Holiday Gift Guide 2019: The Best Men’s Winter Travel Footwear
By Everett Potter
Merrell Men’s Moab Adventure Chelsea Waterproof
It seems like everyone is coming out with a variation on the classic Chelsea boot this winter. What grabbed me about the Merrell Men’s Moab Adventure Chelsea Waterproof is that they are not only stylish and cool-looking but were built to defy the winter elements. Your run-of-the-mill Chelsea boots would be quickly compromised by the rain, sleet and slush that your travels may take you to this winter. These boots are like all-terrain vehicles, with full grain waterproof leather uppers and Merrell’s M Select™ DRY that seals out water and lets moisture escape so you stay dry. They’ve also got M Select™ WARM lightweight, which is low bulk 100 gram insulation to keeps you comfortable. Fleece lined, they has a Vibram® outsole for traction. Like virtually all Merrells, they’re instantly comfortable. $130.
Lowa Dublin III
The Bavarian boots made by Lowa are the king of the mountain when it comes to hiking boots. But their new Lowa Dublin III GTX QC model is designed for winter wear in the streets of Berlin, Boston or Bratislava. These Chukka boots have a soft, suede-like finish. But don’t let the good looks deceive you. These guys are also made with Gore-Tex, so the slush and the unexpected rain and sleet won’t really affect them or your feet. The rubber traction of the lugged soles, which they call Lowa Sneaker Winter, also means you’ll get a good grip on sidewalks, streets and even on your walk to through a ski village. After all, they sort of scream après ski, and for a night out in St. Anton or Whistler, you want footwear that’s warm and surefooted even if you’re not. These super warm winter sneakers, if you will, fit the bill. $195.