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Chrome

Chrome got its start making products for professional bike messengers—a surly and critical crowd if there ever was one. And if the quality and durability is enough for a user group that spends eight-plus hours a day riding a bike in a harsh urban environment, you can bet the product is ready to handle the commute to and from most nine-to-fives. The Southside shoes are part of Chrome’s street collection—they skip SPD cleat compatibility in favor of a more versatile, all-around approach. The shoes have tacky rubber soles and outers made from oiled full-grain leather that—perhaps most important in a commuter product—weathers well over time, looking better the more they’re used. Shown here in gray and tan, the shoes also are available in black.
$100; chromeindustries.com
—Chris Lesser