I admit, for many years (6 to be exact) Uggs were my go-to winter boots. Yes, I know you may be thinking to yourself “and she calls herself a fashion expert?” We all make fashion mistakes and I apologize for this one. Hey at least I’m honest, right?
Although that nice shearling interior might seem cozy, when you’re trekking through snow and slush these boots are bound to get soaked…which they did…leaving my feet cold, wet and sad. So why did I continue to buy them for so many years? This question remains unanswered.
In Chicago, we’re all about practicality when it comes to fashion but I think this is a combination everyone can benefit from (except if you’re in LA, then you can continue wearing your flip flops in December and we’ll all hate you for it).
If you’re still confused on the formula, rain boots for Winter are where it’s at. Thankfully, designers have gotten crafty and we no longer have to resort to those shiny rubber monsters. Most of the styles I chose below don’t even look like rain boots, and that’s always a plus. They are actually water proof (no need for that Ugg spray that really doesn’t do anything) so you can wear them any time of year. No more sopping wet fur (because wet fur is not fun). And while we’re at it, maybe this can be an excuse to ditch your North Face fleece as well. We all know that uniform…and it’s not a good one.
To keep warm, there are plenty of thick sock options out there that go beyond the popular welly socks. Just be sure to wear something thicker than a white gym sock because that will defeat the entire purpose of this post. Remember the formula: rain boots + warm socks are the much superior option to Uggs and things that look like Uggs.
So if you’re like me and live in a place that’s cold 9 months out of the year, pick out some good rain boots and stock up on wool socks. Trust me, walking through dirty slush knowing your shoes will survive is the best feeling ever (besides scoring Jil Sander for under $200, thats a good feeling too).