It snowed last night again. Having grown up In Florida and spent a nice adult layover in LA, I got comfortably used to wearing ballet flats (and sandals) every day. I remember the first year we moved here, people would laugh at me, wearing ballet flats in the middle of January, feet cold and wet and the bottoms of my jeans with a two inch band of ice on the bottom from dragging in the snow.
I just couldn’t bring myself to do the snow boot thing, and every pair of boots I liked required a second mortgage. I am saddened and horrified to report that, still, I am in a desperate search for a pair of weather boots that feel and look great and perform….I don’t want to feel like I am wearing 4 pound weights around my legs. I can’t wear skinny jeans with snow clogs. Regular leather boots get wet. Uggs, well, we won’t discuss those on me, nor Merrells.
The biggest issue is that I am finding I need several pair, to perform different tasks, depending on what I am doing and where I am going. There are currently some contenders, but none have met all of my requirements. Below is a list of some of my strongest candidates, but none are a “winner” yet:
1. Hunter Wellies
They are cute and stay dry. However, depending on the style, they can be too tall on the shaft for some of us “height challenged” gals, and the let’s discuss the “socks”! They look cute, but are too big, and they tend to bunch up, creating an annoying feeling of having your foot encased in a hot pillowcase. If the sock could be improved, these would be a favorite.
2. LL Bean Tall-Shearling Lined Boots
They are warm, dry and not-too-tall for the petite crowd. Retro-cool vibe and appearance. However, they occasionally create the feeling and potential appearance that I am wearing some sort of hockey inspired gear on my calves; thick and fat, almost like shin guards, yikes!
3. Nike Gore-Tex Trail Running Shoes
Dry, functional, but nothing to write home about. These are my yoga and the gym go-to. They are not cool looking, like the Nike LunarGlide+2 I wore all summer but they work. Gore-tex is the key to dryness.
4. Coach Leather Flat Boots
Okay, I LOOOVVVEE these! What can I say to describe my feelings about these boots. I have 7 pair. Okay. That says it all. (I wait until Bloomingdale’s has one of those crazy coupon sale events where you feel like you are getting them for free…) In my opinion, they surpass the highest-end designer brands in style and comfort. Chloe, Dior, Prada… can’t touch these Coach boots. I get stopped on the street each time I wear one of my Whiskey colored Coach Riding Boots.
But, as far as the real tough weather boots (that look good), I am at a loss. If anyone has better suggestions for me, please comment! I need help, fast!