Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Shopping Simplified: Winter Boots Wishlist

Since moving to Montana in the very snowy month of February earlier this year, I have become very aware of the importance of having a boot that keeps my feet toasty warm and dry.
Now I know, of course, that the function aspect of a boot is critical (something that my hubby also tells me every time I try on a new winter boot), but it is so nice when it can be combined with fashion, to make a stylish boot that can easily take on the winter elements.

The more I look at all the boots being offered this year, the more I find to love. While I have not had time to research the waterproof or warmth criteria on a lot of these (that would definitely come into play before making a purchase), here are some of my favorites so far, from a strictly 'I love the way it looks' type of boot...let me know if you have any experience or advice on any of them. :)

1. Sorel 'Joan of Arctic' Waterproof Wedge Bootie - YES PLEASE!!! I absolutely LOVE these boots!

2. Sorel 'Joan of Arctic' Wedge Boot - Same thing with!

3. Sorel 'Caribou' Boot - I actually just purchased these at a really great price, but am still debating on whether or not to keep them. I sized down based on online reviews, but am afraid the boot may be just a tad too short. I believe I read that they stretch out (my Sorel Winter Fancy boots sure did), so if that's the case they should be fine. Anyone have these and can offer me some advice?

4. Sorel 'Tivoli High II' Boot - I would get them in black or curry brown.

5. Sorel 'Tivoli II' Waterproof Boot - Love both colors.

6. Tory Burch 'Boughton' Bootie - Beautiful color and I love the shearling.

8. Santana Canada 'Austin' Waterproof Leather Boot - Understated and waterproof.

10. Tecnica® 'Skandia' Boot - Fabulous.

11. Fendi Genuine Rabbit Fur Lined Motorcycle Boot - So I am perfectly aware that I cannot possibly afford these, but a girl can dream...can't she?

12. Aquatalia by Marvin K. 'Carlotta' Weatherproof Suede Wedge Bootie - Elegant and chic.
I especially like the espresso suede colorway.

13. Sorel 'Slimpack' Riding Boot - I tried these earlier this year and loved the way the fit and looked. The only issue I had was that they are a pull-on style, which I find very difficult to wear. Anyone have a trick to keeping your jeans from bunching up when putting on and wearing a pull-on knee boot?

14. The North Face 'Zophia' Boot - I would get them in black.

15. Sorel 'Conquest Carly' Boot - Cute, cute, cute!

Do you have a Winter Boots Wishlist? Have you seen or tried on any of the boots on mine? Do you happen to own any of them? Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)


  1. I wear my Ugg Adirondack boots the most. They're a lower profile in the foot than a lot of the bulkier winter boots.

    I have a pair of Joan of Arctic boots that I found on deep sale at an outlet but then we didn't get much snow after that so I haven't really put them to the test.

    1. Thanks cate! I tried on the Joan of Arctic boots but my calves are too large for them to fit comfortably, and they just do not look right on me. I've read really great reviews on them though. :)

  2. Can't believe you didn't include a pair of classic, Made in Maine L.L Bean leather, shearling lined boots!! I bought a pair when they collaborated with J.Crew a few years ago and it's the only winter boot I can imagine I would ever need. Waterproof, super warm with the shearling liner and just a classic look. Crew had some fun color combos. Wish they would bring them back so I could buy another pair!

    1. Hi Anne! Well, I already have my Sorel Winter Fancy boots that are fairly similar to the LL Beans, so that is why I didn't include them. If I can catch them on super sale I may invest in a pair though. :)

  3. I have a pair of Caribous that I just love, actually got a great price on them from JC a couple years ago. They are totally my go-to for major snow and/or cold, and I live in Colorado - part time on the Front Range and part time up in the mountains, so I've tested them well ;). Just remember that tight boots = cold feet. My Sorels are definitely on the large and loose side in my normal size, so it's entirely possible that a smaller size would be fine, but they are quite comfy with ski socks - most of my other boots get too tight with bulky ski socks. There is lots of wiggle room in the toes, which I like, especially for insulation purposes. I'm not sure they've stretched per se, but the liner has likely been compressed over time. It looks like the ones you mentioned that stretched are constructed more or less the same, so you may be fine. If it's just a tad snug, they're probably ok. You also don't need super bulky socks with these boots since they're SUPER warm, I just usually wear them before and after skiing, so that's why I mentioned the ski socks. But a slightly too big winter boot is usually better than a slightly too small one. Hope this helps you decide! They're definitely awesome boots though.

  4. Oh, now that I see annegav's comment, I have to agree! I also have an unlined pair of Bean boots that are one of my favorite purchases ever. They're great for wet but not super-cold weather, and I did size down a full size in those. I already had my Sorels or I'd probably go for a pair of lined Bean boots. And you can't beat L.L. Bean service, that's for sure. And they are certainly a more streamlined look than Sorels.

    You know, now that I think about it, I might've sized down in the Sorels too. Unfortunately, they're at my mountain house right now, and I'm on the Front Range at the moment, so I can't go check for you. If I think about it this weekend, I'll come back and let you know!

    1. Thank you so much for your review of the Caribous ajr! It sounds like they will be perfect for our snowy winters. Please do let me know what size you have in them if you get the chance. I'm thinking I may need to exchange for the larger size after all.

  5. I can't wear the LL Bean boots :( Not even the short mocs. They're usually stitched right around the ankle and it hits me right below the ankle bone and digs into it.

  6. Hey Melissa! I just tried them on again. They are my true size, and I personally don't think I'd want to size down. HTH!

    1. Thanks so much ajr! I really appreciate you taking the time to try them and comment back! :)