Wednesday, January 4, 2012

{reader request} hoofin' it in the snow...

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a sparkly and joyous and safe celebration, and are kicking off 2012 in grand style. As I write this I'm cozy by the fire at home, enjoying my last few hours in Seattle before I hope on the red-eye back to New York. It seems as prime a time as any to address a note from a reader I received just before the holidays...


I've been in NYC for too many years to not own a great pair of snow boots. I think I remember you posting about these shearling boots from LL Bean. Think they'll be water proof and warm enough for winter? On this rainy and cold NYC night I'm thinking about how to stay cozy and dry this winter. Have any other suggestions?

Just want to keep the tootsies warm!

From, RL"

Dearest RL,
This is indeed a quandry I have gone back and forth with since moving to NYC myself. Last year I wore my knee-high rubber boots with warm socks and called it good, but this year I decided to treat myself to an upgrade. (Honestly last year I had no idea the winter would drag on nearly til May.) Well, rather - I side-stepped over to an LL Bean duck boot. They're not much warmer, but with a wool sock they're cozier than rubber boots and have a much better grip in the snow. (I wore them all week in Sun Valley - and they were perfect.)

From the looks of my Polyvore set above, I'm sure you're thinking, this girl's got a duck boot obsession. And while that might be true, it's with good reason. The rubber toe box will keep your feet dry in the slush, and the laces make the boots easy to get on and off after a long day. Add a little shearling lining - forget about it!

For days when it's cold and dry, why not glam it up a little bit with a warm, lined wedge bootie? Just like the other wedges in your wardrobe, pair these with tights and dresses as well as skinny jeans and oversize sweaters.

The bottom line is this - seek out a boot with grips on the soles, a warm lining and either zippers or laces to make them easy to remove with your fingers are chilled to the bone. A final word of warning? Don't go cheap on your feet this winter, and don't lower yourself to Uggs. You can invest in a functional and cool pair of boots, I know you can. Don't give in to the shapeless, chic-less comfort!


  1. Totally snagged myself some super cute non-slip sperry's with a bright red sole from jcrew. So excited about my feet being warm and fun all at the same time!

  2. Thank you! Someone else who isn't on the 'UGG train' haha. Nice post.

    Kayleigh. x

  3. helpful post! happy new year. :)

  4. I have to go to the snow in February, and these boots are all excellent inspriation. While I can't ignore the fluffy warmth of my Uggs in the kitchen at home, they really don't make the statement I'd like them to! ha. Super fun post.


  5. First of all, I absolutely LOVE my L.L. Bean shearling boots. They are so comfy and stylish! Secondly, although I don't own a pair of these, I've heard great things about them. They look really comfortable, and I love the equestrian look:
    Too bad they're so expensive!!
    Thanks so much for this post-I was just thinking about winter boots this morning.

  6. Love this post! Also, I've got the Sorel Joan of Arctic that I just wore in a blog post on an iced over lake in the mountains that are def comfy, waterproof and offer fantastic traction! They're actually on sale on Nordstrom online for 10% off.

  7. Hi,
    Can I say, as an Australian (home of the original ugg), the debate about ugg's as an outside wear infuriates me. Ugg boots are slippers in my home country (again, we invented them here). It is considered the height of bogan (white trash) chic to wear them anywhere that's not a private property. Don't get me wrong, I love my ugg boots and wear them with pride at home. Where they belong.

    So thank you for this post, it helps the campaign for keeping ugg boots indoors.