The Best Après Shoes of 2019
Six winterized options for when the lifts stop spinning
Timberland Bardstown Plain Toe Oxford ($285)
Weather be damned, some situations call for a dress shoe. When the occasion obliges, we reach for the Bardstown, which has a just-right lugged-rubber outsole to prevent a neck-breaking fall on black ice. As far as we’re concerned, it’s the only oxford appropriate for winter.
Sanuk Puff N Chill ($80)
Based on a popular summertime staple—Sanuk’s Sidewalk Surfer—the Puff N Chill is beefed up for winter wear with a faux-shearling liner, a puffy-like upper, and mid-top height. The sawtooth outsole was stable enough, but we recommend taking these beyond the lodge bar only in tame weather and on brief errands.
Vans UltraRange Hi Dx Zpr ($130)
Vans could easily rest on the laurels of its classic shoe designs, but over the past three years it has carved out a niche for itself in trail and travel footwear with the UltraRange line. Its latest, the Hi Dx Zpr, pairs heritage good looks with a gusseted tongue, an aggressively lugged outsole, and a waterproof zipper for blocking slush.
Danner Raptor 650 ($240)
A company with no shortage of three-season clout, Danner pleasantly surprised us with the winterized Raptor, adapted from its airy Explorer 650 hiker. Insulated with 400-gram PrimaLoft and a fleece-lined upper, the boot is further sealed from the elements by waterproof leather.
Wolverine 1000 Mile Arctic ($425)
The Michigan-made 1000 Mile line has been a standard since the 1910s. This year’s Arctic boot trades the general-issue smooth sole for Vibram, then adds a waterproof Gore-Tex liner and treated leather (though you’ll want to wear thick socks, as it’s light on insulation). An already legendary boot gets a winter makeover.
Toms Venice Collection Alpargata ($70)
A tonic for ski-boot-weary feet, the quilted, faux-shearling-lined upper of the Alpargata is just what we want after a long day on the mountain with cramped toes. Our go-to house slipper may never leave the chalet, but a patterned mid-and-outsole combo lends it just enough traction while weighing next to nothing.