Après Ski Essentials

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Whether you’ve just retired from a long day of racing your friends down the slopes or choose to hang out on the mountain sans skis and snowboard, ShoeBuy has all the Après Ski must-haves for looking chic and staying warm.

For Her

Outerwear: You really can’t get by without having a good, warm coat. Choose one that has fun details, a flattering cut, and great color. A warm puffy vest is also an option for the days above freezing. Layer it over a thick sweatshirt or sweater to show off some cool sleeves! Cozy Sweaters: A great winter sweater is also a ski staple. A crew neck with a quirky animal is lighthearted and serves as a great talking point. A knit poncho looks stellar with skinny jeans or leggings, and is easy to throw on over any top.

 

Black leggings are always a smart choice, but why not switch it up and sport a pair that has a little more pizazz? Stark White snow pants are perfect to transition from skiing to lounging while multicolored leggings in muted tones provide an elevated look without being too distracting. Layer a skirt over your leggings for a fun look that gives extra warmth and style.

 

Beanies are the perfect snow bunny accessory. Typically at lower price points, you can grab a different hat for all your go-to winter outfits. And remember, it may be cold out but the sun is still glaring throughout the winter, so grab a pair of sunnies to protect your eyes and make any look more fashion-forward. Gloves and arm warmers are great additions that can keep your outfit neutral, or add some pop! More winter accessories here.  

 

Snow boots come in such a variety of styles now, with varying heights, materials, and colors. Mix and match your favorite winter socks with your boots for endless possibilities!

 

For Him

Outerwear: A vintage inspired vest is a perfect, easy layer that screams Après ski a la 1970s. You can’t go wrong with a classic black puffer coat either. Sweaters: Rich textures and soft neutrals make these sweaters ideal for relaxing with friends by the fire.  

Two Toned snow pants are unexpected and modern. Dodge snowballs in style.

Boots: Waterproof duck boots will carry you through all sorts of slush you may encounter. A pair of sturdy snow boots with a heavy duty outsole prepare you for the iciest terrain.

A rugged hat and tartan scarf are classic investment pieces to wear every season. They are both masculine, and practical. Sporty beanies and cold-weather socks come in fun colors and patterns, so grab a bunch for a more youthful look.

 

A waterproof bag will take you far. Choose a bright color so it stands out in the snow! Roll up a blanket and bring it to the lodge to snuggle by the fire. Bringing the baby to the mountain? Try an adorable puffer onesie! A sophisticated print ensures maximum cuteness.

 

 

And for those of you looking for the toughest performance gear for the slopes, we’ve got you covered there too. A pair of compression tights or leggings increase circulation and reduces muscle damage and fatigue. Padded socks provide extra protection, and this pair has high density cushioning, for comfort around the entire foot and lower leg. A warm beanie built for winter sports is perfect for underneath your helmet. A form fitting base layer is essential to retain body heat, but isn’t going to be too stuffy.

Photos from whowhatwear.com (left) and Vogue.co.uk (center & right).

Photos from whowhatwear.com (left) and Vogue.co.uk (center & right).

Just because you have to bundle up doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! What’s your favorite Après ski piece?

 

The ShoeBuy Ultimate Running Guide for Winter

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Though it was certainly a little delayed this year, there’s no denying that winter is here. While a blanket of snow can be pretty, if you enjoy running outside for exercise, this can be an unwelcome reality (especially at 6 AM). Once the sidewalks are cleared, though, there’s really no reason you shouldn’t be able to enjoy the crisp air, just as long as you’re prepared from head to toe.

Running Shoes

For running shoes, look for breathable, moisture-wicking linings to keep feet cool and dry and a blown rubber sole to keep you steady on slippery surfaces. A running shoe that uses foam cushioning rather than mechanical will give you that extra pep in your step, which is especially important during the winter months when the ground is cold and hard.

