As a Canadian, it is part of my duty to participate, embrace and endure certain Canadian traditions. I must be able to appreciate real maple syrup, use the term “eh” as often as humanly possible, refer to my winter hat as a toque, love a good hockey game, live off of Tim Hortons, and of course, deal with temperatures well below zero.
Although I write for a fashion website, reoccurring run-ins with frostbite, cold feet and frozen toes have taught me one thing. Jack Frost doesn’t care that you want to look cute. He can be completely relentless and totally tasteless. In the past, warm boots have been mutually exclusive with fashionable boots, and often included the use of a drawstring. Personally, I prefer drawstrings when they are utilized above the waist.
Shivering fashion lovers all over the world can breathe a sigh of relief because the wait is over. Walking around with soggy socks and numb toes, all in the name of fashion, is a thing of the past. Many designers are offering waterproof, insulated and trendy boots that will keep your feet dry and your outfit fierce.
The Sorel Joan of Arctic is a boot that will keep your feet warm down to -25 degrees Celsius (-13 degrees Fahrenheit). A faux fur trim with a handcrafted waterproof rubber shell will help you stand out from the crowd and stay away from damp feet.
All Cougar winter boots are waterproof and are famous for their rubber traction sole. The Valerie is perfect for weather as low as -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit) and is great for people that don’t like to feel bogged down by heavy, clunky boots.
The Nellie by Timberland features an adjustable strap, recycled content, waterproof leather, rustproof hardware and a rubber grip sole. Walk through the snow with confidence, comfort and style.
The Tourelle is a suede waterproof ankle boot that features the famous Hush Puppies incline comfort design. It would be perfect with a pair of wool tights or a lean pair of trousers.
UGG Australia is known for their cute comfortable boots, and the Belcloud lives up to the UGG name. Thanks to the waterproof leather, oiled suede, rubber toe and sheepskin sock liner, your twinkle toes will stay dry all day.
But what about the slush?
Scaredy cat when it comes to water, sleet and slush? The rubber Hunter Andora wedge boot will let you splash through puddles in style. The natural rubber body with quick dry lining are a practical feature of this dressy rain boot.
Originally designed for sailing, Tretorn boots have made their way from the seas to the streets. These boots are a great basic and the insulated faux fur lining is both comfortable and cute.
Go ahead, jump in the biggest puddle you can find and start a neighbourhood snowball fight . With these boots, you don’t have to worry about Mother Nature or Jack Frost ruining your play-date.
Article | Kendra Hagerman