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Shell jackets, rain pants and Gore-Tex gloves all evolve around the idea of equipping your wardrobe with some functionalism. Starting from the bottom, in this guide we will focus on one of our favorite topics, which is footwear. Trail-Running “sneakers” have taken the fashion universe by storm and can be spotted on the streets just as likely as in the French Alps.

Salomon and Merrell are some of the hottest brands producing performance sneakers, respectively trail-running shoes at the moment. To give you a deeper insight into the topic and show you why you should at least own one pair of these, we have put together this guide:



The Salomon family opened a shop in 1947 in downtown Annecy (France), specializing in wood saws and ski edges. Ten years later, the first Salomon binding, ‘le lift’ is debuted, replacing the traditional leather binding straps. The following years, Salomon set out to conquer the world of winter sports by perfecting their bindings, creating alpine boots for skiing, launching their first ski and expanding into snowboarding boards, bindings and boots.

1992 marks the year that Salomon ventured into summer sports with the launch of hiking shoes. Their trail running shoes were later categorized into lines like XA and XT, depending on the terrain, personal running goals and the distance that will be covered.



Merrell was established in 1981, after two executives for the Rossignol ski company, Clark Matis and John Schweizer, decided to launch a new maker of hiking boots. Following the belief of sharing the simple power of being outside, the brand rose to be one of the leaders in outdoor active footwear with models like the Moab Hiking Boot and Jungle Moc. Their main objective is the fusion of performance, styling, and comfort to empower all people to confidently explore the outdoors.


After looking at the brand’s performance-oriented backgrounds, it’s interesting to see how styles from different (sub-) cultures are being merged. Just look around you and you will spot Salomon XT-6s combined with Carhartt Double Knees and a Mohair Knit from Our Legacy.

Explore some of our favorite styles from Salomon and Merrell - we are eager to see how you decide to combine them!