In 1953, Tenzing Norgay wore Bally fur hiking boots as he accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary to the top of Mount Everest. More than 50 years after the legendary pair first set foot on the world’s tallest mountain, Bally continues to produce high-quality hiking boots for today’s modern explorers. The Swiss brand recently collaborated with rapper J. Cole to unveil the J. Cole for Bally collection, an exclusive new line of hiking boots and backpacks for pioneers looking to blaze new trails.
J. Cole shared his vision for the items with Bally’s head designer, Pablo Coppola, who then designed sleek and sophisticated footwear and knapsacks for today’s modern man. The hip-hop recording artist found inspiration for the brand while living off the grid in Jamaica, where he worked with the producer BBGun Films to create a short film about the benefits of unplugging from technology.
The collection—now available in Bally stores and online—showcases hiking boots that are made from supple leather, suede, or python. The boots come in a rainbow of colors, including mustard, bone, moka, cherry, tan, caper, and gray. The sturdy, water-resistant backpacks come in black and caper. Boots range from $695 to $2,495, while backpacks range from $1,250 to $2,795. (bally.com)