Not content to simply help you restore your shoes, JGoods is back with a package that lets you make them your own. The Sneaker Customization Kit ($45) includes five jars of waterproof leather paint, an empty mixing jar, a paintbrush, 20 preparation wipes, a canvas carrying case, and instructions -- everything you need to take your favorite pair of kicks from boring to bodacious.
Forget their "old-people approved" styling — these Merrell Wilderness Boots ($300) are perfectly suited to the 40-and-younger crowd, with sleek and timeless styling featuring Norwegian welt construction, a full grain leather upper, a bellows tongue to keep stray particles out, Tesivel knit lining, and a Vibram Roccia block sole. As good for the snow-covered streets as they are for the snow-covered trails.
Durability is an essential ingredient for any good boot, and it's also a well-known attribute of stingray leather. The Sorel Caribou Stingray Boot ($800) takes advantage of this by using an entire stingray hide for each pair of boots, giving one of the boots a silver mark where the stingray's eye once sat, and a cool pebbled texture that looks great with the vulcanized rubber shell, AeroTrac outsole, and removable felted wool and shearling inner boot. As a bonus, it's seam-sealed, making it as waterproof as the animal for which it's named. [Thanks, David]
Who says you have to wear heavy boots to get around in the snow and ice? Stabilicers ($50) are shoe add-ons that ensure stabile footing on slick surfaces, using 34 case-hardened steel cleats to dig into the ground, while simple Velcro fasteners let you keep your favorite kicks where they belong: on your feet.
We're all for Toms' one to one, buy a pair, give a pair mission — but unfortunately, their standard offerings aren't going to do you much good when mother nature decides to dump five inches of snow on your doorstep. For those times, the Toms Botas Chukka Boot ($80) will do nicely, with a waxed canvas upper, wool felt lining, and a grippy rubber sole.