Our streets are nasty in the winter. The sidewalks will soon be coated with salt, dirt and chemicals used to melt away the slippery surfaces. The temperature often fluctuates giving us a challenging range from sheets of ice to slushy mess in a matter of days. There’s no getting around it.  Hey, let’s face it, it’s just part of our lives now. We’re use to it, aren’t we?

But we’re always looking for footwear that can give us extra comfort, warm and grip through the winter months. Style is a bonus! Here are our favourites of the season…

Merrell Tremblant Tall Boot: Designed for frozen winters and fierce women. This boot takes on cold conditions with a super-comfortable, low-bulk insulation and a waterproof lining. The M Select Dry technology seals out water but let’s moisture escape. Also, the M Select GRIP outsole tuned for winter optimizes traction. The faux fur collar makes this a stylish option for the city and weekend getaways.  This style comes in Merrell Oak and  Black.

Olang  is known for their winter boots with the added feature of discreet turn key gripping feature. The boots also include wool lining, breathable insulating film, a waterproof membrane and comfort zone up to -30°C. The newest styles now come with lab tested Vibram Arctic Grip to provide unprecedented grip on wet ice. This Olang Ontario Rosso style is our new favourite and comes in red, white or black.

Tecnica Forge Winter GTX WS: Specifically designed for women, the fit and performance of this particular style offers female trekkers the ultimate experience for long days on the trail. The innovative technology is built around a fully anatomical women’s specific “last”. This last is built around the shape of the female foot with reduced volume in the heel, forefoot and instep areas as well as women specific positioning of the malleolar pads. The C.A.S. customizable footbed (see site for available fitting locations) is also pre-shaped on a women’s last further enhancing the performance and comfort. The customization is done in-store in about 20 minutes and helps to fine-tune the fit especially addressing those who need more foot and heel hold eliminating the pain and blistering that results from shoes that are not lasted for women. Equipped with Vibram Arctic Grip, representing the most advanced cold-weather gripping system. Great for those catch-your-breath and explore hiking escapes.

 

Vans’ MTE offering is the SK8-Hi MTE 2.0 DX – an update to the weatherized version of this classic silhouette. The already-impressive weatherproof upper is now engineered with easy-on and-off tongue and heel pulls, and a rubber toecap for added durability. With the Vans’ MTE 360 heat retaining technology, feet keep warm and dry, and sees the addition of the UltraCush molded drop-in sock liner and added Achilles cushioning. The shoe is finished off with a rugged boot lug MTE sole for ultimate traction – the result of 20 years of experience in the snow boot game. Ideal for those casual days of running errands and rushing to off to the gym.

 

KEEN Terradora Ankle Insulated Waterproof Boots: With their sneaker-like fit and lightweight quilted uppers the Terradora don’t feel like your average insulated boots. Includes KEEN technology that makes them waterproof, breathable, a heat sheild footbed that captures and reflects body heat, supportive EVA midsole for lighweight comfort, and KEEN.Freeze rubber outsole that offers better traction. This style comes in Merlot and Black.