As a native Chicagoan I’m no stranger to frigid winter temps or below-freezing wind-chill. I know how to bundle up to stay warm (hint: LAYERS). Having a duffle bag coat (with a hood) is par for the course. As are earmuffs. But when it comes to my feet, the struggle is real. In my experience, warm usually equals bulky or heavy. Try slimming down and you usually lose corresponding degrees of toasty-ness. I speak from experience. A few years ago when a massive blizzard hit the Windy City I tried to go full Arctic and purchased the Sorel Women’s Caribou Boot. And boy was it a mistake. I didn’t walk, I thunked. Not to mention I looked like I was wearing clown shoes, which is a look some of you may be able to pull off but this girl, alas, cannot. The following year I swung to the opposite end of the spectrum, declaring I wouldn’t need more than a pair of Hunter wellies to make it through the Chicago tundra. My frozen toes cursed my stubborn self by the end of the season and I vowed never to repeat my mistake again.
If you’re like me, winter snow boots are probably not considered office-appropriate in your workplace. So I need something sleek and easy to change in and out of. But if sleek = not bulky, and not bulky = not warm, what’s a girl to do? Answer: Field Research. Where to start? The customer reviews. I try to sift through at least ten (if there are that many) substantial ones to gain a sense of what purchasers are saying. Then I head into the field to do some serious trying-on. I also gotta be able to get in and out of them without assistance. That means no intricate laces, snaps, buttons, etc. My three main requirements? Warmth. Comfort. STYLISH. Check out this killer round-up of stylish boots that fit all three bills.
1. Sorel Tivoli II Waterproof Boot
2. Ugg Cecile Waterproof Boot
3. Pajar Iceland Winter Boot
4. Burberry Windmere Boot (splurge)
5. Ugg Chaney Water Resistant Suede Moto Boot
6. Sperry Saltwater Duck Boot