Warm Running Clothing & Accessories

Before heading out the door, make sure you’ve layered on the proper protection. On top, choose a base layer of Merino wool that will keep you warm while still providing great breathability. Pair it with a zip-up – water-resistant for wet days and fleece-lined for the biting cold – to insulate and block out wind. On bottom, full-length pants (whether we’re talking compression tights or sweatpants – or better yet, both!) are the way to go. Remember: exposed skin is cold skin. Pile on those accessories – socks, hats, scarves – and don’t forget a pair of e-tip gloves so you can change the song on your playlist without missing a beat.

A winter jog can be refreshing, and especially after days on end cooped up indoors, sometimes a blast of cold air is just what the doctor ordered. However, if you are going to venture out, the proper gear is essential to your health and safety. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: layer! You want to be able to move freely but also shield your body from the harsh conditions, so look for materials that promote ventilation and will keep you warm, but aren’t too bulky.

Looking for more running shoe recommendations and workout apparel inspiration? Be sure to check out these Fitness Must-Haves for ’16!

GIFT GUIDE: Winter Accessories

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Unless you’re the type to begin holiday shopping in April, chances are, like us, you’re just starting to realize the gift-giving season is fast approaching. And while sometimes, coming up with an idea for a friend or family member is a no-brainer, we all have those people in our lives for whom it’s tough to figure out what they really want or need. Whether it’s your 15-year-old nephew, Secret Santa, child’s teacher or a neighbor, choosing that perfect present can be easier said than done.

So for those who seem to have it all or are tricky to buy for, follow our gift guides to find that special something, no matter your budget, that they’re sure to love. First up is our cold weather accessories guide.

For the Techie

Having to take your gloves off to text, respond to an email or just use a favorite app in frigid temperatures isn’t fun; a pair of etip gloves will make them think of you every time they pull out their phone on a cold day and don’t freeze their fingers off.

Featured Products:Ugg Isla Lurex Tech Bow Glove | Manzella Tahoe Ultra Touchtip | Salomon Propeller Dry Glove | SportHill SwiftPro Tech Glove

For the Athlete

Cold weather won’t stop the committed athlete, so help to keep her or him a little warmer with thoughtful accessories.

Her: 


Featured Products: Icebreaker Chase Headband | Icebreaker Flexi Chute | Terramar Themolator Cloud Nine Half Zip | Smartwool PhD Run Ultra Light Low Cut Sock

Him: 

Featured Products: Ibex Bacalava | SportHill 3SP Summit Glove | Patagonia Thermal Speedwork Zip-Neck | Darn Tough Vermont Over the Calf Padded Ultra-Light 1408

For the Fashionably Cool

Bundling in style is one of our favorite looks for winter, and it all comes together with a warm statement piece like an interesting scarf, hat, sweater or flannel shirt. 

Her:


Featured Products: Ugg Heritage Up Flat Hat w/ Pom | Toad&Co Heartfelt Diamond Scarf | Prana Lucia Sweater

Him: 

Featured Products: Salomon Logo Beanie | Pendleton Long Fringe Scarf | Pendleton Board Shirt Classic

For the Commuter

A cold commute can be a real drag, so show you care with little extras to make a train or bus ride a bit more enjoyable (and productive!).


Featured Products: Sumo Camo Sleeve Tablet | Mobile Edge UrgentPower 5200 mAH Battery | The North Face Salty Dog Etip Glove | UGG Slim Fit Quilted Fabric Smart Glove | Leighton Magnum Family-Size Umbrella

For the Little Ones

Winter gifts for kids are a real win-win: they’ll be excited to wear their new gear out for a day of fun in the snow, and parents will be singing your praises once they realize the kiddos have outgrown last year’s stuff.

Baby:

Featured Products: Patagonia Reversible Shell Hat | Patagonia Pita Pocket Mittens | Patagonia Capilene Midweight Set

Her:


Featured Products: The North Face Etip Glove | The North Face Fuzzy Earflap Beanie | Patagonia Better Sweater Hoody | Icebreaker Lifestyle Ultra Light Crew Fruitloop Sock

Him: 


Featured Products: Patagonia Wooly Hat | Diadora Cosenza Quarter Zip Warm Up Jacket | Icebreaker Hike Lite Crew

Showing our love to friends and family is one of the things that make the holiday season so special, and here at ShoeBuy, we want to take the stress out of giving. A thoughtful gift doesn’t have to break the bank (and oftentimes, doesn’t cost a thing at all!). A truly perfect present is one that is given out of care and kindness, so be sure to check back for even more ideas in the coming days and weeks!

