Before the crazy cold settles in around New York City—I'm talking about those single-digit days (it was -1 degrees on Valentine's Day in 2016!)—take a look at the shoes in your closet.
Do you have sturdy, waterproof boots? Sleek, block-heeled boots? What about toasty, fleece-lined 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 hailing, a big part of our transportation is our sweet little feet! So finding comfortable options that keep you warm and look good is a must. 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 Boots
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 they keep your feet dry when you have to wade through major slush puddles to get to work in the morning. They somehow manage to be preppy and tough-looking at the same time, too, which I love. (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: The duck boots above are the Raven Blue style. Also try this, this, and this.
2. The Pointy, Block-Heeled Boots
Why you need a pair: A simple pair of cool black ankle boots go with everything and anything. 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 Boots
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 fleece-lined boots to keep your toes toasty. I love wearing these desert-style ones (above, from H&M) to go for a walk or run errands on days off (these totally go with your off-duty, 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