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The Best Après Shoes of 2016

The Best Après Shoes of 2016

It's a true testament to the wonders of technology that you can own a shoe that looks street-smart but feels like a winter hiker. And you have plenty of options, but these six classy kicks made the cut for us.

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Timberland Heston Mid

The Heston’s rich oxblood-mahogany hue is a subtle way to stand out at any post-ski watering hole. But this boot is hardly a style piece, with waterproof leather and a Gore-Tex bootie to protect your feet from parking-lot slush, plus a Pendleton wool collar to keep you toasty. 

Price $170

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SeaVees Army Issue High

If canvas high-tops are classic, then SeaVees’ Army Issue sneaker is luxe. It’s also damn useful after skiing. The oiled-suede upper repels snow while adding a hint of sophistication, the bamboo-canvas footbed reduces stink, and the gum-rubber outsole adds grip on sidewalks. 

Price $138

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Sorel Cheyanne

Sorel took the classic duck boot and slimmed it down without gutting it. Treated leather and sealed seams prevent water from seeping in, while the herringbone-patterned rubber outsole keeps you upright on slick cement. Plus, the seven ounces of synthetic insulation in the body are rated to minus 25 degrees, so you won’t risk frostbite. 

Price $135

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OluKai Moloa

After a long day in ski boots, no man should have to wedge his feet into something uncomfortable. Thankfully, the Moloa slipper’s drop heel makes slip-ping it on a cinch. The shearling liner and merino-covered footbed are plush against bare skin, perfect for a relaxed evening in front of a roaring fire. Bonus: the hand-sewn nubuck leather upper only gets cozier with wear. 

Price $120

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Adidas Outdoor Satellize

Think of Adidas’s Satellize as a reverse mullet: party up top, business in the back. The stretchy upper is reminiscent of your favorite broken-in sweatpants, the cushy midsole is as soft as a running shoe’s, and the outsole is robust enough for short hikes. Take the good-looking high-top strutting on moonlit walks (or, better yet, do the moonwalk). 

Price $100

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Chrome Industries 503 Combat 

The 2014 snowpocalypse proved that winter can be war. Prepare for battle with Chrome’s Combat boot. The knobby rubber tread sticks to slippery surfaces, and the tough Cordura upper means the Combat will probably outlast any other footwear you own. Bonus: bright reflective hits on the heel keep you visible on the way to the pub. 

Price $170

The Best Sunglasses of 2016

The best new sunglasses are so high tech they basically give you super vision. Behold their color- and face-enhancing powers.   Photo: Sunski Sunski Dipseas  This metrosexy number turns up the style dial with delicious frame colors like the tortoise pictured. The outlook is cool and clear through polarized emerald lenses that are better than you’d expect at this price, though they don’t give enough coverage for hardcore outdoorsiness. Big-headed guys only wish they could wear ’em, because the design’s medium-smallish. Price $55   Photo: Under Armour Under Armour Captain  Ahoy. And huzzah. Normcore is dead—even, at last, in sunglasses designed for boating. UA builds

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The Après Tailgating Essentials of 2016

Because you can do better than ketchup and crackers.   Photo: Zippo Zippo All-Terrain grill  With an easy-to-set-up folding frame, rugged rubber-coated wheels, and 1.9 square feet of cooking space, the All-Terrain is your instant party starter. With a durable aluminum body and heavy-duty grate, it’ll last for years. And it works just as well at campsites come summer.  Price $300   Photo: Cascade Designs Therm-a-Rest Treo chair  A camp chair is not an unnecessary luxury in the parking lot—it’s a throne you’ve earned with a day of hard charging. And this one is too easy not to pack: it’s smaller than a bottle

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The Best Watches of 2016

A watch isn't always just a watch. Sometimes it's a GPS, flashlight, tachymeter, or survival tool. Sometimes it's all those things in one. So whether you're just looking to tell the time or whether you want a do-it-all timepiece that can tell you when to surf, we've got a model for you.     Photo: Aulta Aulta Leeway Nylon   Newcomer Aulta was hatched by industry vets with a love of surfing. The Leeway has a Japanese quartz movement and a tough 316-L steel case, and survives plunges down to 328 feet. It makes us want to drive our woody up onto the dunes and

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The Best Women’s Après Gear of 2016

Don't blend in by the fireside. All you need are some Bolivian alpaca socks, a go-anywhere espresso kit, and some choice plaid to stand out whether you're cruising Salt Lake City or Truckee.     Photo: Woolrich Woolrich Giant Buffalo Wool coat  Lumberjack shirts are the de facto uniform of mountain-town dudes. Woolrich gives the look an urban upgrade for women with its Giant Buffalo coat, made from a wool-nylon blend to keep you warm on the streets Vail at night.  Price $350   Photo: United by Blue United by Blue Murray Plaid dress  We like flannel for its unbeatable next-to-skin feel, and we like dresses

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