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How to Pick the Right Boots for Fall and Winter

August 21st, 2013 Seasonal

Depending where you are, the weather can get cold awfully quickly after you've gotten used to the summer sun. As such, being prepared is a must for the coming winter months. While you might remember to unpack your heavy coat, one item that can often be overlooked is your footwear. A good, durable boot intended for snowy conditions can be a lifesaver when it starts getting colder outside. 

Climate 
Consider your climate when you're thinking about purchasing boots. While any given winter can be a little unpredictable, if you can expect there will be a lot of snow and temperatures below freezing, you'll want to look for a heavy duty brand. If your weather is a bit more mild, you may be better off getting a lighter pair. Assess where you plan to be when you'll be using them and you'll have narrowed down your choices already. If your winter is wet and somewhat cold, a Gore-tex boot should do the trick. However, a drier but extremely cold climate will require more in the way of insulation and lining. 

Some important questions to ask include: Do they need to be waterproof? Will I be walking on icy conditions? Am I going to use them for hiking?

Style
Generally speaking, you may want to consider sticking to fairly neutral colors so you can wear them with almost anything in your wardrobe. You don't want to be left freezing because your boots clashed with your outfit, so try sticking to the standard brown, black or tan. That said, you don't have to sacrifice style for performance. Even the most weather-proof boots still combo well with jeans or heavy pants you'll wear to keep warm in winter.

Brands like L.L. Bean, Sorel and Columbia all offer examples of boots that will get you through the winter and keep you looking stylish the whole way through. When the sun comes back and you hang them up for a few months, you'll be glad you had them to get you through.