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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: This category’s been around since the Swiss started walking in the Alps. These shoes have knobby soles, ankle coverage, and lots of support. Today, most hikers designed for ski season travel are waterproof, breathable, and otherwise teched out.
Wear Them: Hiking and snowshoeing on and off trail; plodding on snowpacked sidewalks.
Caution: They’re high on function, but not too swanky on the dance floor.
Key Models: Tecnica Cirrus Mid TCY ($125; shown here) is a waterproof-breathable nubuck leather hiker. For hiking and snowshoeing, Sorel’s Powderhound ($100; see page 109) is warm, waterproof, gaiter compatible, and has a killer tread. The waterproof Nordica ExoTrail High ($129) features Outlast temperature-regulating material, so your dogs won’t get too hot or too cold.