Not to get all Game of Thrones on you, but winter is coming. As quickly as we got our fall fashion in order, stores are rolling out parkas and mittens. While it may be depressing, it’s not a bad thing. It’s always best to be prepared. Nowhere is that more true than with footwear in the snowy, slushy months ahead.
Earlier in the year, we established that it’s worth it to spend more money on quality shoes. This is especially true when we’re talking about winter footwear. While it’s not against any rules to wear stilettos at work in December, walking through the parking lot in them is not the best idea. You’re going to need functional boots to help you keep your footing, whether you’re trudging through the parking lot or playing outside with your kids.
Functional boots can be fashion-forward, too. To prove it, we’ve aggregated some of our favorites into this winter-tastic list for you.
Wear to Work
When you’re selecting footwear for work, you want them to look and actually be of high quality. The quality is especially important when you’re selecting work-appropriate winter boots, as they’ll see their fair share of wear and tear from the elements.
For that reason, our pick for wear to work is Camper’s MIL 44813-026. Made with the highest quality materials, they’re built to last as long as you take good care of them. The shoe is a beautiful, insulated leather, and the sole is rubber, making them both fashionable and safe to wear in the elements. They come to the knee, protecting your feet and looking professional at the same time.
Wear to Play
Whether you’re building a snowman with your kids or snowmobiling with friends, you’re going to want something heavy duty to keep the snow out and keep your toes nice and toasty. Our pick for outdoor winter play is Baffin Chloe Boots from Duluth Trading Company. They’re suede and fur, making you look adorable while you’re romping around in the snow. But the suede serves a double purpose: aside from looking cute, it’s also waterproof. The soles are rubberized, giving you that extra grip, and the boots come with a removable lining that protects your toes down to -40 degrees fahrenheit.
Who says men’s boots can’t be functionable and fashionable at the same time? Converse has taken up the issue with their Chuck Taylor All Star Tekoa Boot. This two-toned sneaker boot combines the All Star style with measures for dryness, warmth, and durability so the man in your life will have the practical taken care of alongside the fashionable.
Quality Doesn’t Mean Dropping Your Paycheck
While any of these brands will cost you more than what you could find at discount retailers, that doesn’t mean you can’t still make efforts to save some serious bucks on your purchase. Shop sales. Use promo codes. And once you have a pair of quality boots that you like, follow care instructions so they will last for years to come.