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I love your site and your fresh, unapologetic perspective on fashion. Last year, I laughed so much at your hatred of Uggs (among other things). I’m wondering if you’d consider doing a post on acceptable vs. unacceptable winter boots for those of us who live in snow-plagued parts of the world. There are just SO MANY hideous winter boots out there, and not many decent options for cold, slushy, snowy weather. I think your readers would appreciate more of your humor and opinions on winter boots.
I’ll agree that dressing for snow is rarely fashionable. Not only are you trying to keep warm, but you also need to make sure you aren’t slipping and sliding all over the place.
I live in between Vancouver and Whistler, and while I wouldn’t say we are snow plagued, we do get a few days of snow in the winter. When I am out locally (and not too bothered about how I look) I am either wearing Sorel boots or rubber boots (not fancy Hunter ones, I bought mine for $40 at Walmart and they are minus 40°C rated) with big thick wool socks that pull up higher than the boot.
When I am in town and want to look decent in the snow, I wear my Frye motorcycle boots (always a great option, and you can wear them year round) or anything with a low heel and a rubber sole. Here are a few boots that would work in really bad weather, but won’t make you look like you are wearing fat ugly pillows on your feet (otherwise known as Uggs.)
And in terms of unacceptable winter footwear? Well, the obvious answer is Ugg boots, or any Ugg lookalike. Another way to look really stupid in the winter is to wear highly inappropriate shoes, for example sky high stilettos when it is snowing. Not only does that look ridiculous, but you risk twisting your ankle on the ice and being stuck wearing flats for months.
I am usually against the concept of wearing running shoes to work and then changing into high heels when you get there (I figure if you can’t manage the shoes on the way TO work, you don’t deserve to wear them AT work) but winter is an exception to this. If you have to look good, then wear something practical and change when you get there.
FYI, I managed Montreal in January with a pair of 3 inch high Finsk boots. If the sidewalks are well-paved, most comfortable shoes are acceptable. Just be careful of the salt ruining the leather.