Copy These Women’s Hiking Boots Fits For Gorpcore Gone Glam

Copy These Women’s Hiking Boot Fits to Nail the Gorpcore Fashion Trend
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The new (again) Gorpcore fashion trend is back! And while it might seem sporty and casual, it can also be styled in a glamorous way.

But I’ve gotten ahead of myself.

First, what exactly is Gorpcore?

Gorpcore, so named after the trail mix that’s popular among hikers called GORP (or Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts), is all about tapping into the utilitarian vibes of a classic hiking outfit. This aesthetic is all about wearing the pieces you would if you were going for a hike, but styling them in an intentional and fashionable way.

For Gorpcore clothing, think cargo pants, leggings, colorful jackets, and brightly-colored fleeces.

Gorpcore shoes might include vegan hiking boots, mountain shoes, trekking sandals (think Tevas with thick socks), or cute ugly dad sneakers (the sportier the better). 

While it’s possible to go full-on Gorpcore style, you can also interpret this aesthetic with a less is more approach by focusing your fit around a single Gorpcore item.

This could be a sporty rain jacket, a cozy and colorful fleece, or a stylish pair of vegan hikers (as you’ll see some inspiration for below). 🥾

Here are some unconventional Gorpcore outfit mashups to give you some creative fit ideas to make this trending ‘core your own.

Gorpcore Meets Vintagecore | Hiking Boots + Vintage Maxi Skirt Set + Chunky Cardigan + Pillow Clutch

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Don’t be afraid to mix your casual vegan hikers with some vintagecore pieces from your closet.

At first thought, you might imagine hiking boots are a bit out of place when styled with a two-piece skirt set, but pretend they’re a black sneaker or high-top trainers. And neither of which you should think twice about pairing with a maxi skirt.

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Styling walking boots in this uncommon way serves to offset the vintagey vibes of this fit and gives it a modern spin.

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Gorpcore loves layers, so pile on a chunky grandma cardie or colorful rain jacket (or even try layering one on top of your knitwear).

Finish your fit off with romantic accessories like silver hoops, a vintage watch, aviator shades, and a pillow clutch and you’re ready for a first date or brunch with the girls.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS –

HIKING BOOTS | Will’s Vegan Store

CARDIGAN | Jan ’n June (use discount code HARMFREEFASHION5 for 5% off)

PURSE | THEMOIRè

SUNGLASSES | Escada

VINTAGE WATCH | Rolex

Gorpcore Meets Cottagecore | Hiking Boots + Lacy Dress + Grandma Cardigan + Basket Purse

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Cottagecore and coquette pieces pair surprisingly well with a tough pair of hiking boots, so break out your girly dresses, grandma knits, shirts with oversized collars, and basket bags to bring this aesthetic mix to life.

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To achieve this mashup, mix two parts cottagecore (think lacy dresses, outsized collars, wicker purses, balloon sleeves, and dainty jewelry) with one part Gorpcore (think outdoor boots, chunky socks, and thermal leggings). 

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Wear this Gorpcore look for a picnic in the park or a stroll in the city.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS –

HIKING BOOTS | Will’s Vegan Store

CHUNKY SOCKS | Thunders Love

CARDIGAN | Jan ’n June (use discount code HARMFREEFASHION5 for 5% off)

SUNGLASSES | Carrera

VINTAGE WATCH | Rolex

Gorpcore Chloé Style | Hiking Boots + Chunky Socks + Teddy Coat + Schoolboy Bag

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The Chloé AW 22/23 runway show demonstrated how trekking boots could be styled in a chic way by effortlessly pairing them with knit pants, skirts, dresses, and a teddy bear coat.

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Glam up your Gorpcore outfit (so it’s ready to go out out) by styling it with an elegantly voluminous teddy coat, a la Chloé.

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The addition of a belted fur-free teddy jacket brings some old Hollywood vibes and makes this Gorp OOTD perfect for a night at the cinema or drinks with friends.

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– OUTFIT DETAILS –

HIKING BOOTS | Will’s Vegan Store

CHUNKY SOCKS | Thunders Love

TEDDY COAT | Will’s Vegan Store

BELT | Peta + Jain (current styles by Peta + Jain)

SATCHEL BAG | Will’s Vegan Store

SUNGLASSES | Georgio Armani (similar by Georgio Armani

VINTAGE WATCH | Rolex

Full Gorpcore Fit | Hiking Boots + Tracksuit + Long Puffer Gilet + Luxury Purse

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Style your long puffer gilet with a vibrant tracksuit to channel Gorpcore street style like an off-duty supermodel.

The Gorpcore aesthetic doesn’t get any more comfy and cozy than this, while still remaining glamorous.

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Mountain boots are a welcome yet unexpected twist and a designer purse says “no look is ever too casual for a luxury pocketbook.”

If wearing a tracksuit out of the house is too underdressed for your style, a designer bag is an easy way to glam up your look.

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This Gorpcore fit is perfect for traveling or a long day spent hitting the shops (thrift or otherwise).

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– OUTFIT DETAILS –

HIKING BOOTS | Will’s Vegan Store

LONG PUFFER GILET | Save the Duck

TRACKSUIT | Pangaia

PURSE | Stella McCartney (current styles by Stella McCartney)

Final Thoughts

Now that you’ve seen what a fashionable pair of hikers are capable of, you might be wondering where to find such a stylish vegan pair to create your own Gorpcore outfits.

If that’s the case, you have to check out my guide of 9+ Cute Vegan Hiking Boots | Best Styles for Fashion Lovers in 2023.

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FAQs

What types of clothing are Gorpcore?

When thinking about Gorpcore clothing, focus on what you would wear if you were going hiking. This might include thermal leggings, fleeces, rain jackets, cargo pants, and thick socks.

What types of pants are Gorpcore?

Gorpcore pants include cargo pants and thermal leggings. The more utilitarian the style the better.

What styles of boots are Gorpcore?

My go-to boot style for the Gorpcore fashion trend are hiking boots. These Gorpcore boots super versatile, comfortable, and stylish. Check out Will’s Vegan Store for some great vegan hiking boot styles.

What styles of shoes are Gorpcore?

Gorpcore shoes include hiking boots, mountain shoes, trail runners, trekking sandals (worn with thick socks), or dad shoes (the sportier the better).

What types of jackets are Gorpcore?

Gorpcore jackets can be a rain jacket, lightweight shell jacket, fleece jacket, puffer vest, or a thin puffer jacket. The more colorful the better. Check out the options at Arc’teryk and Patagonia, but note that both brands carry wool and down jackets.

What are some Gorpcore brands?

The most popular Gorpcore brands include Arc’teryk, Patagonia, and The North Face. You might also check out the lesser known Norwegian brand Norrøna. Note that these brands carry wool, down, and leather items.

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