After years of practicing the theory that one winter day is like the next, I’m on to the reality that it’s not true.
One day it’s dry but really, really cold. The next day it’s cold with 2-feet of snow. A day later the snow melts and there’s 6 inches of slush off each curb. Then four days later it’s 45 degrees and raining. That’s why we all need more that one pair of winter boots.
The following are do and don’t categories of boot wear.
Knock yourself out in this category because there are a ton of boots available everywhere you go – from over-the-knee, to knee high, to mid calf and bootie style. If you wear a boot like a shoe, you need several pairs of everyday boots, at least one pair with a heel.
DEEP SNOW & COLD
Ugg’s – they finally make a decent snow boot
All too ugly you say? Just try them. You’ll want to wear them every day.
Pajar – Cute but not all are fully waterproof and often only come in full sizes.
COLD & SLUSHY
La Canadienne – trust the Canadians to get a cold weather boot right, oh and the Italians aren’t half bad either.
Frye – who can wear these? Love the way they look, hate the way they feel.
Hunters: At your own risk.
La Canadienne or Aquitalia: Trust anything lined that’s waterproof.
Hunters: A lot of people swear by these boots for heavy rain and slushy snow. Me, I swear at them. They aren’t warm and they have no give, making them impossible to pull on and off, plus you can feel the water through the boot.
And that’s my tutorial. Boot-Up.
You might as well refer to rain as fashion suicide, so you can thank the genius known as Valentino for making your rainy days ever so fashionable with this pair of boots from his REDValentino line. Forget your standard rain boots with that waxy rubber ducky look, the exterior of these boots are muted with a matte finish, playing down the idea they’re even suited for the rain. The real eye catcher here though is the stitching; creating an illusion of leather or suede boots which in reality are made of rubber – the oversized bow and gold buckle don’t hurt either. Fashion, quality and function make these REDValentino’s worth the $195 investment for your dull rainy days. You can find them at Neiman Marcus.
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