Stocking Stuffers
By Nick Caruso
on 12.5.13

Editor’s Note: The stockings are hung by the chimney with care…now what the hell are you gonna put in there? Ah, stocking stuffers — the little things, the extras, the last minute goodies, the fun gifts. They’re as enjoyable to give as they are to receive. Thing is, there’s an endless supply of stocking-size gifts under $100, and picking up the right ones can be a little daunting. That, of course, is where we come in: over the next ten days we’ll publish stocking stuffer guides curated around themes that’ll make stuffing that certain someone’s stocking markedly easier.

Shoes don’t fit in stockings, but shoes happen to be quite important. So much so, in fact, that any guy with a pair he’s proud of will want to go that extra mile to ensure they’re properly cared for and always looking their best. Herein are shoe-centric gifts, sans the shoes, so you can enjoy stocking that stocking with things to enjoy whilst in *ahem* stocking feet.

leather-honey Leather Honey
Because knowing how to polish shoes is as a male essential skill if there ever was one. And like any skill, you need some kit. $16
alden-shoe-repair-kit Alden Travel Shoe Care Kit
Because taking care of your shoes usually happens when you’re on the road, not at the kitchen table. $130
shoe-horn Bone Shoe Horn
Because using your index finger is downright barbaric. $36
mack-wheldon-socks Mack Wheldon Socks
Because it’s time to stop acquiring socks by the bag. $13
shoe-trees Woodlore Shoe Tree
Because you hang your shirts and shoes deserve the same respect. $20
benjo-pennies Benjo’s Colored Pennies
Because those stalwart loafers could use a touch of bling. $14
sneaker-wipes Jason Markk Sneaker Wipes
Because your Nike Flyknits need to stay, well, fly. $11
tumi-shoe-bags Tumi Shoe Bag (Two)
Because you’ve outgrown using plastic bags from the bodega. $45
laces Danner Shoe Laces
Because there’s no faster way to spruce up a pair of well-worn boots. $6
shoe-repair Nushoe Mail-In Shoe Repair Service
Because we don’t all live a few blocks from a good cobbler and none of your friends seem to have a good recommendation. $75