Winter has hit Chicago with a fury. We were fortunate that December was unusually mild, but once the holidays were over the cold came causing me to pull out all of my winter gear. And this morning I have woken up to temperatures of -6 degrees with windchills too cold to even mention. I hate being cold so it is important for me to find outerwear that does its job, but most of the winter gear is you start feeling like a stuffed turkey, all puffy and unable to move. One thing that is hard to find that is functional yet fashionable are winter boots.
I have at least two pairs of boots that are workhorses that can be worn when we have a ton of snow, it is particularly sloppy and cold. I have a pair of Bogs that I like but they weigh what feels like 10 pounds. They do a great job of keeping my feet warm and dry and I can tuck my pants in so I don’t get that nasty salt splatter and I also get a great leg workout while I walk in them. However, they are ugly and as soon as I get inside they need to come off which means that I have to carry another pair of shoes with me to change into.
Fortunately we do not have that kind of weather every winter day in Chicago, so I went on a search for winter boots that would keep my feet warm and look fashionable enough that I could wear inside with an outfit. I scoured Zappos so that you don’t have to and I found a few choices. I avoided looking at all of the workhorse boots like Sorels and I did not pick an Uggs (let’s face it they are a little ugly and they are worthless if it is wet out) I ordered one of these and kept them because they are super cute and comfortable. Here are some of the choices I considered.
Cole Haan Oak Waterproof Shearling Bootie
I thought these were a little cute. Fairly nondescript black booties with a small heel and they are lined with shearling so they’ll keep your tootsies warm and they are waterproof.
Sometimes, especially when I go to yoga, I just like to be able to slip on a pair of winter boots. We spend a lot of time in the winter getting dressed so it is nice when a pair of boots is easy. I thought these could be cute for just a pair of shoes to slip on.
These boots are expensive, but I had a pair of booties from this company a few years ago that I wore to death. The boots were warm and waterproof. So if you are looking for a tall pair of boots that fit that bill and look good, this looks like a good pair to check out.
This is the pair I ordered and kept. I can say that they are pretty comfortable. The leather is nice and soft. They have a wedge heel so I get some height but still feel stable if I walk on some ice. So far they have kept my feet warm and I like that the color is something different than the usual black.
So I hope I have given you some ideas about fashionable boots that you can wear during the winter. Because winter is too long to have to wear ugly boots every day. –June