Modern Hikers with a Retro Heart

In the late '80s, hiking boots stepped off the trail and became fashionable as well as functional. The Free Spirit combines a retro look inspired by that era with modern tech for a hiker you can pair with a daypack or your favorite pair of jeans. It features a dual-density midsole that's firmer around the edges for stability and softer in the middle for targeted traction. A GORE-TEX liner defends against deep puddles and sudden downpours. Triangle lugs on the outsole give you lots of surface contact for reliable grip on a variety of surfaces.

Close up image of back of women's hiking shoes.

Close up image of men's hiking shoes.

Retro-Inspired Design

We first introduced the Free Spirit back in 1988 as part of our innovative Danner Crosshikers™ collection. Three decades later, the Free Spirit returns with updated materials and a contemporary look that keeps its retro hiker roots firmly intact. ‘80s inspired colors and vintage hiker laces strike the perfect balance between modern performance and old school cool.

Built to Roam

Leave the days of wet, cold feet behind. The Free Spirit is built with legendary GORE-TEX waterproof technology. Our custom-made Vibram® Overlook outsole built with Megagrip® technology provides traction on slick city streets and holds on tight when you're on the trail. Durable suede, abrasion-resistant nylon and burly D-ring hardware ensure your Free Spirit boots will be exploring for years to come.

Image of man standing next to river in his hiking shoes with a dog.

Image of man and woman walking on gravel trail towards mountain.

Close up image of back of men's hiking shoes.

Foot-Freeing Comfort

21st century comfort meets ‘80s aesthetics. Our innovative dual density midsole provides the best of both worlds: a firm outer layer ensures support and stability while a softer inner portion cushions underfoot. The result is a seamless, solid feel between your feet and your boots.

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