CQP’s hiking boots are made to survive harsh Swedish winters

Swedish footwear brand CQP’s hardwearing, handcrafted boots will withstand even the most biting of winter conditions

CQP’s A/W 2023 collection
(Image credit: Courtesy of CQP)

To withstand a Swedish winter is a mark of hardiness – whether days enveloped in near-endless darkness, piles of snow and slicks of ice, or temperatures which dip sub-zero. 

Step in CQP, a Swedish footwear brand founded in 2013, whose latest collection – aptly titled ’Terrain’ – is designed to withstand the ‘rugged’ winters of its native country, re-introducing two styles, the ‘Saxum’ (a Latin term meaning stone, rock, or boulder) and the ‘Scander’ (another Latin term which means ’to chant’).

CQP’s winter-ready footwear

CQP a/w 2023 collection

CQP’s ‘Saxum’ boots

(Image credit: Courtesy of CQP)

For A/W 2023, the two styles – both previously released in alternative colourways – draw inspiration from the traditional walking boot. The ‘Saxum’ is perhaps the more classic of the duo, its shape reminiscent of hiking boots of the 1940s and 1950s, here updated with a protective rubber panel around the base (for those in drizzly locales, the panel is the perfect height for staying dry while traversing puddle-strewn pavements).

Also featuring a calf-leather lining and innovative thermal insulation – all boots this season are installed with PrimaLoft Gold insulation, a synthetic material featuring millions of pockets of air to trap body heat – the ‘Saxum’ will come this season in new shades of lilac and mustard. The distinct hues are derived from vintage 1970s skiwear.

The ‘Scander’, meanwhile, is a more contemporary technical boot featuring a high-tech rubber sole from Italy-based producer Vibram (this particular shoe features Vibram’s ‘RollinGait’ technology, which is made for steadying the foot on uneven ground). Crafted from a combination of Italian suede and mesh with layers of cushioning and insulation, it is re-released in classic black, olive green and chocolate brown, now with contrasting striped laces unique to each colour.

CQP boots

CQP’s ‘Scander’ boots

(Image credit: Courtesy of CQP)

As is definitive of CQP’s output – which also spans sneakers, shoes, and more formal boots – each pair is handcrafted by artisans just outside of Porto, Portugal (quality, attention to detail and longevity are the brand’s pillars). Each pair is hand-tested for comfort and durability, with pieces subtly reworked season-on-season for effectiveness. Others take years from conception to appearing on shelves.

The designs themselves eschew ephemeral trends in the search for something more timeless; the result is hardy, time-honed footwear, which is built to last.


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Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*, joining the team in 2022. Having previously been the digital features editor at AnOther and digital editor at 10 and 10 Men magazines, he has also contributed to titles including i-D, Dazed, 10 Magazine, Mr Porter’s The Journal and more, while also featuring in Dazed: 32 Years Confused: The Covers, published by Rizzoli. He is particularly interested in the moments when fashion intersects with other creative disciplines – notably art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and reporting from international fashion weeks. Across his career, he has interviewed the fashion industry’s leading figures, including Rick Owens, Pieter Mulier, Jonathan Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner, Christian Lacroix, Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.