Here’s a fashion dilemma anyone who’s visited the likes of New York, Berlin or Aspen on a style-focused sight-seeing trip will relate to: what footwear do you pack to pound the pavements as a tourist that don’t leave you cringing you if you stop along the way for some retail therapy?

Trainers are fine for teens, but without socks (aka the fashion way) isn’t foot-friendly if you’re literally on the move all day. Timberlands are heavy and Dr Martens take time to break in. Hiking boots are built for comfort, but don’t exactly scream ‘style maven’. Until now.

Teva, the outdoor adventure brand currently ruling the cult normcore shoe space with its signature hiking sandals (Georgia Alice, Karla Špetić and Duskii used them as runway footwear for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016), has just released a range of super-light, water resistant boots that spans the gap between fashion footwear, trainer and hiking sandal.

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Currently available in three colours – natural tan leather, black and plum – with two different ankle heights, the Arrowood range is light enough to wear as regular trainers to the gym, but pretty enough (particularly in the case of the tan leather) to team with winter denim or a dress in summer.

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The new Teva Arrowood in Cognac tan leather
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To drive the message home, Teva sent a team of fashion journalists to glamping destination Paperbark Camp, situated several hours south of Sydney, just outside beautiful Jervis Bay for an in situ test run. One long hiking session across trails and beachfront later, all were convinced.

Next stop, Paris via Paperbark.

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Grazia’s Erika learned for herself the Arrowoods are water resistant
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thoughts?