My thesis attempts to properly equip adventurous outdoor professionals and enthusiasts that need to traverse varying terrain in diverse climatic conditions without the need for multiple types of footwear. Users of my design will enjoy a more sustainable, affordable, safe, comfortable, and efficient footwear experience relative to the alternative of using a single compromising solution or an expensive and resource intensive cache of footwear options. In short, if a boot could take you anywhere, this is what I imagine it would look like. My interest in this topic and design decisions throughout the project were inspired by and modeled after the unique use case of Maryland herpetologists. Herpetologists are those that study reptiles and amphibians. Finding herpetofauna is no easy task, often requiring one to traverse mountains, wade through rivers, cross miles of trails, trudge through muck, and push through off trail environments in a single outing. I chose Maryland in particular because it serves as a microcosm of the rest of the United States, excluding deserts. This means that it has an extremely diverse set of environments (and the animals to go along with it) that make it as challenging as it is interesting- a perfect testbed for tailoring the ultimate adventure footwear solution. With my experience in the deserts of southern Arizona I also bring the one thing missing from that region through my own perspective. My final design can replace Hiking Boots, Wading Boots, Canyoneering Boots, Water Shoes, Mountain Boots, Ankle Gaiters, Knee-High Boots, Desert Boots, Walking Shoes, and more while providing a unique set of versatile features that elevate my design above any single existing option. The waterproofing portion of the boot is replaceable, swappable, and can dry externally. The materials of the main boot are designed to withstand chlorine decontamination washes and harsh rock. Conversion between use-cases can be accomplished in seconds, and the boot can be used with existing 3rd party accessories such as hip waders. I invite you to watch my product video below and discover how the Ectotherm adventure boots keep your feet firmly planted in whatever life throws at you. This was a branded project meant to expand upon the National Geographic x Eagle Creek adventure gear collaboration. You may learn more about that collaboration here: https://www.eaglecreek.com/landing/national-geographic.html You may view this project and more on my website here: https://danieljcarhuff.design/ Thank you and enjoy!