Quality. Class. Performance. These are three perfect words to describe Hydrogen-1 Brogue Lace Up Boots. Hydrogen-1 is a fantastic shoemaker for the guy who wants it all in a shoe–something that works as well on the trail as it does in the casual office. Focused around utilitarian values and simplicity in construction, Hydrogen-1 created a simple, sturdy, generic (in the good way), shoe that will hold up for years. I’ve had these shoes a while now, and I’ve worn them enough to know that these bad boys are here to stay for a long time.
The upfront cost of $295 sounds steep, but here’s the deal: these shoes are worth it. Yes, you can go snag some Chuck Taylors for a pittance these days, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but we’ve all seen shoes like that after a year or so–yikes. Hydrogen-1 brings you the highest quality genuine Italian leather from the Marche region, the main region for the legendary Italian shoemakers. You’re not going to have to worry about these shoes falling apart over the years, and if you get 5 years out of these shoes (and I see no reason why they wouldn’t hold up perfectly for that long), you’re going to make up the cost of buying multiple pairs of cheaper shoes–with the added benefit of wearing some downright sexy performance leather during that time; not canvas.
Now, look, I’m not saying you should go on a worksite or go on lengthy hikes in these shoes. There are steel-toed shoes out there for a reason. However, if you’re a guy who enjoys a good walk on a trail every now and then, the rubber soles and hearty leather will serve you just fine. In addition, the timeless wingtip pattern will turn your look up a notch from tennis shoe to business casual–and who doesn’t want that?