There are winters when we get tons of snow. Pretty…until after Christmas when it becomes a grey slushy mess here in Toronto for months that never seem to end. Then there are winters where we don’t get too much of the white stuff but we still walk cautiously for the spots of sheet ice. There’s nothing like a grown woman slipping on her ass on the sidewalk. Bruises for days too. Winter is here but it won’t stop us!  It’s time to round up some of the best boots of the season!

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Merrell Arctic Grip with Vibram Technology:  We had the opportunity to test them out at the RateMyTread.com research and testing centre a few months ago. This testing centre created an icy surface with the ability to incline for true grip testing. The results were very assuring. The soles of the boot withstand the slippery slope that gave us reassurance. Not only that, the boot is waterproof, warm and comfortable and not too clunky. M Select™ WARM lightweight, low bulk 200 grams insulation keeps you comfortable and the Conductor™ Fleece lining for added warmth. Merrell is actually touring the country now to prove how steady you can be on these boots. Styles available for men and women. We tested out the shorter casual style: Aurora 6 Ice+ Waterproof 

Columbia Sportswear : We brought these stylish, warm and lightweight boots to Iceland last December. Great for travel (as they aren’t heavy or bulky) and super cute for urbanites looking for something that doesn’t make you feel like Sasquatch! This sleek lace up boot has a patented thermal-reflective lining for full insulation to keep you toasty warm. Waterproof and breathable. We tested out the Heavenly Organza II Omni-Heat Boot

OLANG: This boot from Italy are the original makers of the bottom turn-key cleated grip boots that have a built in “pivoting”mechanism to help keep you grounded. The key comes separately, you just need to remember to carry it with you to adjust back indoors to not ruin floors. Great concept for people who like that spiky option for peace of mind. The rated comfort zone takes this boot to even -30C. The brand has many styles and colours to choose from and some are even fashionable for nights out with wedge heels. We tested out the Olang Venere 

SOREL: The construction on this hint of holiday gold has Sorel’s latest waterproof technology with a breathable membrane. This Women’s Tofino II Holiday Boot style is as sophisticated as you can outdoors with winter boots — also has a fix fur cuff and microfleece lining to keep your toes warm.