Reef, the California sandal and surf lifestyle brand started by two South American brothers back in ‘84, just added a new line of boots to their footwear lineup. The new Voyage collection takes all the best parts of their sandals — soft leather, great foot support, laid-back style that’s still sharp — to create a chukka that’s as good-looking as it is versatile.
They’re light, but also durable enough for fairly rugged outdoor activities. We can attest they’re comfortable straight out of the box, as in, they didn’t need to be broken in at all. They come in a black or brown leather ($145) as well as in suede ($130) with a choice of either khaki or bungee colorways. There’s also a Low Top version ($115).
Here’s the technicals: The Voyage boots, like many of Reef’s sandals, use the company’s Swellular Technology, which is basically made up of three layers: a soft foam deck on top, a slightly firmer midsole, and a high-density rubber outsole that provides traction and durability. They’ve also got built-in superior arch support, which means your feet stay comfortable longer. The uppers are made from Wolverine Performance leather (yes, that Wolverine) and includes a Scotchgard treatment to make them water- and stain-resistant. They easily transition from a tromp in the woods to a night out (we’ve done both in them) and since they’re stain-resistant you can clean ‘em up quick, so they actually make that jump from mudpuddle to movie night without looking like you’ve been slogging through the muck.For more than 25 years, Men’s Journal has been the expert in all things gear — from mountain bikes to fitness trackers, blenders to watches, and drones to cars. We take pride in a rigorous review process that includes testing and torturing. While our standards remain high as ever, our site now includes affiliate links, which means that if you buy something using these links, we may receive a commission.