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10 Pairs of Futuristic Boots to Wear En Route to the Metaverse

Like it or not, the metaverse is coming, or rather: it’s already here. As the inevitable happens and life plods towards a virtual new reality, we thought that we may as well start dressing accordingly — a prospect that we’re actually really looking forward to. At last, we have an excuse to break out our Matrix-style fits that we’ve been storing for dystopia. If the world as we know it is ending, we may as well look good while it does, right?
Our first stop en route to the metaverse is, obviously, SSENSE. Our first cop is, obviously, a pair of futuristic boots. Something we’d be proud to take our final real, gravity-aided step in. From bold hits like Bottega Veneta’s Puddle Bomber Boots to sleek, all-black iterations from Rombaut, Marni, and more, there’s a lot to choose from, but every selection is fit for what’s to come.

Kiko Kostadinov’s Maiden Boots are in keeping with the rest of the designer’s alien collection: industrial and made for walking (into the metaverse).

A chunky, geometric sole unit combines with jagged edges to leather overlays on the upper for a dramatic finish to this all-black pair from Julius.

Bottega Veneta’s footwear output has been second to none this year. The already iconic Puddle Boots have had a laced update that has renewed our love for the bulbous style.

So you’re ready for the future but you want to keep a grain of tradition, too? Marni’s padded take on the Chelsea boot silhouette is perfect for you.

Adyar’s Lancer Boots are, at their core, fairly classic. A leather upper and elasticated panel make for a hard-wearing yet comfortable fit. It’s the elongated collar that positions this pair within the unorthodox.

Rombaut’s designs are united by the thick sole unit that defines them. Faux leather and mesh form the upper of this pair which is basically an SUV for your feet.

GmbH has found the perfect balance between rugged and refined for this pair of Workwear Boots. In grey, the sleek uppers shine against the heavy-duty black sole unit.

There’s something very Pinhead-from-Hellraiser about this pair of gridded suede boots from Acne…

Ironically, while most others reach for black when designing their dystopian kicks, Rick departs from the hue for a neutral colorway. Does he know something we don’t?

Nobody really knows what to expect from the metaverse, so it can’t hurt to cop a pair that can do everything. Bally Hike’s Hike 1 Boots max out on utilitarian styling.
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