How To: Stay Warm No Matter How Cold It Gets

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Now that the last tricksters have treated and the clocks have turned back, it’s officially time to start thinking winter. While there’s still plenty of time between now and December 21st, once the days start to get shorter, they become cooler, too. As we finish out fall and head into winter, chances are your choice in outerwear will also begin to change. One day you may just need an extra fleece layer under your favorite vest or windbreaker to bring it to that next level of warmth, and the next, an all out parka to block out whipping wind and snow.

With that in mind, we give you: The ShoeBuy Cold-O-Meter. Depending on your needs this fall and winter, our experts have hand-selected the outerwear that will keep you at the perfect temperature until spring.

Chilly:

Starting to notice a little nip in the air? A fleece provides enough warmth so you’ll be comfortable without overheating.

Featured Products: Columbia Harborside Fleece Pullover | Mountain Hardwear Strecker Jacket | Patagonia R2 Jacket 25138 | The North Face Denali Jacket | The North Face Haldee Raschel Parka

Cold:

As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, grab a thicker, insulating coat like one of these down-filled, thermal-lined, or wool styles.

Featured Products: Carhatt Duck Active Thermal Lined Jacket J131 | Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket | Nau Intersect Utility Down Sweater | The North Face Thermoball Full Zip Jacket 2015 | Woolrich Mill Wool Sherpa Jacket

Really Cold:

If snow or any other wintery precipitation is in the forecast, you’ll want a waterproof jacket to keep warm and dry.

Featured Products: Columbia Lhotse Interchange Jacket | Woolrich Arctic Parka | Patagonia Stormdrift Parka

Freezing:

For the days when summer seems but a distant memory, turn the heat up with an ultra-cozy parka.

Featured Products: The North Face Triple C Parka II | Pajar Brooklyn Jacket | Patagonia Thunder Cloud Down Parka | Pajar Eagle Jacket

Ski/Snow Activities:

Planning on hitting the slopes? Gear up with the right outerwear to ensure hours of winter fun.


Featured Products: Patagonia Powder Bowl Pants – Short | Salomon Speed + Jacket | Salomon S-Lab Motion Fit WS Jacket | Patagonia Snowshot Pants – Reg 30688

From a dusting to a blizzard, choosing the right outerwear will put a stop to the shivers; paired with your favorite winter boots, you’ll be ready no matter how cold it gets.

Winter Boots & Cozy Styles for Kids

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Last week, we shared our favorite bundling picks for both men and women that are sure to keep the cold out and warmth in all season long. Next up: cozy choices for even the tiniest snow bunnies in your life. Wintery conditions don’t have to mean the end to outdoor play, and in fact, with the right gear, kids will be out building forts and making snow angels from the time they hear, “school’s closed” to, “hot chocolate’s ready!” Bonus: These will keep your little one’s warm but our picks are fun enough that they’ll make great holiday gifts too.

BOOTS TO KEEP THEIR TOES TOASTY
Make sure you’re really ready for those cold days and snow fort weather by getting them their winter boots and gear now, even if you’re thinking about wrapping them up as a gift! That way, when the first flakes fall, those little toes will stay toasty warm all the way from the bus stop to the sledding hill.

Featured Products: The North Face Alpenglow Lace Boot | Stride Rite Made 2 Play Sneaker Boot | Kamik Carver Boot | Jambu Collett 2 Winter Boot | Bogs Sweet Pea | Itasca Snow Stomper | Itasca Snow Stomper | Sorel Youth Tofino II 

CLOTHING TO STAY COZY Insulation is key for winter, and these puffers will do the trick, keeping kids warm and fully protected from wind and wet conditions. And after a big storm hits, snowsuits are sure to bring hours of winter fun. Cool socks have become quite the fashion statement recently, and kids’ feet deserve to look good, too, but these picks mean nothing but business outside during recess.

