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High Leg Pilgrim Boots from AKU

You asked for it, so they built it. Italian brand AKU has been making some great militarized trekking shoes for many years now and about a year-and-a-half ago they teamed up with Trekkit Mountain Sports, an outdoor specialty shop in Hereford, UK to introduce the Pilgrim. Now, they’re offering up High Leg versions of the very popular Pilgrim.

High Leg Pilgrim from AKU

Based on the successful NS564 Bosco (despite assertions to the contrary, the 564 was not designed for the SEALs but rather an Army unit), the Pilgrim is designed to carry pack loads over 55lbs and incorporate several technologies. This includes an Internal Midsole System which uses an anatomically shaped 3D midsole that mimics the natural foot shape to increase support and minimize slippage. Above the IMS midsole is a 3mm layer of high density EVA which protects the user from loading forces particularly when carrying heavy packs. It also provides a layer of protective support for foot rather than it resting on a hard material. Below the IMS midsole is a thicker layer of 5mm (under the forefoot) and 17mm (under the heel) high density EVA which absorbs impact forces from the ground. The Pilgrim continues to integrate the AIR8000 upper materials found on the Bosco. The two styles are designated by Pilgrim DS for dry, hot climates and Pilgrim GTX for wet, temperate climates. The real change here is the High Leg 9″ upper, making them more palatable for wear with uniforms and to provide increased protection above the ankle.

Pilgrim HL Group


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8 Responses to “High Leg Pilgrim Boots from AKU”

  1. LC says:

    Im still waiting for the regular desert pilgrim to be sold in the US without being bombarded with insane shipping from the UK.

  2. JohnB says:

    I second that!

  3. Tackleberry says:

    Curious looking boot/construction. How do they tend to run size wise. Many of the European boots lean to the narrower side, even when getting wider widths; ie width tends to be as relative a term as ‘size’. Anyone have any experience with sizing on the brand/this line?

    • Dev says:


      I’ve been having a long good hard look at these since Platatac started stocking these Down Under, and having Hobbit Feet, it may or may not be a problem trying to size these.

      • BM says:

        Get em dude. They’re rad. Make sure you try the both on if you can the NS564 and Pilgrim run quite different to each other,

  4. Canadian says:

    Unfortunate that other than the black (which is goretex), the colours are not likely to be allowed in most units. Three different colours for each boot, and none of them are close to the colour of an issued boot in any Army I’ve seen. Unfortunate- they could likely have made a lot more money.

    • Canadian says:

      I should correct this- the individual colours themselves might be close to certain boots, but the fact that they don’t match each other is the problem.

  5. Paul R says:

    Went to purchase and they are gone from the Trekitt website. Maybe all bought up. Like others had hoped that there would be a US distributer.