The best thing about coming down the mountain at the end of a hard day of riding-besides having a cold one or hot toddy, of course-is taking off your boots and putting on some comfy kicks. Your hands are cold, you can’t feel your fingers, and you’re balancing on one foot in the parking lot trying not to put the other one down in the wet, muddy mess, so the easier you can slip something on your feet, the better. Your toes have that end-of-the-day chill due to lack of circulation, so the shoes need to be warm and insulated to get your feet toasty and dry again. And when you’re walking around with your friends, that sole better have a good grip to keep you from falling on your ass. Finally, they best feel good. So here they are-this year’s latest and greatest after-snow shoes.
Suggested Retail Price: $95
Gravis has come up with a hassle-free, functional solution to the traditional bulky winter boot. The Cirque is a mid-cut, slip-on shoe possessing total wintertime functionality and convenience featuring a perimeter-support foot bed; a waterproof upper; all-terrain traction; and moisture-wicking, ribbed-wool lining for comfort and warmth.
The Cruel is another slip-on alternative, but it’s a true clog with no back. Its features include a nubuck upper, moisture-wicking fleece lining, a compression-molded midsole for extra comfort, and a rubber outsole with rugged tread pattern.
Salomon Snow Clog
The slip-on Snow Clog is constructed with split suede, Thinsulate fleece lining, and stretch paneling. The polyurethane midsole combined with the contagrip outsole creates a comfortable surface that firmly affixes your feet to slick, wintry surfaces. But don’t be fooled: this clog has a back to it, so it’s really more like a shoe.
Nike’s slip-on Ridgeback is constructed with a nubuck and neoprene upper for warmth and durability, a lightweight phylon midsole for cushioning and resistance to temperature change, and a low-profile outsole with multidirectional traction so you won’t slip.
L.L. Bean Slogg
The lightweight slip-on Slogg features a snow-cleat outsole for traction, Primaloft insulation for water-resistant warmth, and an internal sock system to provide a snug fit and seal out snow.
The Mesa was specifically developed as an after-snowboard shoe that’s great for hiking or skateboarding in as well. The polyurethane midsole with E-Bound heel cushion attached to the rubber outsole provides strong support while maintaining good flexibility. A durable rubber toe cap, lace-protecting loops, and water-resistant qualities are additional important features of this shoe.
Jim Rippey’s signature shoe, the RV-1, features a water-resistant outer with sealed and taped seams, rapid-lacing hardware and a lace lock at the top eyelet, and an airbag-cushioning unit with Reef’s custom ARC system.
The Equinox’s major features include a waterproof full-grain leather and nubuck upper for abrasion resistance and durability, a thermoplastic rubber toe cap and heelcup, a ripstop tongue with internal gussets to keep out water and debris, and protective riveted-steel lace loops. Also, an ultralight EVA polyurethane midsole provides cushioning, and a triple-tone bottom made with high-abrasion sticky gum rubber creates excellent ground contact, wear, and flex.
Vans Mojave Lo
The Mojave includes a waterproof nubuck and mesh upper, a molded and buffed rubber-tooe rand, a molded EVA insert and midsole, and a gussetted mesh tongue. The high-traction rubber outsole features interior ascending and descending lugs, a medial-schmeering zone, and a tuned-nylon shank.