Boots with Suits!  

So I’m packing for my trip to the Midwest on Sunday evening when I check the weather and quickly learn that I’m traveling to the land of snow.  It doesn’t happen everyday, but every once in awhile I have to pair snow boots with suits. #Unfortunately

But having to do it for this trip makes it the perfect time to revive an old post talking about boots as a style (YES!) for the office (find the original post here)! I should clarify that it is really only a style (YES!) when it is snowing. #ActualSnowOnTheGround  Okay, ground rules established …

HOW do you wear snow boots with your suit?

First off, I am not talking big fuzzy Sorel style boots. Although, I have those and I LOVE them (Tivoli II). If I was wearing those to the office it would require at least a foot of snow on the ground (in which case I likely wouldn’t be going to the office).  And if I did have to wear fuzzy snow boots to the office I would change them immediately upon arrival.

Boots for Suits

For boots that I would not only wear to the office but leave on my feet once I get there, I have a few go-to brands I choose (mine are typically reserved for my Winter trips to Rochester but they are on my feet as I type).

my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes La Canadienne

La Canadienne – The Canadians get it right. These are warm (most are fleece lined), waterproof and the selection is enormous. My favorite feature is the salt just brushes off – like it was never even there. See today’s Instastories for a demonstration. Finding styles to easily fit under pants as well as match hem length makes this a no brainer choice for suits. There are so many styles, colors, materials and heel heights you can easily match your personality AND commute needs. I have always purchased mine from Amazon (usually on sale) but they can be found from lots of retailers. The ones I have can be worn with skirts or pants (I linked tons of options below).

my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes Aquatalia

Aquatalia – The Italians also apparently know a thing or two about snow and cold. This brand would be my back-up choice. The ‘Winter’ Collection is all waterproof but not very stylish. You will find more style in their ‘Boot’ Collection but make sure you search using the key word ‘weatherproof’.

my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes Bernardo

Bernardo – Originally known for their sandals, their venture into boots seems to be a good one (at least from a style perspective). I have not personally tried them, but their reviews are stellar and how could you not love a little velvet tie? Yes, please! While they will pair nicely with skirts, I didn’t find any that would pair with pants.

my9to5shoes.com My 9 to 5 Shoes Sorel

Sorel – This brand is the real deal for drifting and blowing snow but they aren’t quite there when it comes to paring with a suit. They have a few wedge styles that are close … I still wouldn’t wear them with a suit – my highest criteria. They would be appropriate for a more casual pant or skirt look.

Where to Buy

I included several examples of all four brands at various price points. As a BONUS, many of them are on major sale this time of year (especially the Aquatalia ones)!  Happy Shoesday Shopping!!

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