A Fall Hike Close to Home With Zappos and Blundstone

Hiking in the fall with Blundstone and Zappos on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

There are dozens of things I love about living in Northern Michigan, but probably right up there at the top of them all is the ease of enjoying the outdoors. As a kid I grew up building forts in creeks, climbing trees, collecting things from the woods, and creating imaginary worlds along the lakeshore in the summers. When we left it was the thing I missed the most. Now, that we are back up here, I daily go on a walk whether with just Hayes or with the whole clan. The only time we don’t is in the rain. It was something we vowed to do when we knew we were moving back here. This practice has made fall ever more magical to us.

Hiking in the fall with Blundstone and Zappos on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

Hiking in the fall with Blundstone and Zappos on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

We have our favorite hikes around the area, but recently we have been trying to find new ones. We discovered one trail just down the dirt road from our rental house. The drive in is all two-track and the trail is off a road that dead ends on someone’s farm in the middle of the peninsula. It is remote, quiet, and I honestly couldn’t really explain how to get here and I am okay with that. The quiet here is life giving on days when you need to clear your head and it has been the most amazing thing to have this sanctuary just a minute or so from our home right now.

Hiking in the fall with Blundstone and Zappos on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

Hiking in the fall with Blundstone and Zappos on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

With all the hiking we are doing, I have been trying to find shoes that allow me the ability to get out, stretch my legs, can get dirty, but are effortless, chic, and wear like iron. My collection of outdoor shoes has grown in the last few months as we prepare for the upcoming weather of the fall and winter seasons here. So, when I discovered these Chelsea boot style pull-on boots from Blundstone on Zappos, I knew I met my adventuring match for the fall. They can be waterproofed very easily and are easy to take on and off. These boots can go from day in town to the trail without skipping a beat and they arrived just in time from Zappos because of their fast free shipping so that I had them to enjoy the last weekend.

Hiking in the fall with Blundstone and Zappos on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

Hiking in the fall with Blundstone and Zappos on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

The boots came along for a weekend hike on that favorite trail of ours. They were the perfect pair of shoes to enjoy the trail filled with a sea of freshly fallen leaves.

Hiking in the fall with Blundstone and Zappos on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

In the past, I have found it hard to find great shoes that keep your feet warm and dry while also being stylish and cool. This year though Zappos has so many styles to check out, but I found the Blundstones as a top contender and after taking them with me this weekend, I honestly have been wearing them non-stop since.

Hiking in the fall with Blundstone and Zappos on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

Hiking in the fall with Blundstone and Zappos on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

Hiking in the fall with Blundstone and Zappos on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

There are many days still left before these trails are snow covered and the leaves are losing their color and I don’t plan to miss a day out here on the trails. Even in the chill all you need is a few good pieces to keep you warm and toasty. I am trying my best not to let the elements be the only hindrance in getting out and enjoying the seasons.

Hiking in the fall with Blundstone and Zappos on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

Hiking in the fall with Blundstone and Zappos on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

What shoes are you planning to keep on hand this fall season for outdoor adventures? Do you have a favorite type of boot you always have around?

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Jacket from Bridge and Burn (Similar)
Sweater from Zady
Button down from Gap
Leggings from Zara
Shoes from Blundstone found on Zappos

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  1. Love these boot. I run a small RV Dealership and spend a ton of time outside in TN. I noticed on of the boots has a cutout of leather on one toe area and not the other. Any reason for that? i just started reading your blog and enjoy it. i too work alongside my husband (camping industry/camper sales).

  2. I found the boot and saw that it’s for riding a Ducati motorcycle. There are plenty of other variations that are similar where you don’t have to get that version with the extra leather for wearing out that spot because of the shifting. That’s what you are paying extra for KL (the other poster). Look on Zappos and you find the same kind for less $$ but same look and many color options/variations.

  3. I have two pairs of blunnies and they are amazing! Best boot you can buy. Try Wearing them with rolled up jeans and some stripEd socks. They look great on you and you will love them for the climate.