THE WORLD might seem like a weird and scary place right now. But however bad you think we have it, trust us, Joel Miller has it much, much worse. The Pedro Pascal anti-hero in HBO’s breakout series The Last of Us spends nearly every waking second outsmarting and outrunning hordes of mostly undead, fungus-infected zombies, all while trying to protect a brash, smartass teenage girl who may or may not be the key to saving humanity. No pressure, right? If there’s one thing the show taught us, it’s that having the right apparel is crucial. That includes everything from an Apocalypse-ready trucker jacket (courtesy of Huckberry’s in-house Flint and Tinder brand, BTW) to bulletproof footwear that’s tough enough to take you anywhere. If you’re looking for a serious pair of shoes, here’s where to buy Miller’s badass boots.
His favored footwear is the Irish Setter Elk Tracker—a legit leather hunting boot that’s purpose-built for stalking big game. But everything that makes these boots perfect for hunting—namely, a tall, 10-inch shaft and waterproof construction—also makes them ideal for surviving everything from the Apocalypse to day trips outside the city to your morning trek to the office. If they’re good enough to help Pedro outrun the cordyceps zombies, they’re good enough for whatever you’re getting into.
Even if you’re not an elk hunter or a prepper, these are a damn-near-perfect men’s boot. With an UltraDry membrane, they’re designed to keep your feet cool, dry, and comfortable, even in the most extreme conditions. Irish Setter’s exclusive ScentBan technology helps fend off bacteria and foot funk, too (a nice-to-have feature if you’re forced to live in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where good showers are hard to come by). Plus, a cork-based midsole provides extra shock absorption with a good mix of support and all-day comfort.
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On the outside, a Goodyear Welt sole guarantees exceptional durability and strength. The comfortable steel shank keeps you sure-footed and supports your calves and feet to help you go the distance, whether climbing the subway stairs or trekking over Boston city rubble. Basically, they’re built to outlast you.
A bit extreme for everyday wear? Maybe. But they might be the last pair of boots you buy for a good long while, and they look pretty badass to boot (Get it?).
Mike Richard has traveled the world since 2008. He’s kayaked in Antarctica, tracked endangered African wild dogs in South Africa, and survived a near-miss great white shark attack in Mexico. His travel advice has appeared on the websites for Forbes, Travel + Leisure, CNET, and National Geographic. He loves the great outdoors and good bourbon, and (usually) calls Tulsa, Oklahoma home. Mike also enjoys speaking in the third person.