Tie One On

What’s that thing about men whose shoes don’t have laces? Never mind, it’s getting damn cold out there and you want a pair of boots that won’t make you look like a wimp on the ice. British designer Paul Smith launched his eponymous label in 1970s England. Enough said. Brown Bihar Workboots, $575, feature topstitching and pull-tabs at ankles. They look like “shoes” from the top, so you’re safe to wear them with slacks, but underneath they are all muscle with rubber soles and anti-slip nodes. Tod’s Black Stivaletto, $445, features their famed rubber nubbed sole. You’ll love it because it feels like you’re walking on cleats even though you’re light as air in these kicks. Timberland Earthkeepers Waterproof Boot, $160, is a burnished leather boot with seam-sealed construction, recycled materials lining, removable insole, and yes, a rubber sole for that rugged “ready for anything” feel.