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Women's cold weather boots or shoes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 04, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Winter is coming and I"m looking for two pairs of shoes, one for the 20-50 degree range and one that will survive in temperatures ranging from 20 to -15 or so. Last year I had my Vivo Barefoot, which did fine in 20-50 degrees, but didn't meet all my criteria for the perfect boot which is:

  • Flexible
  • Lightweight
  • Thinner sole, no heel
  • Feminine
  • Waterproof or water resistant

Have you found any shoes/boots like this? I'm considering these (wish they were a little more girly) and these, but I've never bought these brands so I don't know what their weight/flexiblity is like.

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on May 12, 2013
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on September 15, 2012
at 10:58 AM

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:53 AM

Yes, I already have some discontinued vivo water resistant boots. I like them ok, though I understand why they discontinued the ones I have because they have some design issues and are clunky. I am looking for something a little more rugged to have in addition to them.

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(2936)

on November 02, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Clunky is warm. Room for more insulation and socks.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 02, 2011
at 09:12 PM

Feminine doesn't have to mean cramped, heels, or spikes. For me it usually just means not-clunky.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on October 21, 2011
at 02:49 PM

http://www.softstarshoes.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=1331 Also just saw these, fairly local to me, I used to get my kids' shoes here.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 05, 2011
at 03:22 PM

Like Blundstones! Sweet.

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on October 05, 2011
at 02:49 PM

I'm a boy, so I got these - http://www.sierratradingpost.com/tretorn-strala-rubber-rain-boots-waterproof-for-men~p~4070p/?filterString=search~tretorn%2F&colorFamily=01&merch=-4070P - unlined and low cut. I live in Seattle so we dont have to worry about deep snow and crazy cold as much as plain ol wet and sloppy. I'll roll my pants into man-capris and slop around the dog park with the new puppy.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 05, 2011
at 02:57 AM

Did you get the lined or the unlined? Yeah, they're a great simple boot. I like how they're just wide enough so if you want to tuck jeans in you can, but not so wide that rain gets in.

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on October 04, 2011
at 11:15 PM

+1 I just picked up a pair of Tretorns as the rains have returned, but the puppy still wants to go to the park. Not a "minimal" sole in the classic sense, but no heel and very little drop that I noticed while trying them on.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 04, 2011
at 09:19 PM

Camper makes a really good product, have worn different styles over the years and have loved them.

For me, my Asolo's and OR Expedition Crocodile Goretex gaiters have saved my life these NY winters. For snow days they are my go-to, even dressed in full couture. Being a W. Coaster and avid snowshoe-er I give up on poncey girlie shoes on the crap days and have been known to put the gaiters over my Chucks on powder days. I also wear Sorels and am in the process of ordering either the Tretorn Kelly or Skerry as we seem to have way too much rain this year and am tired of the soggy shoes.. That being said..

  • Tretorn are great. They have tall and short, lined and unlined
  • Hunter - you can buy an insulated sock to keep feet warm in cold and rain
  • Keen Silverton boot is girlie but gives insulation + waterproof, same with the North Face Janey boot

Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

(4286)

on October 04, 2011
at 11:15 PM

+1 I just picked up a pair of Tretorns as the rains have returned, but the puppy still wants to go to the park. Not a "minimal" sole in the classic sense, but no heel and very little drop that I noticed while trying them on.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 05, 2011
at 02:57 AM

Did you get the lined or the unlined? Yeah, they're a great simple boot. I like how they're just wide enough so if you want to tuck jeans in you can, but not so wide that rain gets in.

Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

(4286)

on October 05, 2011
at 02:49 PM

I'm a boy, so I got these - http://www.sierratradingpost.com/tretorn-strala-rubber-rain-boots-waterproof-for-men~p~4070p/?filterString=search~tretorn%2F&colorFamily=01&merch=-4070P - unlined and low cut. I live in Seattle so we dont have to worry about deep snow and crazy cold as much as plain ol wet and sloppy. I'll roll my pants into man-capris and slop around the dog park with the new puppy.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 05, 2011
at 03:22 PM

Like Blundstones! Sweet.

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(24553)

on October 04, 2011
at 08:59 PM

I've been on the same hunt, and no perfect answer yet.

I might be a dork, but I often wear shearling slippers with a flexible outdoor sole when it is snowy (doesn't work as well in the rain). I guess that's the idea behind Uggs, not the most feminine though.

I've been impressed with the flexibility of the soles on Josef Siebel, Ecco, and Rieker city style boots, but they probably aren't as rough and tumble ready as you are looking for from the examples listed.

I found these on etsy and am intrigued, but they don't look like they'd stand up to water: http://www.etsy.com/listing/67336481/uzbek-hand-made-natural-sheep-skin?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=uzbekistan&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

I've also heard of people wearing neoprene surf booties for a barefoot feel in the winter. I haven't tried it yet though.

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on November 02, 2011
at 11:16 PM

I understand what you've been going through. I burned a hole in 2 pairs of dressy, black, waterproof snowboots (nearly 7 years of use!). I didn't realize until after a month of having sole pain, I looked at them carefully!

I've worn shoes from Ecco and the Walking Company that I like a lot for the past 10 years. Some withstand hours of standing at work.

Here's what I purchased this Fall:

Aetrex Berry Tall and Short Boots, and Ecco GTX boots for rain/snow.

They feel like I'm not wearing anything, and I can wear with dresses, skirts, suits, and in clinic! I've gotten compliments from others.

They fit your criteria like mine. :) waterproof, dressy, and goes with almost all clothing!

