The 6 Best Après Shoes of 2013

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Birkenstock Dundee Taupe Suede Après Shoes

“Birkenstocks? Really?” That was a common reaction to the Dundees. You get the comfy-as-ever moldable cork footbed minus the hippie visual cues. Careful on ice, though. These babies are a bit slick.

Olukai Mauna Lalo Après Shoes

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Leave it to Olukai, the island-inspired makers of our favorite water shoes, to reinvent the classic waffle stomper. It might be low-cut, but everything else about the Mauna Lalo is a study winter boot, from its grippy outsole to the insulated merino-wool liner to the water-resistant suede uppers.

Keen Santa Cruz Après Shoes

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A laid-back style and plaid liner combine to make the Santa Cruz the most coveted shoe we tested this year. The memory-foam footbed alone is worth the price of admission. Just be sure to treat the suede with something like ReviveX ($8). We didn’t, and now ours are stained.

Patagonia Maui Woolzy Fold Après Shoes

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There’s no shortage of clogs in shoe stores these days. But of the dozens we’ve tested over the years, the Woolzy is our favorite. It’s light and packable, and the step-down heel lets you slip it on in a hurry. The tweed wool upper is both warm and breathable. Plus, Patagonia figured out a way to make a cloggy shoe actually look cool.

Crispi Leeds Ideal GTX Après Shoes

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If you’re packing just one boot and you want it to do everything from snowshoeing to bar-hopping, the waterproof-breathable Leeds Ideal is the one. Wool-lined and Italian-made, with a classic stitched rand, it should stand up to seasons of abuse.

Chaco Holt Après Shoes

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The main reason so many people love their Chaco sandals: they fit and feel great. You get the same arch support and lateral stability here, just in a suede-and-canvas high-top sneaker. While the outsole isn’t very aggressive, it grips pretty well on snow and ice.

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