It’s freezing outside. Full-on, brrrr-cold freezing outside. Hey, when you’re already facing temperatures in the teens in mid-December, you’re allowed to be dramatic. In fact, preparation can be fun! Despite the fact that we moved to DC last winter during a blizzard, I stuck it out until spring with the one pair of (heeled, unsuitable-for-ice) boots that life in previously warmer climates required. Can you see where I’m going with this? By the time winter weather rolled around this year, I was ready for it. Enter my cold-weather footwear upgrades:
Cole Haan Air Chatham Rain Boots
I loooove my rain boots. I’ve already sloshed around yucky cold rain with them, just waiting for the day when they’ll plow through snow and ice with ease. I adore the look of them, too – the tweed on top is perfectly me. Despite the fact that another pair of Cole Haans in this apartment inches us dangerously closer to being “That Cole Haan Couple,” I love these things to pieces.
Frye Archie Hikers
I bought a pair of brown leather boots from JCrew when I went off to college in Boston years and years ago, and I wore those shoes out. I had them re-soled twice in ten years, that’s how much I loved them. I finally (with tears!) gave up on them in Dallas and have been searching for replacements ever since. Enter Frye with these fantastic boots that somehow seem perfectly “me” and timeless all at once.
Not-yet-purchased Furry Fabulous Boots
My next purchase in the warm and practical footwear category is going to be something furry and fabulous, for days as cold as today when there’s also inches of snow and ice on the ground. Any of these would fit the bill fabulously, don’t you think? And while we’re at it (and as a nod to furry black or gray boots that might be out there)….
Eddie Bauer Slope Side Down Parka
…I think this parka would be fantastic on those bitter days when my pretty wool coats and scarves won’t cut it.
Oh, how times change… at one point my delicate open-toed stilettos were my prized shoe possessions, but these days I’m prioritizing all things sturdy, waterproof, and decidedly un-shiny! Cold weather veterans out there (Chicago girls, I’m looking at you): any tips on looking cute and staying warm at the same time?