Winter can be a bit of a grind, but take the cold out of the equation and winter might just become your new favourite season. Start with your feet. A proper, quality pair of winter boots is a worthwhile investment. Keeping your feet warm is crucial to keeping your entire body warm, and preventing frostbite. When the temps drop to -40 Celsius, frostbite only takes 10 minutes to kick in.
Keep that summer pedicure dream alive, and instead invest in a pair of boots your feet will love. We bring you our favourite finds this season.
WINTER BOOTS MAKE WINTER FOR WINTER FUN
We love this modern look from a Canadian outfit Cougar Boots. The Verona Nylon and Leather Wedge Waterproof Boot with PrimaLoft® ($250) is a fashion-forward look that adds a few inches. The dramatic height keeps your feet stylish and safe from ice and slush, up to a very brisk -24°C. Anti-slip Thermoplastic rubber outsole gives you traction against slips and spills and a polar fleece lining feels like a hug to your heels. Available in Black, and Loden- an army-style green that adds some interest.
Furry, warm, and like a hug for your feet, these toasty Olang Meribel Boots ($320) are sturdy and stylish. Made in Europe, with a completely water-proof base, these boots are meant for walking, hiking or whatever else winter throws at you. Good for temps down to a frigid -30°C, the virgin wool lining and shearling cuff complete the look.
The second you put these beauties on, you feel snug and safe. Outfitted with easy-access flip grips, you won’t miss a step in these boots. These revolutionary grips also boast steel cleats that provide maximum traction, even on ice. As a hockey trainer doing laps on the rink, these boots are unbelievably safe. Also available in Nero (black) and Bordo (Burgundy).
We also love this latest METRIC style from Olang Boots with a hint of platform for that urban look.
MORE CASUAL WINTER BOOTS TO GET YOU FROM A TO B
What they lack in function they more than make in comfort. Ugg is synonymous with hygge-style, sometimes you need a little slip-on situation to run an errand or go to the movies. Enter the Women’s Spaceslider Jersey Bootie ($150). Signature cozy faux fur lines these slipper-style boots that are effortless and easy to wear.
Stylish, lightweight and waterproof are not words that can usually be used together to describe a winter boot suitable for a Canadian winter, but that’s what you get with the Vessi Alta High Top ($210). Easily slipping on the Alta, you’ll be surprised that these feather-light boots can take you through the slush and snow and keep your toes dry. But that’s the unique selling proposition of this Canadian brand. Vessi makes 100% waterproof shoes to get you out in any weather. Based in Vancouver, the founders know wet weather! Men’s and women’s sizes are available in asphalt black and ivory white.
The best part about this boot? They feel like you’re wearing your favourite kicks rather than a solid winter boot. I’ve been known to sacrifice style over function, but with the Alta, you can have both. They’re also vegan-friendly.
Stay tuned this winter for more fashion and functional looks that’ll keep you warm season after season.