When the cooler weather hits, we can't wait to start wearing all the boots, right? Then it gets REALLY cold and we have no choice but to wear all the boots, so it gets a little less exciting. (Am I the only one who feels that way?!) Before the crazy cold settles in around New York City (or the town or city you're based in), take a look at the shoes in your closet. Do you have sturdy, waterproof winter boots? Sleek, block-heeled boots? What about warm, lined suede boots?
Here's the really important question: Are they comfortable and can you walk in them?
That's why I've created this post specifically for New Yorkers. We walk everywhere. Doesn't matter if it's raining or snowing or rain-snowing or hailing, a big part of our transportation is our sweet little feet! Whether you just moved to New York or you've lived here for years (or you live somewhere that's not NYC), we could all use a little winter shoe update. So here are three must-have boot styles for walking (and also: schlepping) through the inevitable snow, slush, and freezing weather to come.
1. The All-Weather Boot
Why you need a pair: Granted, they might not be the sexiest shoes in creation, but these L.L. Bean Boots are well worth the money. They're comfortable, warm, and keep your feet dry when you have to wade through major slush puddles to get to work in the morning. Ah, c'est la vie de New York! I think they're actually kind of cute and tough-looking at the same time. (P.S. They tend to back-order like crazy, so if you're thinking about buying a pair, order soon—mine took months to arrive!)
Where to find yours: If you don't want to go the L.L. Bean route (the ones I'm wearing here are in Raven Blue), lots of brands make similar styles: try this, this, and this.
2. The Pointy, Block-Heeled Boot
Why you need a pair: With these boots, the main purpose is to look good. When the sidewalks are mostly cleared and you want boots that are sturdy (i.e. no crazy heels or stilettos) and look edgy, go for a block-heeled style like the ones above.
Where to find yours: Try these, these, and these.
3. The Fleece-Lined Boot
Why you need a pair: You know those days where you walk outside and it's like oof? Where it's so unbelievably frigid that it takes your breath away? That's when you need lace-up, fleece-lined boots to keep your toes toasty. I love wearing these ones (above, from H&M) to go for a walk or run errands on days off (these totally go with your weekend, cool-without-trying vibe).
Where to find yours: Try these, these, or these.
Cheers to staying warm in a new pair of wintry boots. Love to you all!
Top photograph by Tom Schelling.