The race to find the perfect pair of mountaineering boots has been underway at MANual headquarters for a good two weeks. The heavy snow of winter may be a few weeks away (doomed last words), but we’ve been on the lookout for something durable enough to battle the black slush of Manhattan and unique enough to not be ubiquitous on those less-than-perfect weather days.
Normally Fracap wouldn’t enter this conversation. The Italian-based company painstakingly hand-makes a tiny number of boots each season…and they’re only available in Japan. That is, until now. Oki-ni has a small run of the Fracap Japan Mountaineering boot available for pre-order right now. The official drop date is December 10th but don’t expect many to stick around until then.