The weather has been all over the place this winter, and so has your wardrobe. Shoes are often the hardest part to figure out – wet, cold, uncomfortable feet make for a long day. But these boots (and other footwear) will set you on the right path.
– Men's Jack Hayo Waterproof Oxford Schiefer (Waldlaufer)
Waldlaufer is best known for their women's shoes, but their men's line is well worth checking out. We've been wearing these shoes for about two months now, using them for everything from daily wear to hiking and even to the gym a few times. They're a bit heavier than your average shoe but are rugged, sturdy, easy to wear for long days out and about, supportive, and definitely keep those feet dry. They're also so comfortable that you won't leave them in your closet when the season changes. About $190. https://www.waldlaufer.com
– Luana Ankle Boots (Arcopedico)
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Perfect for winter, these water-resistant and insanely comfortable boots may very well become your year-round faves for all occasions. They look like suede, but are made entirely of vegan materials and have a self-adjusting side elastic for extra comfort. With rounded toes and a slight wedge heel, they're great for dress-up or dress-down – and they're machine washable. Really. They're available in black, brown, and burgundy for around $105. http://arcopedicousa.com
– Yulia Bootie (Footwear Unlimited)
These new booties from Baretraps are easy to put on and just as easy to take off (although you probably won't want to). They're lightweight, comfortable, casual, nicely styled, and fun and go great with skirts or pants. Available in black, grey, and mushroom for $80 (but now on sale for as low as $50). https://www.footwearunlimited.com
– Detour BUGrip GTX (Icebug)
Perfect for this time of year (but also for the rest of the year, when mud's not a thing), these are great for hiking or running. They don't slip, are super supportive, and instead of laces, they tighten with a Boa Closure System, which Icebug says, "provides custom comfort with smooth, even closure and no pressure points". It's pretty cool: you turn the little knob on the tongue of the shoe, and it clicks until you reach the setting you like. Pull it up to release. The waterproof GORE-TEX membrane keeps snow, slush, water, mud, and spilled coffee out, and your feet dry – what's not to love about that. The carbide studded, BUGrip outsole is designed for ice and snow, but we had no issues on pavement, wood floors, or any other surface we tried them on. They have extra traction and "crunch" when you walk, so you won't be able to sneak up on anyone. About $230. https://us-shop.icebug.com/
– Metro2 Classic BUGrip (Icebug)
Headed out into the great outdoors? Like all Icebugs, these hiking boots are comfortable. With soft, oily (in a good way) nubuck on the outside, fleece lining, and supportive insoles, they'll keep your feet dry and warm in temperatures down to -4 (Fahrenheit). They also have those terrific carbide-studded, slip-resistant BUGrip outsoles. About $200. https://us-shop.icebug.com/
– Stripe (Arcopedico)
If you're thinking ahead to the spring (and who isn't?), you'll want to consider these attractive ballerina-type flats. With a satin and cotton fabric upper, a rounded toe, rubber sole, and its lighter-than-air weight, this is a shoe you can live in, once the weather warms up. They come in three striped options: blue/white, beige/white, and black/white. About $115. http://arcopedicousa.com
(Armin and Samantha are the authors of the popular parenting blogs: http://www.mrdad.com and http://www.havesippywilltravel.com.
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