Wondering what I should do for footwear after a session? What do you normally wear? Do you take it with you in a backpack, leave shoes in a locker? Looking for some bar friendly options which are fairly portable.
I want something without laces that I can slip into quickly in the parking lot. When I'm cold, tired, hungry, and the wind is blowing the last thing I want to do is take off my gloves and fiddle with laces.
I also like something sherpa-lined or at least insulated, and if it has some lugs to grip on snow and ice that's even better. I have a pair of ankle-high Sorels that fit the above description but they don't make them any more.
I also have these, which get the job done but aren't as cozy since they're not sherpa-lined:
If it's not all that snowy, I'll second the crocs as they're so easy and comfortable. If they're some snow on the ground or I have to walk more than 100 yds, TNF Arctic II Pull-ons are my go to. They're also a good snow shoveling\let the dog out\general purpose snow boot. Super comfy and warm, though I wouldn't want to hike too far in them, but that's any slip on shoe.
These are very warm and should be safe in the lodge. You don't have to use the laces either. http://www.google.com/imgres?safe=off&hl=en&biw=1174&bih=620&tbm=isch&tbnid=x45-slEG-CkREM:&imgrefurl=http://www.readymaderesources.com/cart//outdoor-equipment/cold-weather-gear/bunny-boots-new-/prod_3267.html&docid=A5B9QF_SHFg8WM&imgurl=https://www.readymaderesources.com/cart/images/uploads/BUNNY_BOOT.jpg&w=320&h=240&ei=5zhvUpOBCeiWiQK8jIGYDQ&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:2,s:0,i:96&iact=rc&page=1&tbnh=181&tbnw=237&start=0&ndsp=10&tx=76&ty=91
I was thinking of asking the same question with the following requirements:
Flexible and not bulky so easy to drive in !!!
ankle high and waterproof - so when I step out the car on a pow day, I don't get my socks wet before walking around the car to get my boots on.
I wear flip flops or these..
I agree with Toecutter, with one addition - I don't even want to touch my shoes. I want to throw them down and slip them on, this way I don't have to sit down and I don't have to worry about dunking my sock in slushy ice-dirt water. I use the Baffin Rich Men - http://www.baffin.com/product-p/cascm008.htm . It's a backless scuff so super easy to slip on; it's very warm, waterproof and comfortable; and it looks good with anything except black pants (there's a black one too), if you plan to go out to dinner or whatever. Great anytime you just need to slip some shoes on and run out the door, too. After trying a couple of other options, this is my favorite by far.
I don't personally like these, but they might be worth looking at if you want something lighter and more portable - folding boots designed specifically for apres ski purposes: Pakem. They look kind of like cheap slippers and aren't all that easy to get on. They might even fit in a large jacket pocket.
I had a pair of those Keens. They somehow ended up going to Goodwill in a load of old sneakers.
Also accidentally going to Goodwill were my favorite old Merrell Yetis, which were the best apres boots ever. Grrrrrrrr. http://www.sierratradingpost.com/merrell-yeti-ii-water-repellent-sheepskin-boots-for-men~p~62861/
Those Forsake shoes look like basketball shoes -- not really my style.
I've got a pair of fleece lined Vans similar to these that I usually wear for the trek to and from the resort or around a ski house when I get that lucky. When I drive I boot up at the car and often eat lunch at the car. I don't hang out at the lodge unless absolutely necessary, and will be in boots for that brief period. But, if I must kick off the boots to warm the toes I really do put my gloves on my feet sometimes.
there is an apres boots going on at SAC - gear cache that you might wanna take a look! I'm not crazy about any of the options though
NO LACES REQUIRED!
Pakems are the best apres ski shoe around. They come in high top and low top. Are super lightweight. Smoosh down into a compression back and can be carried in backpack or on sling strap. Water resistant, insulated, and look a hell of a lot better than some big clunker. They're on IndieGoGo now at: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pakems/x/1332069