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It’s a bit too early to jump into boot territory, but if your usual oxfords are feeling a little thin, there’s a whole class of half-boots designed for the next few months of semi-chill. Up front, this new Alaska Boot looks like the standard plain-toe dress shoe, but the sturdy heel and tight ankle are wintry enough to stay in your footwear rotation well through the winter. They’re a good deal lighter than those Red Wings, and the rakish “gentleman traveler” feel should make up for the missing steel toe.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom