I live in Virginia, but my in-laws live in Vermont. Whenever I go to visit, I am sadly ill-equipped! I was hoping you could do a roundup of FUNCTIONAL snow boots that keep your feet warm and dry, but that also are cute. I want to look cute, and not fall over. Is that so much to ask?
It is not! It is not too much to ask for your warm, dry winter snow boots to look less like clodhoppers and more like fun, fashionable footwear. Here are a few of my current faves:
Sorel Joan Of Arctic , $129.00 – $139.95
Yes, I’m biased. These are my babies, purchased a few weeks ago, and I ADORE them. After five years of wearing short, stiff, uncomfortable, and downright weird-looking North Face boots, I sprung for these. And they’re comfy and warm and flexible and, as you can see from the photo above, cute enough to wear as part of a regular outfit. Albeit a casual one.
These are the only snow boots I currently own, so the following picks are based on design, reviews I’ve read, photos I’ve seen, and other anecdotal evidence!
Timberland Earthkeepers Grandby, $119.90 – $170.00
They’re waterproof! Really! And since they’re lace-ups, they’ll accommodate many calf widths. Love that little wedge heel, the cozy fleece lining, and the contrast stitching.
Baffin Tantra, $109.95
Whew, these are ROCKIN’. Basically a motorcycle boot that’s been bulked up and waterproofed for winter wear. Since these have a zipper, they’re fixed width. Make sure they’ll fit before buying.
Sorel Cate The Great, $159.99 – $200.00
These boots are TALL, so watch out. They’re borderline over-the-knee depending on your leg length, which is fantastic if you live in a truly snowy clime … but since they’re chunky and thick, they have the tendency to hide both ankle and knee curves which results in tree-trunk leg. But worn with pants or leggings, they are so, so, so cute. These were my runner-up boots. Maybe in a few years …
Bogs Rider , $64.38 – $115.95 on sale
If you prefer a sleeker, more Wellington-like design, these Bogs are a good bet. Reviewers say they’ll keep your toes unfroze in subzero temps, and I’ve had dozens of Already Pretty readers tell me that their Bogs are the best.
KEEN Kaci, $160
We all know KEENs are comfy, right? I mean, I love my Sorels, but I can only imagine how fabulous it would be to stalk around Minneapolis up to my knees in waterproof, KEEN comfort. Plus that strap detail? Too cute.
Columbia Bugaice, $114.30 on sale
Since my experience with short snow boots was nothing but frustrating, I was loathe to include a pair. One ornery snowbank or false step, and you’ve got a boot full of wetness. But I realize the rest of my selections are pretty darned tall, so these Columbias get my vote if you insist on a lower profile. They’ve got a hint of hiking boot to them, but such chic details. And get a load of those contrast laces.
These are all expensive, I hear you saying? Why, yes they are. Since the person writing this post has lived most of her life in places that get MASSIVE snow dumps (Chicago, upstate New York, Minnesota), she firmly believes that quality snow boots are worth the dough. If you’re looking for warmth, comfort, waterproof-ness, AND style in a snow boot, you’re gonna have to shell out. If you skimp and buy a $40 pair, you’re most likely going to get a stylish, warm pair that isn’t quite waterproof and lacks in the comfort department. I’m just sayin’.
Now, if your current pair can tide you over for the rest of this winter, here’s my advice: Start roaming around Amazon and 6pm.com in late February and early March. I’d bet my bottom dollar that ALL of these styles will be on sale for deep discounts, since the fashion world will be all about sandals by then.
Do you look for style AND functionality when shopping for winter boots? Own any of these styles, and care to share your feedback? Any other brands and styles to recommend? Share links in the comments, if you’ve got ‘em!
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