Finisterre’s a brand that’s been staunchly rigid in its integrity.
A relative newcomer to the outdoor/surf/adventure scene (2003), they’ve managed to carve themselves a space separate to brands like Patagonia, by sticking to their British roots. Because they’re a product of the UK, they’ve focused on that as an integral part of their DNA—clean, practical outdoor gear that’s built for a weather-beaten isle in the middle of the Atlantic, all with a sustainable bent. They make no-frills wetsuits built to last in frigid waters, and endorse surfers like Irishman Fergal Smith, whose eco-friendly lifestyle fits perfectly with what they’re all about.
The reason we’re here today is that the British brand has released a limited collab with Vans, putting their own spin on a couple of classic silhouettes. The Authentic’s been given the great outdoors makeover: the canvas is water repellant, the famous Vans waffle sole’s been turned inside out for extra grip, and the laces are reflective—lest one gets lost in the fog.
The Chukka’s the real showpiece of this drop. They’ve added a melton sheepskin panel to the inside of the top of the shoe, and the rest of the inner is sherpa fleece. And, the soles are heat-reflective. Would I perambulate around the city in these? No. But for winter camping and the inevitable endless surf checking that involves bitter mornings of walking up and down damp tracks, these would be beyond perfect.