This story originally appeared on mensjournal.com on Sept. 7, 2017 Reef, the California sandal and surf lifestyle brand started by two South American brothers back in '84, just added a new line of boots to their footwear lineup. The new Voyage collection takes all the best parts of their sandals — soft leather, great foot support, laid-back style that's still sharp — to create a chukka that's as good-looking as it is versatile. They're light, but also durable enough for fairly rugged outdoor activities. We can attest they're comfortable straight out of the box, as in, they didn't need to be broken in at all. They come in a black or brown. leather ($145) as well as in suede ($130) with a choice of either khaki or bungee colorways. There's also a Low Top version ($115).
Here's the technicals: The Voyage boots, like many of Reef's sandals, use the company's Swellular Technology, which is basically made up of three layers: a soft foam deck on top, a slightly firmer midsole, and a high-density rubber outsole that provides traction and durability. They've also got built-in superior arch support, which means your feet stay comfortable longer. The uppers are made from Wolverine Performance leather (yes, that Wolverine) and includes a Scotchgard treatment to make them water- and stain-resistant. They easily transition from a tromp in the woods to a night out (we've done both in them) and since they're stain-resistant you can clean 'em up quick, so they actually make that jump from mudpuddle to movie night without looking like you've been slogging through the muck.