Top 5 Boots to Wear this Winter 2011

January 1, 2011 • By Erika

As much as we want to wear our cute sexy heels, the harsh winter conditions this 2010 / 2011 calls for something that’s much more practical, reliable and warm. With temperatures in the single digits and snowfall reaching up to 50 centimeters in some places, even good ol’ ankle boots, comfy sheepskin boots and trendy but slippery flat-soled riding boots just aren’t going to cut it anymore.

It’s time to bust out the hard-wearing footwear folks and we’ve got a list of the top 5 boots to wear for this winter 2011. Keep the cold at bay and your tootsies dry and and toasty in these made for the cold and made to last winter boots:

1. Duck Boots

Many brands have come out with their own version of duck boots (even Marc Jacobs has his own) but Sorel has got this market cornered. Their tried, tested and trusted seam-sealed waterproof construction will protect you in temperatures down to even an impressive negative 25 degrees Fahrenheit! Try that technology out in this Sorel Cate The Great Boot which also feature a waterproof leather and suede boot shaft, warm fur lining and a removable recycled felt InnerBoot.

Sorel Cate The Great, $200.00

2. Ugg Boots

A lot of people swear by the warmth and comfort from ugg boots, but unfortunately, their usual suede, nubuck and sheepskin materials aren’t built to withstand snow, water nor the salt on the road. If you just MUST wear a pair of ugg boots this winter, then try this UGG Broome II style that’s fully lined with warm sheepskin fur goodness but is constructed out of more durable leather and fitted with rubber outsoles.

UGG Broome II, $220.00

3. Rain Boots

Hunter is the brand we turn to for rain boots but remember, they only have a thin, quick dry woven nylon lining. Solve this issue by purchasing a pair of thick thermal socks to turn your rain-ready boots into winter-ready boots too. Hunter also sells their own thermal socks which are priced between $25.00 to $40.00 per pair.

Hunter Original Short, $115.00

4. Quilted Boots

When we say quilted boots, we mean down-filled too. This The North Face Nuptse Bootie III has thick 700 gram down insulation which makes us believe that these ARE quite possibly “the warmest and most comfortable slip-on footwear on the planet”.

The North Face Nuptse Bootie III, $85.00

5. Rubber Boots

Last but not the least, rubber boots. You might think that these are just rain boots too, but these Bogs boots are in a class of their own. Made with a stretchy neoprene upper that hugs your legs and guaranteed to keep the cold out, these boots are rated for temperatures down to -40 degrees F. Pull these on easily with grab handles located on each side of the boot and you can forget having to worry about getting wet or cold.

Bogs Classic High Corsage, $95.00

Stay warm and dry everyone and have a happy new year!