Long gone are the days of Moon Boots and après-ski footwear furry enough to double as twin shih tzus. Shoes for skiers in the ’00s are cool. And there are enough styles out there to satisfy the Imelda Marcos in you¿which is a good thing, since you may want a pair from each of these specialty categories.
Nutshell: You can thank the skate community for making you look so good. The latest trend: winterized models.
Wear Them: Gettin’ jiggy on the dance floor; looking hip while swilling beer.
Caution: True skate shoes are not constructed with snow¿or especially ice¿in mind.
Key Models: The water-resistant Gravis Factor ($80; shown here) has a decent tread and stretchy panels that make it easy to get on and off. Reef’s RB Cyklone ($50) is simply a sweet-looking shoe. You know K2 for skis; now the company has a whole line of stylie sneaks, including the cool-looking Reactor ($70).