I picked up a brand new pair of suede over-the-knee boots last weekend (which I adore and they were a steal), which led me to thinking about the best boots for colder, snowier, and sometimes slushier parts of the world. Like Alberta, where the temperature is currently a balmy -30 Celsius with the windchill (ugh).
Boots are a winter necessity, and stylish ones are so important for keeping us northern fashionistas feeling stylish AND comfortable. Let’s face it; in Canada, we spend months and months and months wearing boots to stay warm and dry, so having more than one pair is pretty much necessary (at least that’s my argument and I’m sticking to it!). But they don’t have to be heavy snow boots to keep the weather at bay – sometimes, you just need a solid sole and good construction to stay toasty warm and look fantastic while you do it.
So with these thoughts in mind, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite boots you can try out this season, including some iconic styles and some newer favourites, like my latest acquisition (pictured above).
Over-the-knee boots are everywhere these days, from the high-end Stuart Weitzman versions that started it all, to budget friendly styles at your local Forever 21. I have three pairs and I wear them a lot because they keep your feet AND your legs warm and comfortable. I love them with denim and leggings for casual looks and with dresses and skirts for something a bit more elegant. Suede is probably the most popular material of choice and is my preference, though two of my pairs re budget-friendly fabric versions and they do the job quite nicely. Just be sure to protect your suede boots with a good spray-on protector designed for suede shoes and boots to ensure that salt stains and other seasonal messes don’t ruin them. My favourite picks for over the knee boots include:
No, the SW versions are not cheap, but they are a great investment piece if you are interested in them, as this style is not going anywhere fast! The Sole Society Andie boots are a great budget-friendly alternative, as are the Aldo Jeffres boots, which are currently on sale (mine, pictured above, are the Khaki version, which is a brownish-olive shade and super versatile).
Knee-high boots, most commonly styled as riding boots are always a fantastic choice. They can be styled similar to otk boots, and can look refined or more casual, depending on how you choose to wear them. This style of boot also looks incredibly cute with a casual dress and over-the-knee boots socks. A great knee-high boot can also work well in the warmer months, adding to their versatility. Some styles I adore (including my most-worn and loved cognac boots) include:
I have the SE Penny boots in both Black and Whiskey and wear the on a regular basis throughout the year. The leather is buttery soft and they fit even wider calves (like mine) perfectly. The Sole Society Hawn boot is another lovely but sturdy version available in great colours and at a perfect price point for leather/suede boots. The ED Ellen DeGeneres boots are new to me, but I really love the style and shape of these riding boots. You pretty much can’t go wrong with any of these stylish boots.
Winter and Rain Boots
Ok, so these are a necessity for when it really storms or when the spring melt starts. Fortunately, winter boots have come a long way in terms of style and the warmth/dryness factor, which is pretty fantastic. While a blizzard calls for snow boots, those slushy days that can pop up are better served by a good pair of rain boots. My favourite styles in this category include:
I love the slightly sleeker design of the Hunter Original Refined boots, which will no doubt become a blogger favourite pretty quickly. The Joules boots are downright adorable and girl (seriously, those bows!). For snowy days, you cannot go wrong with the lined Maine Hunting Boots, which are a bit taller than traditional LL Bean boots. Sorel’s have a well-deserved reputation for keeping feet warm and dry, and I love the bootie style of the Out ‘n Abouts. One quick note about rubber rain boots like Hunter and Joules – do not wear these when the temperature is below 0 Celsius (34 Fahrenheit), or you run the risk of them cracking, especially around the soles, which you do not want. It pretty much defeats the purpose of wearing rain boots of your feet are getting wet!
What are your favourite boots styles? Do you hate that the colder months mean wearing boots or do you love the change from wearing your favourite heels or ballet flats all day? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. And in the meantime, stay warm and dry my friends, because the cold weather isn’t going anywhere any time soon!
Enjoy the pretty things in life,