides are round, make it appear like a dome cut in half.

From outdoor clothing and equipment, TNF has expanded its product range to tents, sleeping bags, and various sporting equipment. 

After a successful reception of the Surge HighGate running shoe, the brand launched a casual model in the form of The North Face Surge HighGate LS. LS, meaning lifestyle, takes on a leather fabric to cover the area and make it suitable for the urban explorers of today.

  • 37°44'45.73"N 119°31'58.58"W ELEV: 2,695 M print on the midsole is the GPS coordinates of the Half Dome in Yosemite, California where The North Face logo is inspired from. 


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