Well, it's official, winter is here! And what does that mean? Stalled streetcars, wet snow, foundation all over my scarves, double layers and snug winter boots. Since I live in the city, I don't always need to wear hardcore winter boots, I've already got a pair of Sorels for the really sludgy days, but I do need a few boots to rotate in and out and it's time for a new pair.
Here are some winter boots I'm eye-balling!
Kodiak - Surrey in Brown
Kodiak is one of those legendary, iconic Canadian companies that has produced hard-working products for over a hundred years. When you buy Kodiak you KNOW you're getting some rugged, quality craftsmanship, and oh yeah, did I mention? They're adorable! I love the look of the Surrey with the felted wool collar, the red laces and the wooden heel peeking out. You know your feet are in good... hands with Kodiak!
Price: $179 at Get Outside
Cougar - Pillow in Tan
I've not owned a pair of Cougar boots since I was a kid, and even then they were hand-me-downs! Yet another stylish Canadian brand, Cougar has over 60 years of experience shielding Canadian's feet from the cold, and the Pillow style is a throw-back to their styles from a few decades ago, but still fashionable enough to wear today. Also? Warm, warm, warm!
Price?$200 at Gravity Pope
Sorel - Tivoli High II in Peatmoss
While I currently have a pair of Sorel boots, they're one of the smaller shin-high ones, which doesn't exactly offer the versatility needed in a winter boot. Since I don't have a tall winter boot at all right now, I took a look at the taller options out there and it seems that nobody does it better than Sorel. I like the Tivoli II because it comes in a variety of classic styles and colours and the Peatmoss is different looking enough to attract the eye. Construction-wise, I especially like the higher heel. Since I'm a bit clumsy, I usually avoid winter boots with a flat bottom to help me with traction and to avoid any unneccessary slips and falls.
Price?$170 at Sorel
Timberland - Teddy Fleece in Blue
For the last year I've been hemming and hawing over buying a pair of Timberlands. I found a gorgeous limited edition purple pair last year and passed on them, and have regretted it every since! While this isn't the warmest of the shoes listed here, I think the Teddy Fleece may be a good bet because it had that inner lining to keep my toes warm but not TOO warm, so it'll have a longer lifespan throughout the year than some of the other boots above. I also like the midnight blue colour because it has a little more personality than the black on black, or the tan options.
Price?$140 at Browns Shoes
Icebug - Meribel Bugshoe
The new kid on the block when it comes to winter boots, Icebug is a Swedish company established in 2001 that offers a variety of rugged winterized boots that also have a dash of style. I would NEVER consider a white boot, or at least I thought so, until I saw this pair. Images of ski resorts flashed in my head and I dreamed of being a ski-bunny in a chalet! Who knows, maybe a white boot is right for me after all?
Price? $170 at Winterfootwear.com
Do you currently have a favourite pair of winter boots? Or are you currently wet and miserable in a pair of Uggs? Which of these would you pick?