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Best In Snow: Stylish Winter Boots for Snow, Slush, & Ice


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For girls who live or go to school in snowy states, winter provides some unique fashion challenges. One of the biggest dilemmas we face has got to be finding fashionable footwear that keeps us toasty, dry, and slip-free.

Leather and suede styles require some extra TLC for winter conditions and aren’t as durable or practical as other styles. Rain boots and wellingtons are adorable and help to keep you from falling, but generally aren’t particularly warm, even with a thick sock. And, while the fashion-vs-function debate on Ugg boots rages on, even Ugg lovers have to admit that few things are worse than dealing with soggy sheepskin lining on an especially snowy or slushy day.

So what’s a College Fashion girl to do?! Keep reading, of course! We’ve outlined our picks for winter boots that are warm, waterproof, and stylish.

Best for Snow: Sorel ‘Joan of Arctic’ Boots

Product Information: Sorel Joan of Arctic Boots in Hawk Brown, Piperlime.

Why We Love Them: Sorel footwear is famous for their durability and excellent performance in cold weather, and their “Joan of Arctic” boots are no different! Sealed and waterproof, the boots boast a washable, removable felt liner and faux fur cuff for added warmth and style. Functional laces provide a custom fit and the rubber outsole works perfectly for walking in all types of snow. Contrasting colors on the boot’s buckles, fun patterns,  and the tuft of faux-fur trim make the Joan of Arctic boots a stylish pick for winter. They’re the perfect blend of girly style and heavy duty quality.

A caveat: some online reviews suggest that boots can run large and be heavy and/or clunky, so make sure to try them on before making a purchase!

Best for Slush: Sporto ‘Dylan’ Duck Boots

Sporto Dylan Duck boots
Product Information: Sporto Dylan Women’s Duck Boots in Black/Tan, Urban Outfitters.

Why We Love Them: So-ugly-they’re-cute duck boots have become quite popular with the street style set recently! Once a decidedly preppy staple, top designer labels have been coming out with updated versions of the quirky, sought-after boots. Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, and Juicy Couture have each put a twist on the LL Bean classic in recent years.

Duck boots are great if you’re dealing with sloppy, wet conditions, making them the ultimate in transitional footwear for early snowfall and the spring thaw. Select a “gumshoe” rise for a short, shoe-like style that ends below the ankle bone, a 6″ rise for high tops, or full 8″-10″ rises for taller, traditional boots. Their rubber sole is easy to clean, super durable, and will lock out any moisture that you may encounter on slushy commutes. An added bonus: with their rise in popularity, the duck boot style is super easy to find at a variety of price points.

Best for Ice: Pajar ‘Laverne’ Boots

Pajar Laverne Boots
Product Information: Pajar Laverne Boots in Black,

Why We Love Them: If you’re looking for a pair of winter boots that will last for seasons to come, you can’t go wrong by investing in a pair from Pajar. The extra money you spend on these boots will get you a higher rise, extreme insulation to withstand temperatures down to -40 degrees fahrenheit, and waterproof leather to keep your feet and legs warm, dry, and slush free.

Created in an effort to develop a superior alternative to popular sheepskin-lined boots, Pajar’s boots boast a patented multi-layer insulating system that uses a combination of trapped air, aluminum, wool, and felt to keep feet extra warm, even in sub-zero conditions. Though nothing short of spikes will get you through extremely icy conditions, Pajar’s boots offer extra texture and traction on their rubber soles — great for walking around a slippery campus.

Our favorite part about these boots? The extra fashionable touches! We’re loving the motorcycle styling and addition of the buckles on the top – while these boots may be perfect all-weather boots, they certainly don’t LOOK like it. If you have a surplus of cash (from the holiday season perhaps?!) Pajar also makes a variety of super-warm styles that range from “couture” to “sporty,” all of which you can check out online.

Best All-Around: The North Face ‘Alycia’ Boots

The North Face Alycia Boot
Product Information: The North Face Alycia Boots in Quicksilver Gray/Dark Gull Gray, Piperlime.

Why We Love Them: We all know The North Face makes warm jackets and quality winter gear, so it’s only natural that their winter boots would be just as functional and well-constructed. Marking the sweet spot between fashion and function, these faux fur-lined, heavily insulated, budget-friendly boots are comfortable, warm, lightweight, and sleek — not clunky!

The North Face’s cleat-like “snowflake” rubber provides excellent traction while their waterproof treatment keeps these boots dry and fresh. From a style standpoint, the Alycia boots come in a variety of colors, include trendy cable-knit detailing at the top, and boast a fashion-forward lace-up style. If you’re looking to invest in a single pair of winter boots for all weather conditions, The North Face’s Alycia boots might be for you!

Your thoughts?

Tell us what you think! What boots are you wearing this winter? Have you tried any on this list? Which are your favorites? Share your thoughts with a comment!

