If you’ve ever experienced a Montreal winter, you’ve faced the following dilemma: how can I find winter boots that will look cute, but that will also not get utterly ruined by the snow? Today, we’re going to look at the different do’s and don’ts of winter boot shopping, while also leaving some flexibility for your personal fashion preferences!
I would say that there are three main types of boots that can survive in the Canadian winter; however, each has their own positives and negatives. For the sake of efficiency I’m going to categorize them into the following names: the top 40s, the half-cutes-half-weather proofs, and your Canadian essential: the heavy duties.
The top 40s
As fashionable as suede winterboots are, they are better suited to drier weather, than the abundantly slushy wet snow of Canada. When it comes to suede boots in the winter, there is a serious lesson to be learned: it’s not just the wet snow that ruins cute boots, but also the ice-melting salt that the city spreads because it easily discolours your favorite boots by leaving white marks behind.Regardless, get a pair of these for the start and end of the cold season, because they are still undeniably trendy and not too heavy on your feet. Just be sure to shelf them before Montreal turns into the North Pole, because they will inevitably get scabbed and dirtied.
Finally, it’s also important to distinguish between WINTER boots and FALL boots. Although I know you wish your cute suede or leather fall boots that are ever so fashionable can last you through the winter, the truth is that would require cleaning them daily, and they would still not get through the entire winter without losing their shape and sturdiness. But after reading this article, hopefully you will be inspired to find winter that boots you can feel just as amazing in!
What do I mean by half-cutes-half weather proof? Well, rain boots of course! In winter? Yes, friends, its manageable, and I speak from experience! Tall rainboots are both stylish, and of course, waterproof. To upgrade the aesthetic and practicality of your boots, consider purchasing a pair of insole socks to stylize and personalize them. In addition, insole socks keep your feet toasty warm throughout the day.
Disclaimer: these boots are made for rain, so be careful how much you are wearing them in severe winter weather!
These boots were made for colder temperatures, and are sturdy enough to carry you through heavy snow. I’ll admit the design options aren’t the best; however, they’re very popular right now and have taken a “take one for the winter” facet. I would recommend getting knee-high heavy duties, because there are a lot more cute styles. Although I call this category“heavy duty” boots, I personally don’t find them a drag, and I still manage to run to class (late as I usually am). But even if weight is a big concern for you, there are plenty of ankle height and above the calf options that are equally as weather proof.
It is important to note that furry winter boots are simply not made for the outside when you live in Canada. Sure, they might be really cute boot, but when doubt their useability, you know ‘no’ is the answer. Most furry boots have non-existent soles, and slush, mud and water tend to seep through easily, and students who have a lot of walking to do might struggle with this type of shoe. Save these for when the weather is drier!
A last tip I could give you is to invest in cleaning your boots, for their durability but also so they keep looking as cute. All shoe stores sell a variety of products that actually work, like wipes and sprays to clean and help prevent weather damage to your boots. I hope this helped you solve this existential Canadian weather question!