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on November 02, 2011
at 09:56 PM

I'm not sure which Vivobarefoots you had last year, but I just ordered those - http://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/ladies/boxing-boot-13.html/. They don't have a warm lining but I can wear warm socks with them. The store rep I spoke to also told me they're "splashproof" but not water resistant - but they will be if I spray them with sealant.

It seems the vivobarefoot Brooklyn boot is warm and water-resistant but based on the reviews, the shearling lining would make it much too narrow for my forefoot.

The Boxing boot should arrive by the end of the week - I hope it'll do the trick for me this winter! BTW, they look like galoshes in those pictures but the bpeople I talked to swore they look much better IRL.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 03, 2011
at 03:53 AM

Yes, I already have some discontinued vivo water resistant boots. I like them ok, though I understand why they discontinued the ones I have because they have some design issues and are clunky. I am looking for something a little more rugged to have in addition to them.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 02, 2011
at 09:13 PM

I ordered these lovely boots: http://www.zappos.com/product/7820202/color/1802

I love the look and I love that they are FLAT. But the soles are rather think. I like the way they perform in sleet/snow/rain though despite the fact that they are suede.

I just saw this Jambu review and they look interesting, but don't seem waterproof enough http://www.barefootangiebee.com/2011/11/jambu-nottingham-boot-review.html

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on October 05, 2011
at 02:22 PM

http://www.zappos.com/earth-lodge-2-caribou-suede I got these boots a couple winters back. I wore them in somewhat deep snow and they kept my feet warm (and I have Reynaud's); they do have a bit of a negative heel, it just feels a little wierd when I'm driving.

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on May 12, 2013
at 03:22 AM

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on October 05, 2011
at 02:05 PM

Target has TONS of suede + fur shoes and booties on sale right now. I bought 3 pairs already. They have soles that will stand up to walking on pavement. They aren't treated to be waterproof though. I have 3 pairs (one of which I ruined by accidently spilling black leather dye on them) I'm going to try testing Nikwax leather waterproofing treatment on that pair. I'll let you know how it goes.
Here are photos and links: They come in this light brown color, black and periwinkle http://www.target.com/p/Women-s-Corene-Bootie-Slippers-Chestnut/-/A-13466407 women's-cold-weather-boots-or-shoes?

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on October 04, 2011
at 09:02 PM

I have been checking out these: http://www.bogsfootwear.com/shop/index.html They meet most of your criteria, and I've been told by friends that are Bogs enthusiasts that they really meet every need for wonter shoes, and are pretty much worn exclusively.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on October 21, 2011
at 02:49 PM

http://www.softstarshoes.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=1331 Also just saw these, fairly local to me, I used to get my kids' shoes here.

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on January 18, 2013
at 08:50 AM

Women should own this style of shoes for cold weather, http://www.upere.com/upere-wedge-sneakers-suede-leathe-brown-p-21.html

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on September 15, 2012
at 05:53 AM

Good work.Thank you

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on July 17, 2012
at 09:13 AM

Its always important to have a nice warm pair of booties in the summer. I would recommend going to Macy's, as I did for last winter, which was brutal. I bought a pair there and they kept my tiny warm for the whole winter. Good luck

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on May 22, 2012
at 02:41 AM

This thread's a bit old, but I wanted to throw in a recommendation for the Phoenix Boot from Soft Star Shoes. I bought them last winter and they've served me beautifully through many Colorado snows -- pregnant, no less!

http://www.softstarshoes.com/phoenix-boot-chocolate.html

For those looking for a longer-winded recommendation, I wrote a blog post about my quest for barefoot winter shoes: http://golovelyrose.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/barefoot-winter-shoes/

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on December 10, 2011
at 09:07 PM

I wish Vibram Five Fingers would release the Kanga, Cervinia, or Bormio (for women) in the US, or something like the Cortina, but so far I haven't heard anything since the old birthday shoes post.

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on December 10, 2011
at 06:15 PM

The Lands End slippers I ordered for wearing to and from the pool (I hate putting socks on when my feet are wet) just arrived. I'm not sure how well the rubber outsole will stand up to outside use, but at $20 a pair, if they only last this winter, they'll be worth it. And they are so comfy on I think they'll get more use than I'd originally planned (I have Bearpaw boots for when there's lots of snow/slush).

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on October 05, 2011
at 08:56 PM

Forget feminine. I grew up with a big sister who had to wear feminine winter footwear if it killed her, gave her bunions eventually, could have resulted in amputated toes or worse. Spent my whole childhood shaking my head at her in dismay. Hey, give it up. Just forget it, would ya? There's nothing less sexy that a woman with spikes trying to negotiate a patch of ice. It's a mental disease! Man up, and get practical boots, alright?

BTW, what part of Michigan you going to? If it's the upper peninsula, everything I said goes double. I grew up on the Minnesota side of that monster lake, and it's arctic. Get serious sorel mukluks or something. Even then, leave room for extra socks.

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on November 02, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Clunky is warm. Room for more insulation and socks.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 02, 2011
at 09:12 PM

Feminine doesn't have to mean cramped, heels, or spikes. For me it usually just means not-clunky.

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on October 04, 2011
at 08:30 PM

Looks like the WABI meet all your criteria except the feminine part. I'm guessing the Timberlands have decent support, which I don't think you want. I'm curious to see what you can find - 'barefoot' shoes and boots for winter are always tricky! Good luck!

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on September 15, 2012
at 05:44 AM

I think dark tights legwear will look fine with it just as long as they aren't black. Browns/creams/beiges all go really well together so I'm sure it will look great. I'm not sure what you should do shoe-wise.

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on September 15, 2012
at 10:58 AM

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