Gear is our job. It streams into and out of our offices in an endless tide of boxes and couriers; it gets photographed and catalogued and crammed underneath desks until we have time to test it. We quantify it as best we can, to share its essence: good and bad, peccadilloes and superlatives. We even pick the 100 best pieces of gear every year. But to close things out this year, we asked each staff member to single out their favorite piece of gear that was new to 2015. We hope you enjoy our little love notes to the gear that made the biggest impact on our lives this year.

To a varying extent I’ve been a huge sneakerhead for the last eight years or so, following the general #menswear trajectory from Dunks to Jordans to Yeezys to Double Monks to Common Projects. For nearly a decade I’ve had a “rotation.” Shoes got worn but seldom more than once a week. Then, about five months ago, it all kind of stopped. My tiny apartment reached its saturation point, I decided I wanted one less thing to think about in the morning and something like 12 pairs of shoes ended up on the curb. One of the select few that stayed were A.P.C.’s newest suede Chelsea boots. I’ve worn them every day since September. They look good with anything (save for maybe shorts), they’ve aged gracefully and I haven’t had to tie my shoes in 120 days. In a year of getting rid of stuff, the APC Chelseas were my favorite purchase of the year by a mile.

Material: Italian split suede
Made In: Portugal
Heel Height: 3cm
Price: €410