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Lowa Arco GTX Lo Men’s Shoes Review: Ready for Everything

Price and Where to Buy Lowa’s Arco GTX Lo: $210 at

How the Lowa Arco GTX Lo Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. The Arco GTX Lo is a trekking shoe in disguise. Cool color choices, embossed leather uppers, and a fairly sleek silhouette make it a good match for urban escapes—but it has serious hiking cred as well. High-performance outsoles, GORE-TEX lining, and a slingshot heel design mean it offers great support on uneven trails. They perform just as well on pavement—especially when you’re walking all day.
  • Value: 8/10. At $210, this is not a cheap shoe, but it might be the best-made pair you’ve ever owned. Lowa shoes and boots are 100 percent hand-crafted in Europe, and the company stands by its clean manufacturing, minimal waste, and fair labor practices.
  • Portability: 9/10. Hiking shoes often weigh a suitcase down, but the Arco GTX Lo offers hiking-shoe performance in a much lighter-weight package.
  • Durability: 10/10. These are extremely well-made shoes, and will likely see you through many trips, hikes, and new cities before showing much wear.
  • Cool Factor: 9/10. To offer the support of a hiking shoe, without announcing its outdoorsy inclinations in its look, makes this a multi-purpose travel shoe that offers both support and style.

Final Verdict: The Arco GTX Lo shoes for men are a great travel choice for anyone planning both active and urban pursuits and who wants style and comfort.

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By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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