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The Best Winter Boots

When rain, sleet, snow, snow and more snow are in the forecast, the question you’re likely asking is: What shoes are best for this mess?

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… And this, my friends, is a game you will rarely (if ever) win at.

For most of us, today’s post could just as easily be titled: How dafuq do you protect your feet from the polar vortex?

East Coast or not, though, you’re probably dealing with some form of mild rain, frequent flurries or snowstorms of epic proportions. Thus, one thing is for sure: Weather-proof boots are a must.

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Ah, February.

Despite yesterday’s high-heel walking conditions (exercised with caution, of course), it seems that the polar vortex is boomeranging its way back to us this weekend.

Finding a pair of shoes fit for inclement weather isn’t fun. In fact — yesterday, I almost broke out my (gasp) Uggs.

Yeah, I said it. I SAID IT!

I have an all-black pair from approximately a billion years ago, and you know what? I kind of miss them. Some days when I’m around the apartment, I embrace their (and my) inherent basic and  wear them proudly. With fleece-lined leggings and a chunky knit? Come on — so perfect. Naptime chic.

I think we can all agree our once-beloved Ugg boots have gone through a little mid-life crisis. (… Same.) But if you think about it, Birkenstocks made their triumphant return to the fashion scene last summer, so perhaps it’s only natural that Uggs will do the same this winter.

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All right, calm down. Don’t shun me. I know you’re secretly warming up to the idea…

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Judging by your comments and feedback from this post earlier in the week, it seems there’s one thing we an all agree on: Shopping for snow boots causes one serious headache.

With the back-ordered L.L. Bean Boot nowhere to be found, it’s clear that there’s a demand for stylish and durable winter boot acquisition.

Thus, in lieu of today’s link love, I’m rounding up an array of this season’s best weather-proof boots — ones that you’ll actually want to wear.

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And don’t worry, non-Ugg wearers — if you can’t fathom slipping your feet into the slouchy shearling boots (in public, anyway), I’ve got some alternatives for you.

(Here are the best boots to slip your feet in this winter:
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If you’re looking for more specific shopping assistance, here’s a few suggestions:

  • Sorel is my favorite snow boot brand (these, specifically), but they can be hard to come by. Baffin is another great option with a very similar aesthetic — this white pair is super-sharp.
  • These Northface boots are cute, and they have a cool roll-down feature. All of their winter gear is great — period.
  • Bogs is a great alternative to Hunter boots. Their classic high-handle boots are 100% vegan (and waterproof) and they stretch, so they’re easy to get on and off.
  • I recently discovered Khombu, a brand that’s all about fashion for the elements (i.e. weather). They have a dead-ringer for the Duck Boot!
  • Teva’s have always been synonymous with sandals for me, but I was surprised to find that they make super-cute boots, too.
  • These Kamik boots are at the top of my list.  They’re fashion meets function waterproof, two-tone quilted nylon package.

*Shop winter boots from… Zappos | Nordstrom

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