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The Toughest Men’s Footwear Leads With Technology And Flexibility In 2021

In-store shopping returning

After a long- period of making digital purchases, I am happy to report that in-store shopping is back with a vengeance.

More than half (54%) of people overall — and 70% of Gen Z consumers — plan to do most of their holiday shopping in-store this season. Whereas, perhaps surprisingly, 54% of baby boomers anticipate doing most of their shopping online. Source: Accenture’s Holiday Shopping Survey.

Mens Footwear:

The durability of a good shoe depends not only on the quality of materials being used but rather the expertise of the shoemaker. A new line of genderless codes are being developed infused with the spirit of permanence.

When it comes to buying new shoes, there are few things more important than the price. For example, you’ll want to look for features such as comfort, lightweight performance and of course; style. For instance, a well-designed construction makes shoes exceptionally durable especially when a vulcanized construction is at hand.

Mens footwear has been re-evaluated and refined while conveying a sense of belonging to the discerning community that shares its values. These new shoes have style that is the perfect to take on the outdoors— made for trail running and hiking it is still great for everyday wear and its unique look is sure to stand out. Take Ariat for example: Ariat’s patented ATS technology that provides flexibility and cushioning, combined with stability and all-day comfort makes it the ideal choice for any type of working condition (construction, factory warehouse, etc.), while still being refined enough to wear to dinner later. Even American heritage brand Birkenstock developed The Deep Blue Collection that represents an innovative new direction that is thoughtfully crafted with their heritage of foot health at its core. They started with the orthopedic benefits of the legendary Blue Footbed arch support system and crafted a fresh footwear collection that delivers unmatched Birkenstock comfort.

Materials:

When it comes to materials, I’d like to highlight the importance of principles of permanence. In short, product offerings are largely expressed through the heritage materials A key trend is performance developed as never seen before styles-activated through the elevation of lining materials while maintaining form and signature and distinctive shapes. Leather offers durability over time because it won’t crack or peel. I am especially enthusiastic about the fresh new overlays and reinforcements that can help boost durability.

Here, my team and I have selected what I believe it the best of the best footwear that is comfortable, sustainable and most of all; works hard for you.

ALDO: 

ALDO-An exclusive, premium collection of finely crafted footwear for the discerning gentleman, inspired by ALDO’s founder, Mr. B. Stay stylish all winter long in elevated staples. $185

Allbirds:

Allbirds– Allbirds has expanded its footwear collection with the new Trail Runner SWT: a gritty trail running shoe powered by the natural performance properties of Sugar, Wool, and Tree. This new shoe style is the perfect shoe to take on the outdoors. While the style is made for trail running and hiking it is still great for everyday wear and its unique look is sure to stand out. The style is incredibly comfortable and easy to wear and its additional technical features make it the best for all your fitness activities. $138

Allen Edmonds: 

Allen Edmonds One of Allen Edmonds’ best-selling boots, the Higgins Mill Weatherproof Boot with a lug sole style, is weather ready for the fall and winter seasons. Purposefully designed with waterproof leather and a full waterproof membrane, this style is best suited for rain, snow, and exceptional everyday styling. The lace-up boot will keep you dry in the most challenging conditions without compromising on comfort. $445 

Ariat: 

Ariat-This sleek, lightweight work boot is the perfect option as we head into the colder, wetter months. Ariat’s patented ATS technology that provides flexibility and cushioning, combined with stability and all-day comfort makes it the ideal choice for any type of working condition (construction, factory warehouse, etc.), while still being refined enough to wear to dinner later. Not to mention, the Turbo Chelsea boot is armed with a Carbon Toe and waterproofing technology that gives the boot a lightweight feel and water wicking capabilities. $155 

Athletic Propulsion Labs:

Athletic Propulsion Labs– The Streamline is APL’s purest, most purpose built running shoe to date; achieving superior comfort, cushioning, and speed. Created with a completely new midsole and outsole featuring APL’s signature FutureFoam, these shoes provide exceptional compression, rebound, and energy return. $300 

Birkenstock:

Birkenstock-The Deep Blue Collection has two styles Honnef Low and Honnef High. This is the ultimate walking shoe built to last long hours. The Deep Blue Collection represents an innovative new direction that is thoughtfully crafted with their heritage of foot health at its core. They started with the orthopedic benefits of the legendary Blue Footbed arch support system and crafted a fresh footwear collection that delivers unmatched Birkenstock comfort. This arch support is an innovative technology from Birkenstock that allows one to walk for hours. Honnef Low – $220. Honnef High – $240.

