The Best Shoes of 2020
Comfort and style as you go from lift lines to bar limes
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Birkenstock Tokyo Teddy Shearling ($220)
After a day on the slopes crammed into boots that “fit,” sliding your aching feet into these feels like a spa treatment. The wool-lined forefoot is roomy, and the aged-leather upper looks right at home when you’re sitting by the fire with hot toddy in hand.
Vans City TRL ($110)
This is the footwear equivalent of Corbet’s Couloir: strictly for the confident and daring. The overbuilt rubber outsole is a mash of cross-hatching and rubber nubs, while suede overlays stack atop still more overlays. An aggressive external heel counter wraps to the midfoot. Experts only.
OluKai Nalukai ($140)
Leather boots typically foster sweat and stink, but the Nalukai keeps both at bay with its moisture-wicking, antimicrobial liner. Outside, a full-grain leather upper channels classic mountain-town aesthetics. We loved the podlike design of the outsole, which adds traction without weighing you down.
Merrell Ontario x SK Wax ($160)
From its home in the Midwest, hatmaker Stormy Kromer has been shielding the noggins of outdoor enthusiasts for over a century. Merrell’s collaboration, the Ontario x SK Wax, makes good use of this expertise with a paraffin-treated cotton upper and flannel lining. The Vibram Megagrip outsole and reinforced leather accents make this vintage-inspired hiker even more winter-ready.
Chaco Dixon High ($165)
Is the Dixon a running shoe? The EVA-foam cushion and wave-patterned rubber outsole would indicate so. Surely it’s a boot, though, with waterproof leather rising up past the ankle to seal out winter drafts. However you choose to categorize it, this Franken-footwear was made for the mountains.
Wolverine 1000 Mile Original Sneaker ($285)
A variation on Wolverine’s über-popular 1000 Mile Boot, this mid-top sneaker is made from waterproof Horween leather and has a flexible Vibram outsole that will help you arrive at the bar without looking like you traversed a glacier to get there.