I find myself in the same conundrum every year. Not which ski pass to buy. Not where to spend Christmas. But how to keep my feet dry and warm while biking to work without also looking totally unprofessional when I get there. It seems like you either drive to work and wear cute boots with no tread or bike around in clodhoppers.
I keep waiting for someone else to write this post for me so I know what shoes to buy, but it’s looks like I’m just going to have to take care of this one myself. So here goes. After doing some digging around on the internet, I provide for you, my dear outdoor enthusiasts who are also working professionals, boots that work in any of your daily environments.
If you are into colorful winter boots, these are for you. Usually I hate the toebox on Keen shoes, but these are pretty nice looking boots. And who knows? They have been doing quite a bit of rework on some of their hallmark designs recently, so maybe they will be up there with Merrell and Sorel in a year or two.
I am a huge fan of Merrell and Sorel. Obviously. Sorel has historically always had the best looking boots that have any utilitarian value, in my opinion. And Merrell has just been pumping out great looking shoes of all types. Patagonia got the axe, but the North Face has some nice looking waterproof boots and there is a smattering of others in here somewhere as well.
Don’t go to work in Uggs. I go to work in Uggs all the time and hate myself a little bit every single time I catch someone look at them. They are comfy, yes. And they are warm. They are not waterproof and you are not a college student in leggings and a short-waisted puffy with fur trim.
Did I forget to mention that you are going to need to go ahead and make peace with the fact that this will require you to part with a fairly significant amount of money? Fortunately these are all wicked stylin and will last you a good long while and they look great with everything. These are not your average winter boots. Keep telling yourself that as you continue reading…
This might be a little too much heel for biking, but I love Born shoes and these are especially cute. And they have pretty good treat considering they are mostly a fashion and comfort shoe, not a performance boot.
Obviously this is post is just for the ladies. Guys, you basically get a free pass on shoes by claiming ignorance or because no one cares, so you really don’t need my help.
I love the detail in the leather and the brass lace hooks. The fleece inner is different than their typical faux fur inner or trim, so that’s worth getting excited about. The wood heel and leather strap around the arch are awesome details as well as the lace-up and calf strap.
I never would have looked at Harley Davidson Boots because their clothes are always awful. But I was over at a friend’s house while riding this post and; she has a Harley and was telling me how much she likes her Harley boots. This is a person who buys herself a new pair of designer shoes when she wins a lawsuit, so I had to take a look. And it turns out they do have some really nice looking boots which are also surprisingly affordable. Who knew.
I love this boot and have ever since it came out last year (or maybe the year before?) I’m not sure how well that nice fleecy sheepskin holds up in the muck, and I have had other friends tell me these boots are hideous, but I love them. Clean use of leather straps over sheepskin is a nice Nordic styling. It feels like these were put together with the most obvious materials available in the most simple, functional way possible. Like they would have been hundreds of years ago. It’s almost enough to put me in the mood for a good baby seal clubbing. Which would make me a very posh baby seal clubber.
These also come in a barely two-tone chocolate which are really nice and subtle, but I also think you lose a lot in the design which is called out really nicely in the tan/chocolate shown here.
This shoe is basically my favorite trail running shoes made into perfectly work-appropriate shoes. I get compliments on my trail shoes already, I just feel weird walking into a meeting in neon orange trail shoes.
Just buy a pair of great boots. I know it’s painful. But why buy 6 crappy pairs that will only last one season instead?