I was wandering the streets of Paris this morning with the second blast of thick snow we have had tumbling down, in what I considered to be my 'Winter Boots'. My trusty brown leather Kurt Geiger biker boots have done me incredibly well - 2 years along the line, re-soled about 5 times, waterproof sprayed twice, polished once, look almost as good as when I bought them (debatable, maybe), and I thought they would get me through another Winter perfectly.
HOW I WAS WRONG.
Day one of wearing them and I get near to frost bite- you could almost wring them out with water and I felt as though I was walking barefoot in slushy snow. Note to self: use the waterproof spray.
As much as I didn't enjoy this unfortunate few hours of very cold and wet feet, it made me think of a basic, but vital checklist to go by when buying winter boots:
4. Good sole for grip and insulation
Although all of the above may seem obvious, it got me to thinking about my shoe and boot collection. I admit I perhaps have a few too many pairs of footwear, but NONE of them adhere to all of the above... I have therefore carefully selected a few pairs which do, and will take you blissfully through this freezing weather.
Park P, Pied a Terre (£175 from £225) Also available in Black
Andrea Suede Fold Over Ankle Lace Up Boots, Topshop (£65)
Marshall Fur Biker Boots, Topshop (£36)