On May 29, 1953, Tenzing Norgay, who was a ­Nepalese Sherpa and climbing companion of Sir Edmund Hillary, made his final march toward the planet’s highest peak, leaving a mark on mountaineering history — and distinctive footprints in his path. The custom boots he wore while summiting Mount Everest were unlike any the alpine sport had seen before, sporting an easy-to-adjust hook-lace system and a shell of reindeer fur for added warmth. An innovative inner sole, which relied more heavily on rubber than on the usual metal, provided greater insulation and helped fend off frostbite, even on the rooftop of the world. This spring, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first completed ascent of Everest,­ Bally, the Swiss company that fashioned Norgay’s unique footwear, is celebrating with a capsule collection, including three new men’s boots that rely on the most rugged trekking standards without compromising contemporary style. At the heart of the collection is the Vilmos boot. Inspired by the Reindeer-­Himalaya boots that Norgay wore, the Vilmos features marmot fur lined with warming cashmere and the same hassle-free hook-lace system for loosening or tightening the boots easily without removing your gloves. Each boot has a lightweight, injection-molded­ sole that combines modern comfort and performance with a re-engineered version of Bally’s nonslip grip, first patented in 1919.

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