Taking off your boots at the end of the day is almost as good as putting them on in the morning. Even the most custom and comfortable ski boots are still hard plastic and that feeling you get when your toes are free to wiggle at the end of a long ski day–aaah, there's nothing quite like it. Treat your feet to some pampering and well-deserved après with these insulated winter boots.
Tecnica Moon Boot W.E. Duvet: A down jacket for your feet, Tecnica’s Moon Boot looks vaguely similar to something Neil Armstrong wore when he took one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind. Now, its your turn. Slide your feet into these babies and take one step further, because these come in a rainbow of colors, and as part of Tecnica’s West East Collection, they’re more form fitting than previous Moon Boots. Nearly knee high, the W.E. Duvet cinches closed at the top to keep snow out and to seal in warm air. The high polyester cuff is filled with goose feathers that wrap your toes with the coziness of a comforter. Inside, a removable, inch-thick, synthetic fur-covered footbed means that cold from the ground will never reach your feet. $200, tecnica.com
Crispi Leeds Ideal GTX: If work boot is more your style than moon boot, these greased water-repellent leather kicks will be your go-to for winter hiking and après brew. The inside is Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort Footwear Lining layered with a polyester/wool fabric for added warmth and comfort. The upper is leather reinforced underfoot before it’s welted to the antishock Vibram sole.
The insole is removable but we recommend you use it–your buddies will thank you. Air Mesh, felt and active carbon combine to give your sweaty feet excellent breathability. In other words, this is your boot if you want to keep perspiration and foot stink to a minimum. crispiusa.com
Chaco Belyn Baa: Take your favorite Chaco sandals minus the straps, slip them into an Ugg-like fuzzy upper, give it a little snowboard attitude and you’ve got yourself the Belyn Baa. With loads of arch support for tired feet, and an ice-gripping Vibram outsole, this suede boot will take you further than the parking lot. It’s nine inches tall with a full grain leather upper, full shearling lining, and a pigskin sockliner that molds to your foot like it was made for you. Seam taped to keep the wet out. $130, chacos.com.
Keen Incline Mid: If you're looking for a boot that feels lucious to slide on après ski and has enough stability underfoot to snowshoe up a 14'er or hike that sledding hill over and over, the Keen Incline Mid is it. Made with more than an inch of material underfoot, this waterproof, breathable boot wraps your feet in 200 grams insulation over a heat-reflective footbed. A midsole shank gives enough stability to carry a heavy pack, or a tired kid. Pull the Incline over your pant cuffs when you're going casual, or tuck the trim cuff out of sight and, voilà, you've got a leather shoe that almost passes for classy. Then, no one will ever suspect your "morning meeting" was on-piste. It's a one boot winter quiver. $140, keenfootwear.com.