2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Sneakers & Footwear

2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Sneakers & Footwear
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We're deep in the holiday shopping season now, and a smart choice for the sneaker enthusiast in your life is more sneakers. It's foolproof, not only because a typical sneakerhead always appreciates yet another fix, but also because sneakers are more versatile than ever before, and not just in terms of what's out there in the marketplace. Sneakers are accepted just about everywhere now. Take a look around, and you'll learn that you can wear sneakers at the office. You can rock them with a suit for a semi-formal occasion or a Friday night when you're looking to dress to impress. Our footwear gift guide -- dominated by sneakers, along with a few boot models thrown in the mix -- places a special emphasis on winter-ready models, as a nod to the current weather conditions. Check it out in the following pages.

Produced by: Dan Hwang

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Burton x New Balance 710 
New Balance teams up with the winter sport experts at Burton to create a special edition 710 that can take on the snow. Its eye-catching look features Burton's woven-textile pattern, combined with the originals '80s-era New Balance hiking silhouette. New Balance's RevLITE midsole is good for all-day comfort, while a high-traction outsole and pigskin suede overlays offer sure footing and enhanced durability. Purchase them directly from Burton.[/column]

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J.Crew x Vans Sk8-Hi
J.Crew's exclusive take on the classic Vans Sk8-Hi proves once again that less is more. A black suede upper -- complete with the silhouette's signature Jazz Stripe in the same rendered in tonal fashion -- is complemented with unique details, including metal eyelets, rope laces and an off-white midsole. This is the grown-up version of the skate shoe that you wore as a kick-flipping pre-teen. Get them from select J.Crew stores and online.[/column]

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adidas Pro Model GTX
adidas takes its vitnage Pro Model silhouette and gives it a winter-ready overhaul, highlighted by waterproof Gore-Tex protection. While a mesh upper, unique serrated outsole and rugged boot laces threaten to overpower the shoe's original design, the signature shell-toe keeps its identity intact. The adidas Pro Model GTX is available in a trio of introductory colorways, all available now from select adidas Originals retailers and online.[/column]

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Greats Royale Chukka
Greats updates the iconic chukka boot with a comfortable and sporty Italian Margom sole, which is paired with a buttery Italian suede upper. Even better, the mid-top silhouette is fortified with a synthetic wool-lined interior to take on the frigid temps of winter. And best of all, the Italian-made shoe is tagged with a thrifty $169 price point. Greats updated the Royale with new colorways for the season, and our favorite is this camel brown suede edition. They're available now from Greats' online store.[/column]

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Vans Sk8-Hi Del Pato MTE
One look at this all new silhouette lets you know that this hybrid shoe is what you get combine the Sk8-Hi and a weatherproof duck boot. And like those iconic models, the Del Pato MTE couples unique good looks with components that take on the elements. They include Scotchguard-treated canvas and suede paneling, a warm fleece lining and a heat-retention layer nestled between the sockliner and outsole. Get the kicks from select Vans retailers and online.[/column]

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Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot
Nike's sneakerboots are always something to look forward to when the temperatures begin to dip, and the Lunar Force 1 Duckboot has become an all-weather classic in recent years. Adding to the basic design DNA of the Nike Air Force 1, the durable lace-up takes on water-repellent leather and synthetic materials, all of which are mounted on a cushioned Lunarlon midsole and high-traction gum rubber outsole. They're finished in seasonal earth tones and can be purchased directly from Nike.[/column]

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Saint Alfred x ASICS GEL-Lyte V
This season found Chicago's own Saint Alfred teaming up with ASICS for Gore-Tex infused take on the classic GEL-Lyte V silhouette. A simple two-tone color palette -- featuring neutral charcoal grey and cream shades inspired by downtown Chicago -- is applied to a build crafted from a combination of rip-stop nylon, water-resistant nubuck and TecTuff. The finished product is tough to beat. You can purchase a pair from Saint Alfred's online store.[/column]

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Publish x Timberland Chelsea Boot
As part of the "Reinventing California" collaboration between Publish Brand and Timberland, this limited-edition Chelsea Boot adds a bit of ruggedness to the sleek silhouette, all while maintaining a distinct West Coast cool. A waterproof suede upper is lined with a moisture wicking textile lining for added comfort, and elastic goring on the side offers easy on and off. The boot is mounted on a lightweight Vibram sole for outdoors appeal. Purchase the boots from Publish Brand's online store.[/column]

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Ronnie Fieg x Fracap RF120 Hiking Boot
Ronnie Fieg puts his personal stamp on Fracap's M120 hiker, resulting in the new RF120 silhouette. Functionality mixes with luxury, thanks to a premium Italian leather upper and a genuine shearling lining. The gusseted tongue, grommets and metal D-ring eyelets add to the outdoor aesthetic, but make no mistake, these are versatile enough to be worn on city sidewalks as well as the trail. Buy them from Kiths' online store.[/column]

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Jimmy Jazz x Timberland Helcor Boot
Timberland's classic 6-Inch Boot is already plenty tough, but Jimmy Jazz's interpretation of the work boot is even more formidable, offered in a waterproof, abrasion- and heat-resistant material known as Helcor. Its rendered in basic black, with rust-proof metal eyelets and a textured padded collar adding another dimension to the minimalist aesthetic. A matching rubber outsole keeps the stealthy look intact. The boots can be purchased directly from Jimmy Jazz.[/column]