(Closed) Cold Weather Bees..What type of footwear do you wear in the Winter?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What footwear do you wear in the cold winter months?
    Uggs : (23 votes)
    21 %
    Leather Boots : (42 votes)
    38 %
    Just a basic winter boot from a department store (Walmart, Payless etc) : (11 votes)
    10 %
    Other..please let me know what! : (35 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
    4282 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I just have a cheap pair from a department store. They are super warm and keep my feet dry though. I don’t wear them unless I am outside for a long period though. I normally just wear tennis shoes or clogs.

    Post # 4
    10650 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    My last pair of favourite boots were Rocket Dogs from Little Burgandy.  They are about to fall apart though.

    I bought some last year at Mark’s, and the insides were ripped up after about 5 wears.  I’ve looked, but haven’t found anything this winter.

    Post # 5
    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I wear Uggs and water proofed. They were expensive but totally worth it. I hate walking in the snow and they keep my feet so warm!

    Post # 6
    114 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I have knock off uggs that I have sprayed with a waterproofer, and I have the red and olive green plaid Sorel Tivoli boots. I voted leather boots though because those are the ones I am more likely to wear in a heavy snow situation. And I don’t think they’re uncomfortable at all….try them on in a store!

    ETA: Sorel boots are totally worth the money….my parents have had theirs for years, and mine look like new after 2 seasons of wear. I sound like a Sorel sales rep…Haha 🙂

    Post # 7
    11232 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Mine aren’t leather, but I typically wear my Pink & Pepper Racer boots, OR the rubber rain boots that I got from Target with fleece liners (since they aren’t particularly warm). If I needed an actual pair of snow boots, I’d get a pair of duck boots.

    Post # 8
    7310 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Uggs if it’s not snowy, Totes snow boots if it is snowy, and LLBean rain boots if it is rainy with their wellie warmer socks

    Post # 9
    1425 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

    I’m cheap and we don’t get snow too often, so I just wear thick socks and rain boots!  Our snow is more slush than anything usually…

    Post # 10
    8038 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @sweetchiquita12:  I live in Canada and we have snow 6 months of the year. I have a variety of winter shoes/boots.

    -I have a pair of cheap trainers.. the Champion brand from Payless. I wear them when it isn’t snowing but it’s still crappy out if I am just going across the street into the mall from work, or if we’re driving to get groceries or something. I am ok w. them getting wrecked.

    -I have a pair of high heel suede booties to go out (like for dinner or something nice), and a pair of leather stiletto booties that I can barely walk in lol.

    -A pair of heavy duty winter boots. I think they cost $150 but they’ll last forever… I think they’re Calvin Klein. They’re hardcore lol.

    -Some rain boots

    -Nice shoes I leave at work

    The one thing I don’t have this year is a medium heel leather boot. Basically something that’s good enough to wear to work, but that I can still comfortably walk a fair distance in.

    ETA: Lots of girls wear Uggs around here, but they all look horrible because they’re only good on cold, cold days… when it’s wet/muddy they get wrecked unless you have some waterproofing stuff that actually works.

    Post # 11
    5161 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Another Canadian here!

    Sorels have their place. There are a few different models of them, but they work. I wore Sorel’s as a teenager, and all through my army days on winter exercise, and so on. I always found them really comfortable but it depends what model I imagine. They have liners, you can wear thick socks in them, etc. The pair I bought as a teenager are STILL in my closet and in great condition today though I don’t wear them anymore and should really donate them. Well worth the money!

    Are you looking for a casual boot, an active boot, etc?

    Since I am a minimalist, I wear Vivobarefoot Vienna boots and Soft Star Phoenix Boots for casual wear and going to and from work. Both have minimalist soles. The Vienna’s are tall (up to my knee), all leather, and waterproof so they are suitable for back and forth to work as well as just casual wear. The Phoenix’s are leather and suede, with sheepskin inside, shorter and super comfy though not terribly fashionable (but I only wear if the snow is not high/it is not wet because there is suede on the upper part). I also wear mukluks for more casual days (try Manitoba Mukluks!). You can get these in suede, full leather, a mix of suede and fur, etc. They tend to be very warm and comfortable, but pricey. For me the challenge these days is finding boots that fit my minimalist preferences and give me toe wiggle room and so on. I don’t wear any heeled boots anymore. 

    I have tried on Uggs but found the sole too stiff/high for my taste, but I know some people love them. Also, a bit too narrow for my toe wiggling. I know some people also like the Bear Paw version which you can buy usually at Winner’s and such (since you are in Canada). You are right though…Ugg’s are not the best for Canadian winters and the amount of snow, slush, road salt, mud, and so on. I see a lot of Uggs and they don’t look too great after a winter or two! If you are just dealing with cold, and not snow and wet, they are fine. (I however also tend to think  Uggs are kind of, well, ugly)

    Oh and for real cold weather activity boots, like if I am going snowshoeing, I have some Columbia electric heated boots as I don’t care about minimalism if I am snowshoeing or something and..they are heated! A great, great treat when it is -30C and I am on a trail in the middle of the forest. I run outside though too and get away with just my Five Finger Sypyridons, wool toe socks and toe heater packs!

    My husband works in an outdoor gear store and he often says lots of people really like Keen boots as they seem to fit a lot of people well. I would just find an outdoor store and go try a variety of boots on actually. Even MEC or something has a few options! Or if you have an Atmosphere or even a Sport Chek or something around, etc. If you want mukluks or something, or even Ugg’s, stores like Quark’s sell them.



    Post # 12
    2334 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    If there’s a lot of snow, I wear my bean boots (aka LL Bean).  I’ll just wear regular, closed toed shoes if there’s no snow.  I refuse to wear Uggs.

    Post # 13
    1684 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    To work and going out, I wear leather boots.  When the weather is poor, I have some North Face Boots I’m in love with.  Then I have cheap rainboots for rainey weather.

    Post # 14
    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I have these Uggs for the bad weather and a pair of regular uggs for the other times.

    Post # 16
    10452 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I have some pairs of dressy black leather/suede boots that I like, but the most comfortable by far are my Uggs… I’m not ashamed. They’re too comfortable. 

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