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Granted, the dusting of snow outside today is hardly daunting, but if you haven't got a pair of warm winter boots that can handle at least half a foot of snow by now, you're just putting off the inevitable. Can your boots handle the double duty of keeping you warm and dry and stylish?
The fleece-lined Columbia Footwear Erial Rocsoft boots (above) in winter white are an important building block for the jet-set ski-bunny look, even if the closest you plan on getting to the slopes is reading about Gstaad in Travel + Leisure. $78 at Sierra Trading Post.
Lori's has a whole section dedicated to winter-ready boots both in the Lincoln Park store and online. The little strip of faux-fur lining peeking out of the Trevis by La Canadienne ($258) looks luxe, but not overly so. Made of charcoal waterproof suede (they also come in black), they can be scrunched down or worn up.
The North Face Janey has an appealing bohemian aura for those whose tastes in cold-weather gear meander to the west. So much better than UGGs. $155 at REI.com.
Me, I'm going to stick with warm socks and Hunter boots (you can also buy special fleece socks for them). Salt easily wipes away and in a range of hues including glossy pea green and aubergine, they provide a much-needed dash of color on gray winter days. $114.95 at Zappos.