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30 Responses to “Best In Snow: Stylish Winter Boots for Snow, Slush, & Ice”

  1. 1
    December 23rd, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I got a pair of duck boots from Lucky Brand last year, best purchase EVER.

  2. 2
    December 23rd, 2010 at 11:51 am

    For better quality I’d go with LL Bean or Lands’ End duck boots, not some pair from UO.

  3. 3
    December 23rd, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Thank God for this article! I live in a place up in the North and there’s always SO much ice here and I’m still wearing my old boots from last year, and I’m trying to find some cuter yet still functional options! The best boots for ice are so cute and I’m totally gonna buy them!(:

  4. 4
    December 23rd, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Have you seen the Cate the Greats? They are just as nice as these are! They are on Piperlime too. I’m totally torn between them and the Joan of Arctics!!! :D

  5. 5
    December 23rd, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I got the thick knit inserts to put into my Hunter rain boots. They keep my feet really warm and dry, not to mention they look cute. If your boots are already snug without the sock in them, though, I suggest going up a size.

  6. 6
    December 23rd, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I love the north face and pajar boots! :)

  7. 7
    December 23rd, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I just bought the Sorel “Joan of Arctic” boots yesterday (in light brown) and I love them! They’re incredibly cozy and warm, although the reviewers are right – they’re a little big and clunky. Still, I love them!

  8. 8
    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I went to Park City, Utah last winter on a ski trip and had no winter boots, so I was trying to skate across down town in flats and black tights. Not good. So I scoured some boutiques and found a pair that were a lot like the Pajar boots. They were a half size too small, but after a handful of painful wears, they’re now stretched out enough so I can wear thin socks comfortably. They were half-off, so the extra $100 savings was worth it. I’m so glad I found a cute, quality, (cheap) pair of winter boots that are not Uggs.

  9. 9
    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Love this list! In a cold Canadian winter I always need a practical pair of winter boots. Another really good choice is the Ugg Adirondack boot because they have the same inner lining as traditional uggs but they have amazing traction and are totally waterproof. I love mine and even though they’re a little pricey, mine have held up for 2 years now and look like new.

  10. 10
    December 23rd, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Kate Spade rain boots are my favorite…

    I get so many compliments on them, AND my feet are dry in the pouring rain :)

  11. 11
    December 23rd, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I love this list. I personally think that Uggs are really ugly, so I’ve been looking for some cute and sturdy winter boots. This is a great list! I love the look of the Pajars.

  12. 12
    December 23rd, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Looove the Sorel ‘Joan of Arctic’ boots, but I gotta say that L.L.Bean’s shearling-lined winter boot is the best. I go to school near Canada and I wear mine almost every day over the winter. Plus you can’t beat L.L.Bean’s quality guarantee! I have heard that they’re backordered til June or something crazy like that, but I highly recommend them :)


  13. 13
    December 24th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I bough a pair of tretorn rainboots with the faux fur lining. Very warm and perfect for the slushy days since they are completely water proof. Though I do want a more fashion style of boot for the less extreme days.

  14. 14
    December 28th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Yessss to this. We’ve had a month of non-stop snow now and my boots are definitely getting a little old (not to mention they might not survive this winter…). This was exactly what I needed!

  15. 15
    December 30th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    This article makes me wish I lived somewhere were it got colder than 50 degrees!

  16. 16
    December 31st, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I love those North Face boots, so cute! Getting through the snow and slush up in Minnesota can be such a pain, I’m so glad that duck boots and classic Sorel’s have changed so much since I was a kid. I just got a pair of Sporto boots for Christmas that are cute, waterproof and warm.

  17. 17
    February 9th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Yeah. These winter shoes look perfect and fashion. I love these shoes in winter in snow.

  18. 18
    February 15th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Just so you know, Sporto isn’t just a brand sold at hipsterish stores. They’re a totally legitimate outdoors wear company that’s been around for ages.

  19. 19
    February 15th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Just so you know, Sporto isn’t just a brand sold at hipsterish stores. They’re a totally legitimate outdoors wear company that’s been around for ages.

  20. 20
    February 10th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I would like to know where I can buy good slip resident boots

  21. 21
    February 18th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I don’t know if anyone else has this happening to them but I have Ugg boots that are not real. There is snow here where I live and there’s salt all over the roads & paths. I’m starting to find rings of salt and brown on my boots. Maybe for the bad quality or colour (the colour is grey). I’m just looking for good proper winter boots, and I’ve been wearing these fake Uggs for the whole winter or I’d switch to Keds when needed. I want to know the prices of these and if there are any other boots that are not clunky & big. Just like that black ones above (I forget the name), they were very nice and stylish, oh! The Pajar boots. But I’d love them in brown, black would have to get polishes and have proper care.

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