Pumped Up Kicks For Cold Weather
Snowy days and wind-chilled nights in the city make for tough times, especially when you have to venture outdoors. Proper outerwear is essential, but the right boots can make those treks an absolute breeze. Keep your feet warm this winter with some of today’s hottest, most rugged, and most durable brands of footwear.
A great pair of boots is important when navigating the cold, but take time to stock up on some hearty wool socks this year as well. Many retailers will have these on offer, so take necessary precautions to stay comfortable and warm. Your arches are also important, so if you suffer from flat feet, get yourself some insoles to support and soften things up a bit.
Sorel (354 W. 14th St.)
Canadian bootery Sorel has been storming its way through the biting cold since 1962. Whether you’re looking for protection during a heavy blizzard or a rainy Manhattan afternoon, Sorel’s got top-notch kicks with your name on them. The men’s Madison Wing Tip dapper boots are ideal for that European-style wet weather look or if you decide to get away for the weekend for a hike in The Catskills. For something even more hearty, slip into a pair of the Caribou Wool Boots, a completely waterproof set of footwear that’s lined with super-warm wool inside. The women’s Joan of Arctic boots bear a super-sexy silhouette with a spray of fur lining. Storm your way through the snow in a pair of these, showing that you mean stylish business.
Ugg (600 Madison Ave.)
A trendsetting true north for cold weather shoes, Ugg has become the providence of comfort seekers with a flair for style. Famous for its signature sheepskin boots for both men and women, the company was launched in California by Australian surfer Brian Smith and his business partner, Doug Jensen. This season slide into a pair of the Men’s Neumel Woolwich Donegals, which are visually a departure from what people have come to know from the Ugg brand. A chocolatey brown leather heel and toe showcase a tweedy side panel. For the ladies this season, slide into a pair of the dainty Bailey Bows. An adorable twist on Ugg’s usual fair, they bear two elegant ribbons tied into delicate bows on the back of the shaft. If you’re a bit more of a traditionalist, Twinface is the company’s iconic classic boot, complete with the wool insole, and its Twinface suede collection is available in chestnut, chocolate, gray, and black.
Timberland (28 W. 34th St.)
The Timberland Company’s devotion to sturdy, well-made footwear has taken them from a small Massachusetts shop to the international market, where the brand enjoys the kind of success that entrepreneurs dream of. Its Tenmile Waterproof Boots, which come in either a sienna brown or a deep burnt umber, feature premium leather and a tall, six-inch shaft to keep the chill away. An environmentally aware company, Timberland has constructed these bad boys with TimberDryTM, which is an eco-conscious waterproof membrane, made from 50% PET (recycled plastic bottles). Another badass offering is the Men’s Chillberg Tall Insulated Waterproof Boot in black. Resilient, warm, and waterproof, these are sleek snow boots made to last. The women’s Willowood Waterproof Boots are a tall, elegant reimagining of the feminine snow boot. Almost like armor, these cosmopolitan chic lace- ups feature swirling stitching all along their suede exterior.
Clarks (993 3rd Ave.)
A dashing and elegant alternative to the chunky boots offered by their competitors, Clarks has a dressier series of winter footwear available this season. Known for its dapper chukkas and loafers, there are also some super- warm waders for sale. Case in point is the Montacute Lord boot, a gorgeous hybrid of a wingtip dress shoe and a rugged boot. Available in both chestnut and dark tan leather, they’re a stylish change of pace from the usual drab offerings for men in the colder months. As an added bonus to keep your toes nice and toasty, the fuzzy textile lining and rubber sole will reliably stave off the elements. For something a bit posher, its Desert Boot is an international classic, available in a wide variety of colors. It’s a suede ankle boot with a cozy hairsheep lining. For women, the Mazlyn West Black Leather Combis are a weather- ready, graceful, durable way of protecting yourself from the elements this season. With an air of futuristic style, they feature both a zip and a lace-up option.