You can’t help but feel a little bit guilty thinking about making new fashion purchases this month. With all the doom and gloom in the financial news every day, hiding your money under your pillow would seem like a more appropriate action than engaging in any sort of retail therapy. But credit crisis or not, if you live in Canada, you can be sure that this year, like every other year, our extreme winter will soon set in. And, you will need to make some winter style decisions — namely the ever-important winter boots.
By now, you’ve probably casually browsed the selection of coats and boots and nothing has really caught your eye. You think the stores are surely going to get new merchandise soon. Think again. Surely there will be new styles added shortly. Not likely. If I have learned anything from enduring 20+ years of Canadian winters, it is that now is the perfect time to pick up your winter boots of choice.
I know, I know, not exactly your favourite annual fashion decision, but probably the most challenging. If you’re like me, you’re done with anything that is suede, flat, and stout. And the Sorels you bought looked so much better in your mind then in reality. Not to mention, you live in a big city, not on a ranch. So, what’s left?
Since city living means you encounter more slush than actual snow, the new winterized wellington boots make perfect sense. For both men and women, many designers have paired the traditional rubber lower boot with a more wintery upper made of anything from flannel to leather. Pick up a pair now before you miss the boat and the winter sale racks come out next month.
Terry Chan is a Canadian lawyer practicing finance law in London. She writes every Friday on style and fashion, perfectly aware that the next big thing is not looking like a lawyer.