September 2, 2013

The Winter Boot Dilemma

Okay, let me preface this by saying I know it's early to be talking about winter boots, but keep in mind that 1. I like to be prepared, and 2. I live in a place where it starts snowing in October.

My Hunter Original Gloss Boots are from Saratoga Saddlery, which was the only place I could find violet boots in my size at. Zappos carries a large selection of colors and styles, too, so long as you buy before winter sets in. The problem is that even with the liners (which I have), the boots are just too thin and poorly insulated to keep my toes warm in the winter. So, if you live in a cold place, I highly suggest you keep your rain boots for rain, and not for snow.

Consequently, I'm on the search for some new winter boots. The problem is there are so many styles that I love.

First, the Ugg Adirondack Tall Boots. They have great reviews and are fully lined with shearling, too. At $325, they are definitely the most expensive option, so the question is, are they really worth it? And how long will they hold up for? Lord knows I am not easy on my footwear.

Second, the totally reliable L.L. Bean 10" Boots, with the added bonus of a shearling lining, in the less traditional colors of all black or all dark brown. They come in at $170, so not cheap, but with L.L. Bean's lifetime warranty, I'm sure they'll be worth it.

I really like the Sorel Conquest Boot, but word on the street (or at least the reviews) is that it's more fashion than function: there isn't much, if any liner and your toes can definitely get pretty chilly. At $220, I don't think it will be worth the price to have another pair of fashionable but non-winter functional boots. Time for an ebay search!

I am really loving the Signature L.L. Bean Wool Houndstooth Boot. There is even room for the shearling liner! The problem is that it's so nice I don't think I could actually wear it in the snow - it would end up being more of a dress boot for me. Maybe I'll get these boots for my usual commute to work and the L.L. Bean Thinsulate 8" Boots for tramping around in the snow and slush.

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