Winter is Coming

Seven adventure-approved winter boots for cold-weather excursions

October 1, 2017

photography by Adrien Veczan; ice courtesy of Barry Collier, Icework; boots courtesy of Hayter Communications and Sport Chek​

(L to R) Danner Vertigo 917, Helly Hansen Garibaldi 2, UGG Adirondack II

Give your mind and body some love this winter by getting outside. Don’t let some flakes and chilly temperatures hold you back from getting bundled up and ducking out your front door. Say goodbye to ice-block toes, as these winter boots will have you not only stomping outdoors but also feeling and looking good.

Danner Vertigo 917

Street smarts and good old-fashioned winter sturdy combine to make a new modernized boot that will have you standing tall as you glide your way to work. Danner, a company known for designing premium hiking boots, launches the Vertigo boot this winter. Rocking a full-grain leather upper and water-proof Gore-Tex liner, these boots are ideal for the urban adventurer. 

Helly Hansen Garibaldi 2

You don’t need to up your credit limit to get fancy winter boots that will take on whatever Mother Nature throws at us. These sturdy, good value stompers will keep you extra warm and stylish when it is cold outside. Shovelling the deep and crusted sidewalk snow might take awhile, but don’t fret as you will not freeze or need to change footwear to make that coffee meeting before work. 

UGG Adirondack II

Everyone likes the comfort of their UGGs, but venturing out in winter when your front walkway turns into a curling sheet is not fun. Welcome winter, stop your usual slip-sliding with the function of the Adirondack II. Combine the signature warmth with star traction power and you have a winner for snowy streets. 

(L to R) Sorel Joan of Arctic, UGG Butte, Merrell Aurora Tall Ice+, Columbia Minx Omni-Heat

Sorel Joan of Arctic

If you can call a winter boot “cute,” this would be the one. It’s a go-with-anything winter boot for all places, from mountains to city to ranch. Fur mixed with the contrasts of coloured laces and a hearty rubber shell, keeping your feet looking good, steady and warm. You won’t want to wait to get these babies wrapped up in a bit of snow.

UGG Butte

Secretly everyone covets UGGs, knowing how sweet that comfy sheepskin would feel. Bite the bullet as it is cool to be hot in winter, and arm your feet with these champions — highly functional and yet uber cozy. Winter storm? You’ve got this, as these will stave off the wettest and harshest conditions with fully taped seams, waterproof leather exterior and that killer wool liner, all focused on you doing winter your way. 

Merrell Aurora Tall Ice+ Waterproof

Look good inside the cabin and tough enough to hit the snowy trails in these trail blazers. Feel stout and warm, backed by a tall, durable upper leather piece, and melted snow and slush will whisk away with the waterproof construction.

Columbia Minx Omni-Heat

Classic enough for bearskin rug time when that cabin is calling, and traction enough to get your nine to five on. The stylish look of faux fur will be a hit at the lodge, and the warm 200 grams of insulation and tough traction will keep you warm and comfy from the parking garage to the desk. 

Tips: The Right Fit Matters

  • Get your feet sized up, spend time with the boots laced up and make sure that your ankle has proper support
  • Your feet shouldn't touch the end of the boot and they should fit like a comfortable glove; not too tight and just right
  • Pick the boot that fits your lifestyle — shovel-ready, city friendly or trail blazing


This article appears in the October 2017 issue of Avenue Edmonton. Subscribe here.


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