When it comes to walking around in a ski town, winter boots are an absolute necessity. They are to your ski outfit what après ski is to your ski day. That is to say that neither exists without the other. You put your boots on going to the mountain in the morning. Then, at the end of the ski day, you slide right back into them to give your feet the relief they need before heading to the bar.
Transitioning from your ski boots to your après ski boots is easy but choosing the right ones can be a challenge. Not all winter boots are created equal. When choosing the perfect après ski boot, you will certainly want a pair that is both fashion and function. Nobody is interested in stomping around the bar like they are wearing cinder blocks on their feet. That said, here are our five best après ski boots guaranteed to take you from trail to town with purpose, grace and style.
Our Five Best Après Ski Boots
1. Forsake Banks Low - $120
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When it comes to "Sneakerboots" (yes, that's a thing) nobody does it better than Forsake. The new Banks are a perfect example. They are a redesigned model of their original low-top sneaker boot. Well crafted the new Banks has an old-school look to it with plenty of modern upgrades.
Waterproof grade full grain leather combined with canvas/mesh makes for a comfortable, lightweight, and breathable shoe. While Forsake's trademark Peak to Pavement outsole gives you the grip you need whether you're trudging to and from the car or dancing around at the bar. If low tops are your jam the The Banks is at the top of its class.
2. Senger Co. Scout - $120
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The people at Senger Co. set out to create the perfect après ski boot. Drawing inspiration from the après ski boots of the 70s and 80s they designed a shoe that is both function and fashion.
The all-leather upper is water-resistant while the toe and heel caps are reinforced to, not only, withstand water but prevent the wear and tear that the mountains bring with them. The fur-lined interior is warm and crazy comfortable too and the Velcro lacing system gives the Scout a retro Kangaroos look and is easy to secure with gloves on.
What really sets the Scout apart is their look. With a Uggs meets Vans meets KangaROOS style, their is just nothing on the market like them. That said, there is no doubt that by rocking these you are sure to stand out wherever you may roam.
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3. Danner Free Spirit - $200
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Old school looks with new school technology define the Danner Free Spirit. Back in the '80s, going from trail to town was commonplace. So the boots they made boots were a bit more fashion over function. Then, for a good period, hiking boots became quite the opposite. Bulky, rugged, and not too aesthetically pleasing.
The new Free Spirit is the best of both worlds. Featuring what can only be considered the gold standard when it comes to waterproofing, Gore-Tex, your feet are guaranteed to stay warm and dry no matter what the conditions. Danner's custom-made Vibram outsole will give you traction on almost any surface. This will come in handy when walking through, what could be, sloppy mountain town conditions to the bar where these beauties' good looks are sure to stand out.
4. Bogs Arcata Urban Lace - $160
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Bogs originated in Oregon. If you don't already know, it can be pretty cold and wet there. Bogs, however, wanted to make sure that, despite these conditions, your feet stayed dry and warm. They have, therefore, dedicated themselves to crafting the ultimate boot for the outdoors.
The Arcata Urban Lace is a step away from their farming and lumberjack roots and into the world of chic winter boots. Keeping with Bogs tradition, these bad boys are 100% waterproof and will keep your feet as dry as the Sahara. Their plush insulated lining is cozy and warm while taking the element of comfort to another level.
Where the Urban Lace really breaks from Bogs tradition, in a good way, is their appearance. Their military meets a waterproof Doc Martens style elevates them from just any old outdoor winter boots to a formidable après ski boot.
5. Deckers X-Lab Ko-Z SNPR - $120
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Après Ski boots don't always have to be rugged and waterproof. Sometimes you just need a comfortable slipper to slide into. Deckers X-Lab KO-Z SNPR offers a unique perspective on your après ski footwear. By incorporating elements of your coziest slippers into your favorite pair of sneakers, they have created an unrivaled level of relaxation for your feet.
With no laces to speak of, slide right into the comfort of the soft looped wool interior that keeps your feet at the perfect temperature no matter what the weather. Comfort like this ultimately enables your feet to recover from their tough day in the bricks we call ski boots. They also happen to look really cool thanks to the brushed sheepskin cow suede exterior.
Are they for trudging to the bar in the snow? Nah! But, if you are looking for comfort, recovery and a little bit of performance the Ko-Z SNPR is an excellent choice.
The Best Après Ski Boots Deserves Ski Clothes Their Equal
Shoes may make the outfit, but you can't go running around a mountain town with nothing on up top. Not only will you get a few weird looks, but you also might get a little chilly. Top off your mountain chic look with our Après Ski Fleece Sweatshirt. The soft fleece interior is comfortable and warm while the crewneck cut is the classic style you are looking for to match whatever après ski boot you choose.