(Closed) Shoes for the snow? Help the poor California girl out!

posted 5 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
46222 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Would anyone in his family be able to lend you a pair of boots?

An inch of snow really isn’t all that much. You could get by with a pair of athletic shoes if you are just going to and from the car. Wouldn’t work for a long romantic walk in the snow, though.

Target has these cute duck shoes


Post # 5
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

You didn’t say what State / Province…

But an inch of snow isn’t a whole lot… so as julies1949:  said you could probably get away with a pair or runners or “rain slides” or “rain boots”… although NONE of these options are well insulated, so they won’t be warm

I live in Eastern Ontario, and we get a TON of snow every year… my boot of choice is a hiking boot (conditioned to be water proof) … because it can be year round footwear and not just a one season choice.

IF you are in an area that doesn’t see a lot of snow, then the important factor is going to be keeping dry (waterproof) and warm.  Warmth can be gotten from something as simple as a god pair of socks to line whatever footwear you choose.

Hope this helps,


Post # 6
46222 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@hisprettygirl:  Most women here would wear tall leather boots and carry their dressy shoes, then change at their destination.

Post # 7
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

As per julies1949:  Reply # 5 above…

Agree that is what “fashionable” women do… BUT there is a downside to that.

High Boots with heels do not provide very “stable” footing when it is needed… especially if you are in an area where Freezing Rain or Ice is an issue…

Doesn’t matter how “fashionable” your boots / look are if you end up doing a face plant onto the side walk.

Depending on where you are going… you may find that the weather also dictates what else you choose to wear.  When it is below Zero C (32 F) for example, I am less likely to opt for a cute skirt & tights (with leggy boots) than I am for a nice pair of trousers and more sensible boots / shoes.

Something to consider.

And trust me you won’t be alone… practicality will outweigh pretty… 10 to 1.  Trust me.


Post # 8
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Not sure what they’re doing in Paris, but to me 1″ of snow is really not enough to stop me just wearing my normal shoes if it’s really just going from house to car to shopping kind of thing.  Really, my town gets 3′ of snow, and if I’m walking short distances I’m just wearing normal shoes if it looks like most people have shoveled their sidewalk.  Typically if places are used to getting snow, they’re also used to minimizing the effects.


Post # 9
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

1″ is negligible. Just don’t wear heels and you’re fine. I live where we get 1″-6″ snow for 2 weeks max each year, so I have a cute pair of Sorel boots for that. Uggs and moccasins aren’t for snow, but if you’re trying to get super cute then get Hunter boots with the fleece liner for 1″ of snow.

Post # 10
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

With 1″ you should be okay in athletic shoes or leather dress shoes/boots (though depending on the sole you may be slipping around a bit) They sell oils you can apply to leather products including shoes that can help waterproof them, which is what I tended to do with a lot of my footwear to protect it.  If you are worried about slipping and sliding, look for a decent pair of snow or hiking boots and just carry a change of shoes with you. 

Post # 11
2497 posts
Buzzing bee

As a Californian who made the switch (permanently… sadly) to a place with four seasons, here’s what I suggest wearing:

Tall leather boots for the city (usually downtown areas do a good job of shoveling sidewalks regularly). You probably already own these. They’re not waterproof, so I suggest then for light use only.

Sorrell snow boots or L.L. Bean duck boots. The former will be warmer, but the latter will be fine too. These are much more snowproof. Downside: they’re heavy, so trudging around in them all day isn’t worth it unless there’s a lot of snow. These are the “cool” boots to get.

Rainboots. These will work in a pinch if you don’t want to spring for snow boots. Just buy some fleece liners and wear warm socks with them. Hunter makes some cute ones.

ETA: I should have read your whole post. Tall leather flat boots would be your best bet. You could also wear heeled boots as long as it’s not too icy out.

Post # 12
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I wear a pair of flat leather boots, kind of like these but darker. Like PPs said, they’re not for heavy use, but they are comfortable in the snow and stylish at work 🙂

Post # 13
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i still wear heels in the snow, especially if its only one inch, i live in canada where we can get about a yard of snow at any given point between december and february! yikes.. thats when the real boots come out.. id say for you though since you are used to warm weather, closed toe shoes will be ok. just dress warm with a scarf and mitts and a cute warm hat, and a cozy coat with a long sleeve shirt underneath, you’ll be fine

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