Marissa Stapley Ponikowski, TheKit.ca
February 20, 2013 — No matter where you live in Canada, here are the perfect boots to help you stay warm, dry and on-trend—plus style tips that will ensure your look is polished, even when you’re playing in the snow.
Shearling boots are cozy and fashionable, and ideal for prairie winters that are always cold but sometimes dry.
The La Canadienne Tami Sand Shearling Flat ($525), can help add a little knee-high sex appeal to your look.
You can stay stylish but a bit more sophisticated in the La Canadienne Vale Black Suede Shearling Flat ($395).
Style tip: Tuck skinny jeans into these boots (or any of the boots mentioned in this article), but avoid tucking baggier “boyfriend” styles, because they’ll bunch at the knee. To add a pop of colour to a dreary day, try skinny-patterned pants or coloured jeans.
Wear your social conscience on your sleeve with Manitobah Mukluks, which are lined with sheepskin shearling and made with tanned grain leather. Plus, the rugged, low-profile soles feature artwork created by aboriginal artists. Our favourite pair: the Gatherer-Style Mukluk ($269).
Easily navigate mountain life with a pair of UGG Australia Adirondack All-Weather boots ($240). They can stand up to any weather condition and look great during après-ski.
Style tip: When choosing ski pants, go for fitted styles in a print or with a metallic finish. And give your winter look some panache with an aviator hat accented in faux—it truly makes a statement.
Central Canada (Ontario and Quebec)
When the snow melts and the sidewalks turn slushy, protect your feet and your fashion sense with Burberry Riding Rubber Rainboots ($285), which are lined and waterproof.
Or try the Aquatalia Omni Stretch Back Tall Boot ($550)—it’s both weather-proof and fashion-conscious.
Style tip: Add a wintery faux fur handbag to your list of accessory must-haves—and look dressed up even if you’re not with a pair of opera-length leather gloves.
Atlantic Canada/The Maritimes
Winters in Atlantic Canada are almost always guaranteed to involve a lot of cold and a lot of snow—and it can seem next to impossible to look chic when up against odds like that, right? Not true. We recently fell in love with the MoovBoot Arctic Bandit Tall Boot in Chocolate ($315) that are lined with Australian Merino Sheepskin, sheathed in Nappa leather and detailed with coyote fur.
For days when staying dry is of tantamount importance, the MoovBoot Mid-calf Ambush Boot ($225) is your best choice. The boot is still lined with sheepskin, so you’ll stay cozy, and the exterior is made of supremely waterproof matte latex rubber so you’re guaranteed to stay dry, too.
Style tip: Layer boyfriend-style fisherman knit sweaters with soft scarves in jewel-tones or pastel shades. And if the boots you’re wearing are mid-calf or lower, pair them with legwarmers.
If you live in the far North or are heading there to check out the Northern lights, pick up a pair of Sorel Cate of Alexandria Boots ($300) that provide extra protection in cold conditions and have a removable recycled felt inner boot.
If you need more traction and durability, try the Sorel Tivoli Plaid Boot ($150), which has 100 grams of insulation and a waterproof shell.
Style tip: You might need to wear a big parka to keep yourself warm, but look for a belted version to remind the world you still have a feminine shape! Also, since the sun rarely shines during far-north winters, it’s your job to keep things bright: avoid basic black and choose bright and light colours for your outerwear instead.
This article was originally published on TheKit.ca
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How to Care For Your Cold Weather Coats and Boots.