Featured Products: The North Face Thermoball Full Zip Jacket 2015 | Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater Hoody | Marmot Freerider Pant 73560 | Patagonia Baby Hi-Loft Down Sweater Bunting | Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle Pants | Icebreaker Snow Mid Over the Calf | MUK LUKS Microfiber Knee High Socks

WOOLY EXTRAS TO KEEP THEM WARM
Even though the theory (which likely dates back to experiments conducted in the 1950s) that you primarily lose body heat through your head has since been debunked, cold ears are nothing to joke about, so don’t forget a winter hat!

Got a techy kid in your life? Etip gloves will keep their hands warm without missing an important post or text. Or, keep it classic with tried-and-true mittens. Throw on an infinity scarf for an easy, extra layer of warmth that won’t get in the way of favorite snow activities.

Featured Products: The North Face Fuzzy Earflap Beanie | Patagonia Beanie Hat 66054 | Icebreaker Flexi Chute 100964 | Terramar Silk Rib Balaclava | MUK LUKS Plaid Bow Mittens | The North Face Etip Glove

Are you ready for winter? Check out our Top 10 Winter Boot’s You’ll Need – this season, ShoeBuy’s got the whole family covered!

Bundle in Style: Everything You’ll Need to Stay Warm & Fashionable This Winter

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Baby, it’s getting cold outside. Gone are the days of dashing out the door without thinking to put a jacket on, now is the time to bundle. There’s nothing cute about feeling chilly, but layer in style to beat the shivers and make a cool fashion statement while you’re at it.

While it might seem a little early to be talking winter, you never know when that first snow may fall. Thankfully, ShoeBuy’s got you covered from head-to-toe, so shop our full collections of wool socks, sweaters, scarves, gloves, winter coats and boots today, and you’ll be ready to brace the cold whenever it hits.

Looking for some inspiration? See how our style experts plan to stay warm this winter with bundle essentials to keep fashion senses out of hibernation and toes cozy ‘til spring.

FOR HIM

Featured Products: Columbia Platinum 860 TurboDown Hooded Down Jacket | Ricardo B.H Trooper | Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4-Zip | Screamer Brandon Scarf | Pendleton Texting Glove | Royal Robbins Convoy Corduroy Regular | UGG Merrick Boot | Darn Tough Vermont Boot Sock Cushion 1403

FOR HER

 

Featured Products: The North Face Gotham Parka | Patagonia Pom Beanie | Toad & Co Heartfelt Diamond Cardie | Icebreaker Boreal Scarf | UGG Isla Lurex Tech Bow Glove | Prana Trinity Cord Pants | Sorel Tofino Cate | Women’s Smartwool Sulawesi Stripe

Planning to do some shoveling this winter? Check out our Top 10 Winter Boots You’ll Need now, and thank us later.

Top 10 Winter Boots You’ll Need

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ShoeBuy HQ is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and even if you don’t live in New England, chances are you heard about the slight snow situation we encountered this past winter. (Not sure if you caught the sarcasm in that last sentence.)

The final snow pile here didn’t actually melt until JUNE, which means Bostonians have only enjoyed about 4 completely snow-free months this year and are already thinking about the next Nor’easter. So with that in mind, we’d like to take this opportunity when we can still see the ground to share with you, wherever you are, the top 10 winter boots for women and men that you’ll need this winter. Whether you can’t get enough powder, would rather hibernate until spring, or may only see a few flurries this season, boots can add some fun and personality to your winter wardrobe. Sorel has a great lineup for men and women this year, offering everything from the classic snow boot to fuzzy styles that are sure to stand out, and favorite brands like Merrell and Helly Hansen are coming out with almost sneaker-boot hybrids to combat those in-between days.

This upcoming season, boots are the way to go. For function and fashion this winter, check out our top picks for her and him.