Boot Barn: 

Boot Barn-Handcrafted with premium full-grain leather and engineered with advanced comfort technology. $189.99

BRUNT Workwear: 

BRUNT Workwear-Combining a classic time-honored look and high-quality durable construction, this boot is designed to keep you protected from the rigors of any environment. $135  

Converse:

Converse-The perfect “mismatched” pairing comes in the form of these high-top paneled canvas and brushed felt sneakers, colorblocked in off-white and tones of grey. $130 

Daniel Patrick: 

Daniel Patrick-The style driven collection offers a timeless take on essentials, like the Velcro Panel Runner sneakers. They are the perfect piece for someone who love a transitional wardrobe that never goes out of style. With Daniel Patrick’s sneakers, you are guaranteed quality and timeless athletic wear to ensure you stand out on the court or while casually walking around the streets of your favorite buzzy city. $320 

Dr. Martens 

Dr. Martens—Gaining an international profile for their effortless curation of premium streetwear since their founding in 2006, Haven has gained a name as one of Canada’s first streetwear stores, as well as for tireless representing Canadian culture. The Dr. Martens MIE 1461 Haven reflects Haven’s sensibilities – high-end and practical at the same time – with a reimagining of Dr. Martens’ premium MIE shoe, expertly crafted in Dr. Martens’ original Wollaston factory from C. F. Stead leather. Haven’s expert design sense and shines through in the 1461 Haven’s full-grain leather guard, stacked BEN outsole, black hex eyelets and tonal welt stitching.$280 

Dr. Scholl’s Shoes: 

Dr. Scholl’s Shoes– The Syndicate Chukka Boot is sleek, versatile and sporty in design. Sustainably crafted, it features linings and topcloth made from recycled bottles and faux leather. For ultimate comfort, the chukka also features Insole Technology with anatomical cushioning. $90 

Emu: 

Emu—Made from soft and luxurious, natural Australian sheepskin, the men’s Platinum Ashford is a comfortable men’s slipper that can be worn inside and out. Made in Australia, the snug slim fit will keep feet warm all winter long, while the cushioning insole offers comfort and a durable rubber out sole provides traction and grip. $90

ept: 

ept -Born in Seoul, South Korea, ept collections are crafted to embody the progression of footwear design and technology. ept is an experiment in the re-creation of a minimal, yet uniquely distinct silhouette accompanied by a unique Ortholite sole cushion. Founded by Jai Baek – previously of DC Skate HUF skateboards and Creative Recreation. All styles are designed to provide an ultra-comfortable fit thanks to the use of the advanced rubber cushion foam, which is signature to the label. While the ept core offering remains true to minimal silhouettes ideal for everyday wear, the brand celebrates flexibility and progression in design, with new releases and collaborative projects unveiled that express the identity of a new generation. $130 

Florsheim: 

Florsheim– Florsheim Norwalk Plain Toe Lace Up Boots are the perfect pair of boots for this fall and upcoming winter, with their comfortability and relaxed appearance. This style features a fully-cushioned footbed, durable rubber sole, and side zipper deeming them a must-have for an easy on-again off-again fit. Florsheim’s new boots truly have the ideal combination of features to provide you endless comfort all season long! $130 

Freedom Moses: 

Freedom Moses-This shoe is the perfect versatile shoe for men. Going to shower after the gym? Slip them on. Hanging around the house? Slip them on.  Waterproof, hand washable and cozy, Freedom Moses slides are perfect for making dinner on your feet, getting into messy crafts with kids, taking out the trash, or just hanging out! Throw on some socks and make them cool and comfy! $50 

Gola: 

