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Just like you can never own too many jeans, you can never own too many boots.
Canadian weather drives this sentiment home, as witnessed by the current wintery conditions being experienced across the country. It certainly throws a lot at us, and that requires some fancy footwork – and rugged stuff, too – to carry you from work to play.
From Chelsea boots to ready-for-anything ankle boots in metallic and fuzzy finishes, getting outside never looked or felt so good – there’s no need to sacrifice style to stay warm.
“Footwear is fun this winter,” says personal stylist Renee Lindo, at letsgetdressednow.com. “There are so many different types of footwear that are having their moments, you are sure to see something that resonates with your personal style.”
Changing your footwear is one of the easiest ways to update your outfit and score style points, says Lindo. So go bold in the cold!
Research reports that we are analyzed from the ground up, and what we wear on our feet provides a reliable source of information. “Participants accurately judged the age, gender, income, and attachment anxiety of shoe owners based solely on the pictures,” reports one study.
Stylish boots may look fabulous – but will they keep the cold and slush from seeping in and making a wintry walk pure misery? Are you confident you won’t slip on icy surfaces?
Best to invest in a good pair of winter boots that are strong, solid, warm, and grippy, notes Prevention.com. And make sure they fit well, say the foot experts. Priya Parthasarathy, D.P.M., is a podiatrist based in Silver Spring, Md., and a spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), recommends one should look for boots with a rounded toe and a wider toe box.
“While you want them to be snug, it’s important that they’re not too tight – your toes should be able to wiggle,” says Parthasarathy on Prevention.com.
It’s also crucial to look at a boot’s stability: “A style that crosses the ankle can provide extra stability, which can be helpful on uneven or slippery surfaces. Knee-high boots may be necessary for anyone trudging through very deep snow,” adds Jane Andersen, D.P.M., a podiatrist based in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Prevention.com.
Boots should be sturdy, cozy, with a cushioned insole to support the heel and the foot’s arch. And they should be impenetrable to any winter wonderland.
And stylish! So don’t just walk on by, step it up with on-trend looks for winter:
Metallics: Wave bye-bye to dull and calm – carry on with some shiny shine! “Silver, golds, pewter and even colours with a metallic finish are selling out everywhere,” says Lindo.
“From knee-high gold and silver and ankle-height boots, to pumps and strappy sandals, metallics are certainly the look for this winter,” says Lindo.
Warm and fuzzy: Baby, it’s cold outside and getting cozy in sherpa jackets or throws sounds good, and so too winter footwear – fuzziness on the inside and outside thanks to faux shearling.
There’s lots of warm fuzzies flying – lining our clogs, along with entire furry slides and sandals. “Great for a quick morning coffee run, dog walk or dropping the kids off at school,” says Lindo.
Knee-high boots: Lindo’s personal favourite! “Knee-high boots are definitely having a moment, which makes sense – hemlines have been a little higher since the summer, with the micro miniskirt trend.
“Even if the micro mini isn’t your vibe, we are seeing a lot more skirts, so enter the knee-high boot. This height is perfect for knee-length or just below the knee skirts or leather shorts or culottes,” says Lindo, who just got herself chocolate-coloured suede knee-high boots.”
Chelsea boots: These close-fitting, ankle-high boots have an elastic panel on the side, making it easy to slip on a pair. Loaded with versatility and instant pizzazz, this boot never goes out of style making it a great investment. The Chelsea is a classic that comes in all heel heights, sole types and toe shapes.
Great casually with jeans or leggings, or easily elevated for the office. “What I love about the Chelsea style is the simple, clean lines. No zippers or buckles, and they are usually easy to slip on and off,” says Lindo, who loves the Chelsea boot from Geox for its lug sole and streamlined profile.
Slip into some agricultural waste and car seat scraps
Eco-friendly feet are stylish and good for the planet too – like leather shoe uppers made from upcycled car seat scraps and plant-based soles on the Elsa Harvest slip-on by Keen, which is stylish for business casual or casual outings.
Upcycling industrial waste makes for less petrochemical use and less greenhouse gas emissions from landfills is a part of creating consciously, says Kirsten Blackburn, Director of Keen Effect, adding that they’ve eliminated five of six classes of harmful chemicals.
“Some materials, like webbing, is made from recycled post-consumer plastic, reducing the use of virgin materials and keeping plastic bottles out of landfills,” she says.