In spring, we reach for shoes with a certain amount of ruggedness for sudden inclement weather that are still light enough not to interfere with road feel when driving.

Naturally, they also need to be damn good-looking.

Storied Norwegian brand Helly Hansen is best known for its outerwear and in particular sailing gear much prized by the world’s top yachtsmen, but lately it’s their foot gear that’s been catching our eye.

Case in point: these Skarven boots that more than meet our criteria above.

Made of lightweight, weather-repellent leather in natty nautical-inspired navy and yellow, they’re a great take on the classic hiking boot shape with some serious style and Norwegian know-how when it comes to outdoor action.

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The Ericsson Racing Team sports Helly footwear in the Volvo Ocean Race, if you won’t take our word for it.

The company’s heritage dates back to 1877, when after many years at sea, Norwegian captain Helly Juell Hansen began making oilskin jackets, trousers, sou’westers and tarpaulins from coarse linen soaked in linseed oil to withstand the elements.

One hundred and thirty-five years later, we’re still thanking him…