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We're in the thick of it. Winter, that is. And to top things off, some province-wide lockdowns have been lifted just in time for record snowfalls to keep people from leaving their homes.
Besides the treacherous ice and salt that's covering city sidewalks and suburban crescents, plows have begun to create the wet, slushy mud piles that everyone looks forward to wading through (kidding).
Does anyone really care if your shoes get dirty? No. It's been a pretty classic Canadian winter (despite the COVID restrictions) and if you've lived through one before, you know you're expected to deal with the terrain.
But you know who probably cares about their shoes being soiled? You. That's why a solid pair of weather-proof winter boots are a wardrobe necessity during this time of year, but not the kind you may be thinking of.
Picture your first pair of winter boots: They were probably heavy rubber, nylon-clad waders complete with a drawstring at the front to keep snow from falling over the lip of their fleece-lined interior.
Now picture your next pair: Sleek, leather and fur-adorned booties that you can wear with almost anything in your closet. They're winterized, but in disguise.
Sound better than pulling on your clunkiest boots and dragging them through the snow like ankle weights to work?
...We thought so too. Luckily, seasonal sales are underway and you can score fashionable styles at rock bottom prices.
You no longer have to be embarrassed by what's below the ankles. Seriously, winter boots can be cute - just take a look at some of our favourite pairs below.
These riding-style rain boots by Sam Edelman are the definition of form and function. Even better, they're insulated against the cold and look as if they're made out of leather.
SHOP IT: Sam Edelman, $96 (originally $240)
Made of vegan leather, these waterproof lace-up boots by Call It Spring are an absolute steal - especially for their negative 20-degree temperature rating.
SHOP IT: Call It Spring, $60 (originally $90)
These square toe rubber boots rise up to the middle of your calf to ensure your ankles are sealed from the cold. With a near three-inch chunky heel, they'll give you the boost you need while keeping you comfortable too.
SHOP IT: SSENSE, $685
Is it a sneaker or a boot? Or both?... Either way, these hybrid shoes from Sorel are hyper-cute. Their warm, waterproof leather and microfleece fabrics keep your feet dry all day long, while their platform heels provide lasting comfort.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $170
Perfect for when you want to add a pop of colour to your outfit, these water-resistant vegan leather booties will give you plenty of traction.
SHOP IT: Noize, $127 (originally $159)
These cozy block-heel boots from UGG are ideal for wet weather and casual dress. Their furry cuffs are crafted from UGGplush, a moisture-wicking textile made from a wool-rich blend to feel and wear like genuine shearling.
SHOP IT: Norstrom, $130 (originally $190)
White in the wintertime? This glossy pair of designer rain boots make it more than OK.
SHOP IT: Shopbop, $250