Let’s get one thing straight: Boots are not my thing. I am a year-round, sunshine or sleet, ballerina flats wearing kind of girl. Truly, patent leather flats perform like a dream in the rain, and that Tory Burch is a saint for making rubber-soled flats I can wear in the snow. I don’t know if it’s my recent trip to Lake Tahoe or this article from Sunday’s New York Times, or perhaps even a sudden bout of practicality (unlikely), but lately I have had a major case of winter boots on the brain.
And not just any old winter boots, but gorgeous, sturdy, so-good-your-mom-probably-wore-them-30 years-ago boots. As far as P&V is concerned, if you’re going abandon your trusty flats for boots, they better be classics. Here are our absolute favorites:
- If you are going to be trudging through some serious snow, Sorel “Caribou” boots are, quite simply, the only choice. Other boots may keep your feet toasty warm but lack sufficient tread (Uggs have betrayed me one too many times on icy roads, and they apparently also breed fungus. Yay!). Sorels manage to keep you both warm (9 millimeter felt liner, anyone?) and sure-footed, with classic wintry style in spades. Many variations on the nearly 40 year old “Caribou” style exist (and I will admit to having owned a blindingly bright neon pair in the early 90’s), but it’s hard to improve upon the beautifully crafted original model.
- These aren’t called the “Original” for nothing, as Hunter has been making these iconic all-weather wellingtons for over 50 years. These boots can truly be worn in rain, mud or snow, and they clean up like a dream (just grab a hose. Seriously.). While P&V is partial to the original “Green” shade, Hunter now makes these cozy winter staples in a Crayola-worthy array of colors. I would never have thought that “vulcanized rubber” and “iconic footwear” could so happily coexist, but the legions of ladies donning Hunter wellies on rainy days suggest otherwise. P&V also thinks this winter bride is incredibly chic for rocking silver Hunter Originals beneath her wedding gown!
- I asked Santa for “old-timey leather hiking boots” this past Christmas, and did he ever deliver with the Danner “Mountain Light II”! While hiking boots are a decidedly unusual (okay, let’s be honest: unprecedented) request from me, I’m taking up snow shoeing this winter and a sturdy, waterproof pair of boots is an absolute necessity. And if one must wear hiking boots, shouldn’t they be of the “Heidi walking to Grandfather’s cabin” variety instead of, well, crunchy? In addition to being gorgeous, Danner’s timeless leather hiking boots are also insanely durable and very green (they can be “recrafted” when they eventually do wear out), more than justifying their higher-than-average price. Oh yes, and P&V recommends substituting red shoelaces to finish the perfectly old-timey look!
Photos courtesy of Tory Burch, Sorel, Zappos and Danner.