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Could Scarpa's Highball be the perfect active travel shoes? We put them to the test to find out.

scarpa highball
Best for...
Everyday use in the outdoors
Overall Score
Superb versatility
Marmite styling

Scarpa have long been purveyors of fine hiking and climbing shoes and off the back of that have maintained a popular range of lifestyle shoes including the Mojito, Vitamin and Oxygen models. Their latest instalment into this range is the Highball, which puts classic Scarpa styling into a surprisingly capable package.

Although Scarpa approach and hiking shoes are as burly as the mountains they're intended to climb the Highballs sport a much sleeker and thankfully lighter design. In the world of Italian outdoor shoes sleek equals narrow and you'd be hard pushed to describe these as anything else. If your feet fit the mould then you'll find the Highballs immediately comfortable, with a just soft enough footbed, supple upper and comfortable sole unit. Despite all this the shoe still feels capable - you could happily go for a hike in the Highballs, and we're not talking about your local canal towpath either.

A Vibram Symbios sole takes care of grip, the lugs are deep and are technical enough to plough through most types of terrain without catching you out. 1.8mm of water-resistant suede not only looks great but also provides a stable structure for the upper which cradles your foot nicely without being overly restrictive, after all these are primarily a 'lifestyle' shoe. Lacing up-to-the-toe provides great fit and adaptability letting you adjust the toe area as well as the rest of the foot for all over comfort and support making the Highballs perfect for those with unusual foot shapes.

Those in the know will appreciate the styling of the Highballs, with a climbing shoe aesthetic and two-tone contrasting colour combinations. They have a lighthearted appeal that takes some getting used to but when we wear these we get positive comments, people just love how they look 'different', and in a good way.

Travel appeal is high with the Highballs, they're lightweight, look good, are comfortable and capable as well as being built to high standards which usually equals durability.

Versatility and quality makes the £100 price for the Highball shoes seem very reasonable when pitched against the competition making them a recommended buy for lifestyle and active travel.

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