Gola-The Gola Classics Men’s Boston ‘78 Sneakers are a must-have minimalistic sneaker for the fall and upcoming winter season. Combining Gola’s original timeless 1978 style with a twist of clean lines and functionality, what more could you want? The Boston’s featured nylon and suede upper and rubber sole make them the chic and stylish for everyday wear. $90

HOKA: 

HOKA—The latest in the award-winning Clifton franchise, the Clifton 8 continues to deliver the perfect combination of soft and light. Crafted with a lighter, more responsive midsole and the same ride characteristics, the Clifton 8 features a streamlined silhouette and updated upper made from engineered mesh. $130 

Indian Motorcycle: 

Indian Motorcycle—America’s First Motorcycle Company continues to move the industry forward by providing all riders with the perfect gear for the cold riding season. From headwear, to shirts and jackets, to boots, the Indian Motorcycle Fall and Winter Apparel has adventure seekers covered from head to toe. This Collection was made to keep riders both warm and stylish while on the roads. $219.99

Italic: 

Italic-Made from superior Portuguese craftsmanship and luxury-grade materials straight from Italy, this durable, minimalist sneaker is as comfortable as it is trendsetting. Strobel construction makes it fit like a glove. Perfect for all-day wear.$75

JOHN GEIGER: 

JOHN GEIGER-There’s nothing like breaking out a fresh pair of all-white sneakers when you need your footwear to match with whatever outfit you put together. John Geiger knows the importance of the all-white sneaker. The new GF-01 ‘All-White Pebbled Leather’ silhouette consists of intriguing materials and details. Its upper is wrapped in white calf pebbled leather, harnessing both quality and durability. It doesn’t stop there as it’s enriched with the brands ‘g’ logo and a pink ‘JG’ embroidered heel tab. The upper is then sealed with crisp white laces and the addition of our signature black-and-white laces along with matching pink laces to provide the perfect lace combo for any outfit. To round out the shoe, we meticulously developed our very own outsole that’s plastered with a pattern of our JG logo. The insole sees the same treatment with an original JG pattern. $195

Kane Footwear: 

Kane Footwear– Kane’s Revive recovery slip-on is a perfect for fitness-minded guys and gym rats. It’s built with a renewable sugarcane-based foam and was designed in collaboration with a sports podiatrist to make a recovery shoe that feels good to wear and buy. Nodes on the sole of the shoe help to stimulate your feet and 31mm of cushioning below your feet make it feel like you’re walking on air. $70

Lusso Cloud: 

Lusso Cloud-Whether it’s slovenly shuffling at home to french press a morning cup of coffee, or descending to my resort lobby to enjoy an afternoon Aperol spritz, I need a hands-free footwear ensemble that is both comfortable and luxuriously stylish. For its latest offering, the hotel-inspired slide brand, Lusso Cloud introduces a new range of fall-inspired silhouettes and colorways with one of my favorites taking center: The Esto loafer-inspired slides. Combining Lusso Cloud’s comfy tech with a warm corduroy upper makes this slide a must-have in my pursuit of comfort nirvana. $130 

M.Gemi: 

M.Gemi– M.Gemi’s take on the classic Chelsea boot in hand-dyed leather that’ll keep you warm through the colder months. Easy to pair and effortlessly cool to go with any transition or full-fledged arctic wear. $298 

Mackage: 

Mackage-Mid-cut lace-up winter boot boasting an ultra plush shearling lining. Meticulously handcrafted in Italy, the tech nylon upper sits atop a raised seam rubber lug sole with an embossed lettermark heel. The tonal mudguard, eyestay, and pull tab backstay showcase smooth grain leather. A signature M patch and outsole print add detail. Fully water resistant, the advanced design is performance tested for Canadian winters. $650 

Mason Garments: 

Mason Garments-The Firenze sneakers are a multi-paneled upper made of suede and leather. The  model is a newcomer in Mason Garments’ collection and already a key design for their audience. The sneakers are versatile, comfortable and a perfect fit for casual wear this winter. $337 

Mitchell & Ness: 

Mitchell & Ness-Hood Rubber Company is largely considered by sneaker historians to be one of the most significant early pioneers in the development and popularization of athletic footwear in the early 20th century. For the first time in over 40 years, the OG sneakers are available for a new generation of sneakerheads. $75 