FOR HER: 

Featured Products: Merrell Eventyr Bluff Waterproof | Clarks Muckers Shale Snow Boot | Columbia Minx Shorty Omni-Heat Bootie | Pajar Grip Zip Boot | Bogs Juno Tall Boot | Ugg Pierce Boot | Helly Hansen Maria Boot | The North Face Thermoball Lace 8 | Skechers Highlanders Cottontail | Sorel Joan of Arctic Lace Boot

FOR HIM: 

 


Featured Products: Clarks Darian Heath Boot | Helly Hansen Garibaldi 2 Boot | Lowa Tibet GTX WXL | Keen Anchorage Boot II | ECCO Whistler GORE-TEX High Boot | UGG Hannen TL Boot | Sperry Top-Sider Cold Bay Boot | Pajar Burham | The North Face Chilkat 400 | Sorel Caribou

Brace yourself; word on the street is, it’s gonna be another cold and snowy one, so check out our full collection of winter boots now so you’ll be prepared no matter what the season brings.

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Does the forecast in your area call for more rain than snow? Duck boots are the prefect transitional footwear and especially suited for cool, wet conditions. Plus, they’re cute, making this cold weather trend a real win-win.

Duck Boots: Get Yours Before They’re Gone

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If you’ve coveted those famous Bean Boots in the past but perhaps weren’t able to score a pair last season, now is the perfect time to grab yours for the colder months. With The Farmer’s Almanac predicting another tough winter ahead and the duck boot look now quite fashionable, if you don’t have a pair – or yours are circa early 2000s – it’s time to gear up.

We asked our style experts for their picks for this season’s coolest look. Topping their lists are styles from a great selection of top brands, such as Pajar, Sorel and The North Face, along with Sperry duck boots, too. You’ll find waterproof options to keep you dry, and even a range of insulated boots to help get you through the colder months in style. From the more traditional look to fresh picks inspired by the best features of the originals, there’s sure to be a pair here to suit your fancy.

Our Picks For Women:

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Sperry Top-Sider Saltwater | Sperry Top-Sider White Water Boot | Sorel Slimpack Riding Tall Boot | Crocs AllCast Luxe Duck Boot

Superior Boot Co. Traditional 6-Eye Duck BootThe North Face Shellista II Mid Boot | Pajar Grip Zip Boot | A2 by Aerosoles Barricade Duck Boot

 

Our Picks For Men:

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Sperry Top-Sider Cold Bay Boot | Sorel 1964 Premium T | Sorel Caribou | Sorel Cheyanne Lace

Superior Boot Co. Twin Gore Duck Boot | The North Face Ballard Duck Boot | Pajar Burham

Don’t miss out on getting your pair this season — shop our full collection of  duck boots to get you ready for those wet-weather days!

Be sure to grab yourself a waterproof boot  for some extra benefits! Take a look at all of our styles for men and for women.

 

Outfit Inspiration: Winter Gear

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Baby, it’s still cold outside! But for some of us, we love getting outdoors even in the middle of winter. So how do you gear up if you want to stay warm and still look great while you’re getting out there? We’ve got just the winter gear to keep everyone looking good whether you’re looking to take a wintry hike or stay warm while on a sledding adventure with little ones.

Women’s Look

Hooded Jacket | Zip-up | Gloves | Leggings | Boot | Hat

Men’s Look

Jacket | Pull-over | Gloves | Boot | Hat

 

Gift Guide: Winter Gear

Winter Gear Gift Guide

Your loved ones will be thanking you when they are warm and dry during the months of frigid winter temps. From the slopes to the school-bus stop, this is your guide to the winter gear they need! (left to right)

1. We love this warm and furry winter parka from Woolrich.

2. Help them stay on top of their game in this Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle jacket.

3. Can’t go wrong with a fleece lined inner shell, this jacket from The North Face offers versatile weather protection in changing conditions.

4. Below freezing and they still want to look good? This Marmot three-in-one jacket is the one for them.

5. This water-resistant coat from Merrell keeps you dry and classy with leather details and toggle closures.