Essential Gear

Sommeliers need an excellent palate, good people skills and—just as important—great shoes.
Cowboy Boots: Sanded Lizard 5 Toe from Lucchese Classics, $795;
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Sensible Loafers

"I wear Clarks because they're comfortable and look good," says Jonathan Pullis of Aspen's The Little Nell. "Code" slip-ons, $90;

Cowboy Boots

"The heel's not too high or slender," says Sophie Leibowitz of NYC's Marea. "Sanded Lizard 5 Toe" from Lucchese Classics, $795;

Hand-Stitched Shoes

"Women judge a man by his shoes," says David Lynch of Quince in San Francisco. Church's "Grafton," $600;

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PUBLISHED October 2010