In the Commandress feature Class It Up, contributor Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach shares ideas for taking your wardrobe to the next level.
The real theme of today’s column is “warm it up” – or how to avoid frostbitten feet.
Last weekend I made the painful discovery that my ECCO boots, which are really comfy and classically styled, will not cut it at an outdoor winter sporting event.
You may wonder why didn’t I know this already? You see, cold weather sporting events are something that I have been able to avoid, until now. My younger son was recruited by friends to join his high school’s lacrosse team. Overall, I am thrilled as Evan’s first love until now has been computer games. He’s taken to lacrosse like a duck to water, so it looks like I have four years of spectating ahead of me.
So on Saturday night I returned home, thawed my feet, and vowed I would not suffer cold feet again. My quest for lined boots began.
My advice to readers is plan ahead. If you do not own a pair of warm boots appropriate for cold weather events, take heed and invest in them before you find yourself regretting this literally painful hole in your wardrobe. And, I am here to help with four perfect pre-vetted options!
Of course, my standards for lined boots are high. My boots must look cute and blend style with function. They must be warm. They must be comfortable.
Based on these strict criteria, I’ve narrowed my selection to four:
My first instinct was to check L.L. Bean’s boot selection. In college, I loved my L.L. Bean Duck Boots – so I was not surprised to discover how much I like L.L. Bean’s Insulated Comfort Boots in Red Wine ($89). They are cute and functional – featuring a PrimaLoft lining and athletic shoe construction. Basically, they complete the checklist.
Next, I researched options by UGG – the current trend-setting company for warm, cozy boots. I’ve admired UGGs on other people, but I have never had a reason to consider them for myself. Until now. It will be hard to resist UGG’s Classic Short Water Resistant Leather Boot in Oxblood ($164.95 from Nordstrom; also available in Peacoat).
There is something snazzy about the next contender. I love the mix of patent leather and matte rubber on Hunter’s Original Patent Pac Boot in Bright Plum ($235 from Zappos; also available in Bright Peacock, Military Red and Black Patent).
The final boot to make the cut is ECCO’s Trace Boot in Wild Dove ($199.95 from Nordstrom). ECCO is such a consistently good brand. While my other finalists are colorful, this boot is a more understated gray – which appeals to the part of me that is into the normcore trend currently in vogue.
Disclosure – this post includes affiliate links for L.L.Bean, Nordstrom and Zappos.