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- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
I’m hoping not to spend more than $200. $250 ultimate max.
I’m looking for flat-heeled brown leather winter boots that will keep my feet warm in the -37 degrees Celsius weather in Alberta. It snows quite a lot so the sole ideally would be rubber and the entire boots being water-proof.
It almost seems like mission impossible. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance!
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@Cynderbug: Fellow Canadian here… so I understand your dilemma
You said… Office Appropriate
So I am thinking you are looking for more of a fashion boot (ie Leather Riding Boot Style) that you could wear with skirts & dresses
In reality NONE of those are going to offer enough insulation to keep you warm at much below -5 to -10 C.
You want WARM you are going have to sacrifice looks for comfort.
When I worked full time, and was a Commuter (so lots of time standing around in the cold, wet, and slush) I went with either of the following winter options:
1- A good pair of rubber bottom insulated boots. As you’ve stated, rubber was key… as it gives you traction on the ice & also keeps your feet dry from any slush / puddles
2- OR, lol wore pants to work the majority of the time
In reality in the middle of a Canadian Winter when it is -20 to -40 C with a windchill … NO ONE is going to give too hoots what you look like on your way into work. We all do WHATEVER we need to survive the journey.
I’ve always owned a pair of fashionable winter boots like you have described / are looking for… but they were reserved for fine weather days, and fancy occasions when I could not get away without a dress / skirt (ie NYEve Party). In which case… if I was with a man (SO / Family Member) they were usually considerate enough to drop me off as close as they could to the front door.
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Fellow Canuck here!! Luckily it doesn’t get really cold where I live on the east coast. I have super warm boots I have for wearing outside when the temperatures dip and then change footwear when I get to work. I’m also looking for a new pair of long boots to wear with leggings. dresses, etc and its challenging to find something flat with some grip! I was looking at The Shoe Company recently and everything had a heel or a smooth sole which completely doesn’t work for me. Found a pair at Globo that I’m thinking of getting.
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Honestly, I just keep a spare pair of shoes under my desk to change into when I get to work if I’m wearing gum boots or something to keep my toes dry – don’t get much snow, but it rains quite a bit here.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
I live in the snowy Rocky Mountains! Last winter I wore fashion boots all season and was fine. Towards the end when they started splitting my feet would get wet but it was still fine. I wear them with tight straight leg, black dress pants and big furry socks.
And I only spend about $30 each on about 4 pairs to match all my outfits.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
@pengoala: Ah, those are gorgeous!
@This Time Round: Yep, you pretty much nailed it, lol! I take the bus and in the winter time, buses can be quite sporadic with arriving a few minutes early or on time or late. So, if they’re rubber-soled, it would be easy to tread in them without sinking in the snow. Apparently, I missed last year’s deep depths of winter when it was stinking -45 C (with windchill) in Edmonton.
Sigh, looks like I shall check out Gravity Pope, Mark’s Wearhouse, and Town Shoes. Otherwise, I could also try send my old boots to get a new sole at Shoemasters. (The pebbles from the sand/salt erodes a lot of shoes’ soles. So, there’s a hole in the sole.)
I saw a pair I liked at Geoxx, but it was over $300. Maybe I should check out Winners!!
Here’s a couple I’m considering:
Blondo from the Shoe Company (Town Shoes)
Gravity Pope holds a nice selection of Fly London, which is a bit above budget, unless the ones that are on sale fits my shoe-size.
Yeah, it’s tough to find a pair that will last for more than 2 or 3 winters.