Shopping PSA: Now's the Best Time to Start Buying Snow Boots
How’s your local forecast looking this week? Will the sun be shining? The temperature too high for a coat? Is snow shoe shopping the last thing from your mind? Good. That means you’ll got a fighting chance to secure good pair—before everyone else starts looking.
I learned this lesson the hard way last year when, well before the season’s first blizzard, I attempted to order a new pair of duck boots right after Thanksgiving. “Back-ordered until March,” the screen mocked me once, twice, five times over as I desperately bounced between sites. In the end I made two purchases: ugly rubber galoshes to see me through winter and a sturdy, fleece-lined style that wouldn’t arrive until spring.
Merely early isn’t early enough when it comes to competing with the masses for bad-weather footwear. You’ve got to hit right after summer wraps, but before the last leaves fall; when everything has just hit stores, and you’ve still got plenty of choices. Don't make the same mistake as me! Below, 11 amazing options worth stockpiling now.
Thoughtful details, like a red-trimmed ruffle and silver buckle, set this one apart from other shearling designs.
Between the brown suede and ivory fleece, such a cozy contrast of textures.
With a chunky sock scrunched at the top, embrace the ’90s in the coolest possible way.
For when it's too cold for stilettos, but you can't get down with flats.
Particularly chic when paired with similar shades of cream, tan, and taupe.
Nod to this season’s military trend with army green and epaulet-inspired silver buckles.
Opt for a lace-up design to accommodate extra layers.
The secret to wearing heels when the streets ice over: sturdy lug soles (and very careful steps).
Go for a less expected color scheme than all black or brown with an equally versatile blend of light tan and blue.
CHARLES BY CHARLES DAVID
Polished enough to keep on inside, these work especially well with slim jeans and an oversized knit.
The pair that takes fall’s combat boot trend straight through blizzard season.