Help! California girl living in the East Coast and no clue on winter shoes!!

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

I went from SF to living in Chicago for 3 years. I found out the hard way (literally) that I needed shoes with good traction for icy streets. I got LL Bean boots and highly recommend any of them that have some kind of grippy outsole: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/506711?page=womens-winter-boots&nav=s2e-474

They’re definitely not the cutest or most fashionable things in the world, but they’re well made, my feet were toasty, and I never slipped again. I would usually keep a pair of cute indoor shoes at school and then I would change out of the boots into them once I got inside for the day. So I especially didn’t care that they weren’t cute since I only wore them while getting from point A to point B.

Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wear Uggs or sneakers to commute during the winter, and change into heels when I get into the office.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I live in the Midwest. At work I like to wear low-heeled shoes so my feet don’t get wet if I step in some snow. If I wear a skirt, I wear tights and knee high black boots. Some people also wear Uggs outside and then change into their regular shoes when they get inside. 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Any sneakers or Ugg-type boots.  Winters are pretty annoying here, and I often have the shoe problem myself, and I’ve lived here my whole life!  I buy Bearpaw boots.. They get the job done, are nice and warm, but aren’t as expensive as Uggs, so you feel less guilty when they are covered in snow, haha. Good luck, stay warm!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

ADiamondInTheRough:  Hey! I live in NYC, so it’s colder than where you are and we walk everywhere. I think you need two pairs of boots- one for when it is cold but dry, and one for when it is actually snowing/wet. For snow I wear Carolinas and for dry cold I wear Pikolinos. They’re both pretty heavy duty, but as I said I live in NYC so I walk like 7 miles a day. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I live with snow at least six months of the year and wear North Face boots. I’d rather wear UGGS but they don’t do well on ice or compacted snow. I’ve fallen twice wearing UGGS on the ice and won’t chance it anymore.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

blue996:  +1. The traction on my Uggs just wasn’t good enough on icy streets. My Uggs also got pretty damaged from getting wet all the time, and given how expensive they are, I didn’t want to have to get a new pair too soon.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m also from California, i live about 5 minutes away from the beach here in SoCal. My fiancee lives in eastern Canada and I go to visit him every winter for the past 4 years! The good news is that you can technically get away with just wearing sneakers, especially when there isn’t much snow on the ground. I would invest in a nice pair of heeled boots though. Ones that aren’t “flat” on the bottom are your best choices because it will give you much more traction when sidewalks are slippery. I think most people have a pair of snow boots that they wear during their commute to work, and then when they get to work they change into a more appropriate pair of shoes and store their boots in a locker or at their desk. There are some really cute shoes available now for snow days that do a really great job at keeping out the cold and the snow. Timberland has some good snow shoes. But in general, just look for something that isn’t flat on the bottom, and something that will cover your foot to atleast your ankle. Have fun in the snow! It’s always my second favorite part of visiting canada in the winter! (First will always be fiancee ;))

EDIT: I recently bought these. I don’t normally wear heeled stuff but I really wanted a pair of boots and hate the way flat boots look! http://www.modcloth.com/shop/shoes-boots/street-style-fashion-show-bootie-in-black

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by  ceimi.
Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I live with at least a few feet of snow and couldn’t survive without all my Uggs!  I wear them into work and switch to heels. If my outfit calls for something cuter without the hassle of changing I have a couple pairs of heeled boots/booties. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

blue996:  +2! Not a fan of Uggs. Love my Northface boots! Or really, anything Northface… Columbia ticked me off a few years ago so I won’t buy from them. I’m from Michigan, and we have snow from November to April. I waterproof my boots on top of what’s already on them. Wet feet = cold feet. And traction is a must or you will fall on your butt. There are many broken wrists around here in the winter.

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by  PeachyMama. Reason: Forgot to mention traction
Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

BOOTS! I work in NYC and can tell you that about 80% of women are wearing leather boots that cover at least the entire calf. Suede ones are nice, but I prefer shiny leather if there’s a chance of rain.

My go-to winter boots are actual “snow boots” by Rocketdog. They were around $100, I think, at DSW and have been absolute life savers throughout my miserable winters. I used to live in a very small town where the temperatures would drop under 0, snow would pile up everywhere and the streets were not consistently cleared. Even if there is a layer of ice on the road, I could count on my boots to get me around safely (with caution, of course.)

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My UGG snowboots are hands down the best money I’ve spent on footwear ever as a midwest girl. Most UGGs have zero traction and are not appropriate for snow at all so you have to pay attention to the sole and heel with this or really any brand. This is the pair I bought last season that may or may not still be sold somewhere: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ugg-australia-celiste-boot-women/3365204. SO comfy and warm. They’re cute enough to wear around running errands or other casual outings but I usually change out of them at school and work.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

ADiamondInTheRough:  Where in Virginia are you? Depending on where you live/work will determine if you really need snow boots. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m in Virginia and while it’s not as cold here as other parts of the country, I always feel cold under 60 degrees, too! I got a pair of Joan of Arctic boots by Sorel. They come in many different colors and are also available from other sellers. They’re very warm and grippy, and I find them pretty cute and fashionable as snow boots go! Welcome to the east coast!

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