… And how I got over my aversion to them. (Plus, this entire look for less!)
If you live in a cold-weather climate, you know… A good pair of snow boots are worth the splurge — especially if you want them to last through a few seasons.
Now, I’ll admit: I’ve been adverse to bulky-looking boots in years-past (and coats, in all honesty), but ever since I decided it was time to upgrade from wearing Ugg boots outdoors, I’ve seen the light.
… And no, seriously — it took me a few years post-grad to retire that ol’ college-style North Face jacket. You know the one.
Some of ya’ll were calling it a ‘Fracket’ (frat jacket) during our social media discussion of this… I’ve never laughed harder — never heard that!
(Did I just age myself?)
There’s a certain magic that comes with having warm, dry feet despite wet, wintry weather conditions. Isn’t there?
(“No shit, Sherlock.”)
Yeah, I know.
I’m preachin’ to the choir on this, aren’t I? (My Chicago girls especially… Ha!)
As mentioned, these are the old-school Sorel 1964 classics, but as an FYI, the brand also make a warmer shearling style and a shorter ankle-boot style in the same color variety. The Caribou Slim boot is also worth browsing — especially if you’ve been or are adverse to bulky winter boots, like I used to be.
… And if you’re all about maximizing that warmth, check out their taller, classic Joan of Arc style — Zappos has ’em on sale.
(I’d suggest getting your regular shoe size, not sizing up — they run true-to-size if not slightly large.)
Of course, these are my go-to for early gym commutes and the like. Most recently, though, I wore ’em with a cotton-blend sweater, puffer vest and a less-than-$50 pair of dark-wash denim on a random afternoon jaunt to a local Christmas tree farm with Jess.
If only to prove to myself that snow boots can be kinda chic. (Even the lot’s manager complimented me on them, actually — ha!)
I’ve never actually been to a Christmas tree farm before this year (as an adult, at least). Crazy, right?
Get the look:
If you’ve been an AOT (c+c) reader for a while, you know I love a good vest. I’ve had mine (by The North Face) for two years now — which makes it worthy of the moderate price tag, in my opinion. (They make a similar insulated down-vest for under $100, too.)
Since a good black puffer vest can be hard to come by, I’ve linked some additional styles below — all under $100. Just scroll & click to shop.
Shop black puffer vests under $100:
Oh, and Old Navy has a few cute, colorful styles on sale for less than $15. I’m not sure how warm they are, but shit — they’re $13!
Shop white sweaters under $100:
These boots were made for walkin’ — even in the harshest of Chicago conditions.
Which means I really have to stop Ubering freakin’ everywhere. Haha.
Any winter weather must-haves in your closet you’d care to share?
(As a reminder, you can shop all of my winter essentials & accessories here… I update this page on a weekly basis, so bookmark that bitch.)
*Get the look:
Black Puffer Vest: The North Face (in three colors)
White pullover sweater: rag & bone (similar here under $60)
Dark grey denim: 7FAM high-waist jeans (similar here under $50)
Burnt orange blouse: H&M (similar here)
Winter boots: Sorel 1964 classic boots
Sunglasses: Le Specs ‘The Prince’ aviators
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