Tuesday Shoesday: Snow (and Rain) Boots for Suits

First let me apologize to my southern and fair weather friends … this may not be the post for you!  It’s Winter and where I live we just received our first snowfall of the season!  This makes it the perfect time to talk about snow boots and suits as a style YES!  I should clarify that it is really only a style YES when it is snowing.

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.  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. #MoreGroundRules

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 have included several picks for all the brands at various price points.  As a BONUS, many of them are on major sale this time of year!  #SavingIsWinning

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.  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, suit AND commute needs.  I have always purchased mine from Amazon (usually on sale) but they can be found from lots of retailers.

Aquatalia

The Italians also apparently know a thing or two about snow and cold.  This brand would be my second choice only because one, they are expensive and two, not all of their boots are weatherproof.  The ‘Winter’ Collection is all waterproof but not as stylish.  You will find more style in their ‘Boot’ Collection but make sure you search using the key word ‘weatherproof’ if you want to wear them in the snow.  I tried to only include options I knew were weatherproof.

Blondo

Another notoriously waterproof brand.  I find their styling not quite as refined as the others but I recently purchased these which work great with a suit (they were the only pair I took on my trip to Michigan last month and you can read more about that trip on Thursday).  Their suit options may be limited but you will find great options for business casual office environments.  I just added two new pairs that are currently on major sale at Nordstrom Rack (this $79 grey tall one and this $65 burgundy one).

Bernardo

I first fell in love with this brand after seeing a Wall Street Journal article about them a few years ago.  They have continued to grow their collection and there are a few everyday cold-weather options but only a few suit appropriate ones.  I have not personally tried them but their reviews are stellar.

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 – which is my personal criteria.  They would be appropriate for a more casual look with pants or maybe even a skirt.

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