Trendspotting: Winter Footwear

Maybe it’s just me, but this endless winter has taken a lot out of me, including my fashion sense. It seems every winter campus changes from a colorful array of various fashions and individual styles, to blobs of neutral grays and blacks, student marshmallows with furry boots poking out of past-knee length down jackets. These furry-footed staples do lots when walking to class, but add little to your cozy sweaters and leggings look once the coat comes off.

Myself, I hate winter boots. I would much rather trudge through the snow in my Doc Martens, and have, only to slip on layers of ice several times over (it’s gotten to the point I have to make sure I have a walking buddy everyday I wear them, to save me from myself). But with the never-ending blizzards, and the realization that although I’m moving in August (to Chicago, which is still in the Midwest), I was forced to buck up, grow up, and spend my money on a pair of Khombu waterproof boots instead of the tan combats that I truly longed for.

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What you’re gonna want from a good winter boot is, overall, durability. You want these boots to withstand the test of time, and last you through the season and into the next year, or more. Making sure the boots you’re looking at are waterproof is a MAJOR must. Not only does it snow in the beautiful Mitten State, but we also get sleet, freezing rain, hail, and that snow can turn to wet, brown slush in a matter of a couple hours, and the last thing you’ll want to deal with through your busy day is sopping cold socks. It also helps to have fur or extra material inside, for added protection and warmth! You’re also going to want to look at the bottom of the boots, and check the ridges there to make sure there’s enough grip that you won’t slip on the sidewalks, which can be coated in layers of ice built up over months. It helps, too, to go for boots that go up to at least mid-calf, so you won’t have to worry about snow sneaking it’s way in when walking through ~ten inches of fluffy white freeze. Lastly, find something that’s comfortable and makes you feel hot, even in the negative degrees weather! I chose a bright purple for my Khombus because it’s my favorite color, so every time I look down at my feet to shield my eyes from the oncoming snow flakes, I get a tiny dose of bright happiness, even in the gloominess and clouds of the winter day.

When I joined the pack with my clunky, furry boots, I began to notice others like mine, and others totally different. There’s a lot of variety out there that makes winter boots finally… fashionable. My purple Khombus, though they clash with some of the nicer things I’d like to wear, keep my precious toes warm, dry, and happy, and keep my butt where it should be instead of on the ground—and I still get compliments on them! It’s all about using the boots to enhance the snow-bunny sweater look you already have going in the winter. Especially since mine are so bright, I make sure whatever I wear on top doesn’t clash too hard, so I usually go for white, black, or something more plain and neutral on the days when I know I can’t make it to class without them. Whether you rock Ugg, Timberland, or Khombu like me, how do you use your boots to keep you warm and your look hot in the Snowpocalypse?

My comfortable, warm, wind-blown winter look, with my purple Khombus included.
My cozy, warm, wind-blown winter look, with my purple Khombus included.

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