Stylishly Wearing Boots For Winter
When dressing for the cold, style is not often considered as a priority. Truth be told, it isn’t actually one of the most important factors and the real objective is to stay warm and cosy.
The Danes and Norwegians would be among the first to agree and they know what they’re talking about. Through their long and cold winters, our Scandinavian cousins embrace a cultural phenomenon known as “Hygge”.
Although untranslatable, the word carries strong connotations of comfort, cosiness and wholesome feelings. In short, they reject anything that might be considered an annoyance during winter and simply enjoy the season with their loved ones for what it offers.
As such, style might be one of those very inconveniences that’s left outside to freeze until it thaws come springtime. However, have you seen their sweaters? Anyone who enjoys moody Scandinavian police thrillers have likely noticed the stunning knitwear that they tend to flaunt!
Therefore, it goes to show that style and comfort can go hand-in-hand!
Dressing Appropriately In Winter
Some say that you have to suffer to look stylish. However, don’t feel like you need to wear inappropriate clothing in order to look stylish. That’s the best way to catch a cold.
Instead, it’s important to dress accordingly for the weather but throwing in a few items that add some panache to your wardrobe. Fortunately, we live in a time where knitwear is considered fashionable rather than cripplingly uncool.
Layering up is also a great way to express yourself sartorially with a variety of textures and colours. From tweeds to stylish wool with nuanced details, there’s plenty to choose from.
However, footwear is often a sticking point. Whilst there are a lot of boots and shoes that provide decent year-round performance, many struggled to see you through the winter.
Whether it’s a question of slippery leather soles on the ice or construction that lets in the water, a lot can go wrong. Yet, winter boots are often the garish and heavier cousins of hiking boots. Therefore, you might not be keen on the idea of wearing these when going out.
Minimum Winter Boot Features
At the very least, you need a type of footwear that is hardy enough to resist the elements. Fortunately, quality is a significant factor that will affect both the style and the durability of footwear.
Whether it’s construction or the materials used to make them, high-quality craftsmanship is usually able to withstand the winter. For instance, shoe construction plays a pivotal role and Goodyear or Storm welting offers excellent water resistance and durability.
This is why the majority of the dress boots featured on this list are constructed using a Goodyear or Storm welt. Unlike regular winter boots, they’re also recraftable so you’ll be able to change those soles for something with better traction if necessary.
Sole quality is another factor that plays an important role. The winter season means that you’ll encounter more ice and slippery wet surfaces. As a rule, leather soles are out. Not only do they have a tendency to absorb water but they can be very slippery!
Instead, quality rubber soles such as those made by Dainite on Allen Edmonds boots will offer traction, insulation and waterproofing.
On the subject of waterproofing, the construction plays a role but so do the upper materials. Whilst you could go for conventional winter boots that feature nylon or Gore-Tex membranes, quality leather will breathe yet resist water if well-maintained.
Of course, leather won’t provide insulation all by itself. Whilst it acts as a good membrane, it tends to become cold during winter. Therefore, you’ll need something to stay warm.
Some boots do come with lining and there are a few featured here such as the Johnston & Murphy blucher boots. Yet most of the time, it’s good practice to wear some thick socks to create some heat. After that, the leather should offer an excellent layer to let just enough escape for your feet to breathe.
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