keeliraye asked: Hi Jaclyn! While I really want to be online booking a trip to the islands for the upcoming winter, I really need to be looking for a pair of boots. The weather man says this is supposed to be the worst winter in history, and on top of hating winter--I have perpetually cold feet. Can you help me find something stylish? And versatile? I like the look of Sorel, but don't know if I really want to be stuck with the snow boot look all winter? Thanks in advance!
If you like Sorel, Sorel’s Slimboot ($180) is an EXCELLENT option for you. It’s much more sleek than their other styles and still features a waterproof shell, knit lining and a rubber tread. Sorel’s Toronto boot is nice too ($180). It has a small wedge heel. Also check out these two pairs: the Conquest ($220) and the Winter Fancy Tall II ($190). The Conquest almost looks like a moto boot. But, like you said, there’s really no mistaking these for anything but snow boots.
For a more disguised (but still practical) style, there are several options at different price points. They trend pricier. Anyway, ECCO’s tall boot ($210) is nice. It has a warm lining with GORE-TEX construction to help keep your feet dry. I’m a huge fan of Remonte Dorndoff’s leather tall boots ($120). They have a wool lining and a thick treaded sole. Eric Michael’s boots ($210) have a shearling lining.
SoftWalk’s moto-inspired tall boot ($225) has a high-tech, comfy inner sole, a thick tread and is designed to be pretty rugged weather-wise. If you are going to be walking a lot, these are a good choice. KEEN’s riding boot (about $180) is waterproof. If you want something with a more hardcore tread that’s also less expensive, Tundra’s Bryn boot ($80) is waterproof with a warm lining. Last, North Face’s lace-up Bridgeton boot is waterproof, lined with PrimaLoft insulation and has a rubber outsole designed for winter walking. They’re $175. North Face’s regular Bridgeton boot ($190) is more of a riding boot style with the same weather-proof credentials as the lace-up version. It’s also available in brown. If you can find your size, 6PM has a North Face style from last year marked down to $85 (from $185).