Naked Wolfe: 

Naked Wolfe– Drab dress shoes getting you down? The Naked Wolfe Casino loafer is a stylish leather shoe designed to elevate your wardrobe with the reinvention of a classic style. Featuring three rows of pearl decals & full grain leather, these shoes are guaranteed to turn a simple closet staple into a stylish statement piece you’ll actually be excited to wear.$300

Original Penguin: 

Original Penguin-Put your best foot forward this fall with footwear from Original Penguin. The premium look and feel of these casual shoes for men effortlessly elevates your everyday style. These versatile sneakers are comfortable and can be paired with any outfit. $39.99

Peter Millar: 

Peter Millar-The Peter Millar Hyperlight Apollo Sneakers are a winter essential this season. Inspired by the aesthetics of the space race, the Apollo represents an entirely different expression in our lifestyle sneaker lineup. It features a brand-new custom TPU outsole and molded heel cup making it an ideal gift for everyday wear. $175 

Reebok: 

Reebok-Shopbop Men’s Reebok Club C 85 Suede Sneakers revamp the classic retro sneaker style into a staple for everyday weather. The sneaker features premium leather cowhide suede, a rubber sole, and a lace-closure for maximum ease and comfort that you won’t be able to go without these upcoming seasons! $75 

RtA: 

RtA– Travis Barker + MGK are single-handedly bringing punk back in style and these all black combat boots are a versatile fall staple that taps into the trend of the moment. $995 

TAFT: 

TAFT was born out of a mutual love for uniquely designed and well-made products. The Jack x MVMT boot is a must have for fall because of meticulous craftmanship, the intentionality in the design, and the sleek style that can be paired with any outfit. The shoe is designed with boldness in mind with every single detail of the shoe and considered. From the laces to the eyelets, TAFT take the extras steps to ensure the end product is perfect. Like every pair, the Jack X MVMT boot is hand-cut and hand-painted using the best leathers from Europe. $295 

Thursday Boots: 

Thursday Boots is the perfect brand that combines affordability and comfort. Their range of styles and recent expansions into sneakers is perfect for all Fall activities and lifestyles.. $199 

Todd Snyder: 

Todd Snyder-These one-of-a-kind Bean Boots are part of Todd Snyder x LL Bean’s latest drop called The Upcycled Collection. The capsule consists of bean boots and totes crafted from vintage canvas that has been repurposed from surplus military bags and tents. Each piece is unique, with its own patina and distinct color, and quantities are highly limited.$319. Exclusively available at Todd Snyder at The Liquor Store (235 West Broadway) 

TOMS: 

TOMS—Rover is a lightweight and modern sneaker with athletic-inspired elements like sneakerized outsoles and OrthoLite® insoles for non-stop comfort. Every TOMS purchase contributes to their goal of committing 1/3 of profits to support people working to build equity at the grassroots level. $84.95 

Vince Camuto: 

Vince Camuto-Vince Camuto’s loafer will allow you to enhance your handsome ensemble! These leather slip-ons feature a classic driver sole that stands out when worn with slacks or dark wash jeans. Perfect option with offices opening back up! $69.99

Vintage Foundry Co.: 

Vintage Foundry Co.-Vintage Foundry Co.’s Men’s Damon Boot is the perfect transitional shoe for Fall & Winter as it’s rugged, but clean look keeps you going no matter what the social calendar calls for. The traditional lace-up style paired with sturdy metal eyelets for a secure fit offer a trendy look while the cushioned footbed offers extreme comfort for an all-day wear. Originally $300; Current Price: $149

Wolverine: 

Wolverine-When the weather just won’t cooperate, let the Wolverine Torrent fight back for you. With premium waterproof leather and a classic duck boot rubber shell, your feet stay dry throughout the day regardless of rain or snow. This heavy duty outdoor boot features premium waterproof full-grain leather with vulcanized rubber shell, fleece lining with moisture-wicking mesh, fatigue-fighting removable EPX® (9mm) footbed cushions, and rubber lug outsoles to provide you with everything you need in all weathers. $100 

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