Thursday, January 31, 2008

Getting the Boot

L. to r.: Ugg “Ultimate Cuff” with removable, replaceable sheepskin lining, ties in front for snug fit, $203.95; Tretorn “Skerry Vinter W, rubber Wellies, lined with man-made fur, rain or snow, in white, green or hot pink, $63.95; Khombu “Highland” waterproof suede and rubber with moisrue-wicking/anti-fungal foam footbed, in red, tan or black, $73.95. All available at zappos.com.
By Ki Hackney

On a quick business trip to Cincinnati last week it was 12° the day I arrived and 5° the next morning when I took off. Chilly. It reminded me of the nice warm and definitely sturdy Vasque-brand boots that my daughters gave me a few snow-covered and icy-sidewalk years ago as a thoughtful and definitely safer replacement for my standard foul weather footgear: old ballerina flats.

It's still cold outside in The Big Apple, and, after this trip, I wondered what, considering the burgeoning supply of spring fashions, is still available in-store to keep our tootsies warm. And there’s an even greater, sometimes overwhelming, selection online ... from Jimmy Choo’s flat suede boots with rabbit fur lining, on sale for $497.50 (www.jimmychoo.com) or Stuart Weitzman’ suede and rabbit fur Pouf for $385 (www.stuartweitzman.com) to Lowa’s Banff Hiking Boots for men and for women ranging from $220 $235 (www.rei.com). Here’s a very practical scoop:
Ugg Australia “Adirondack,” lace-up boot; waterproof leather/suede upper, rubber sole removable and replaceable sheepskin sockliner; $250 at bloomingdales.com. Juicy Couture “Anya” furry Pull-On boot with leather upper and rubber crepe sole ... functional ties; $285 at bloomingdales.com.
KORS Mickael Kors “Splash” rain boot with wedge heel; green only. Waterproof rubber; $120 at bloomingdales.com. Pajar “Volpe” Fur Wedge Boot ... pull-on, hair calf upper/shearling lining, flexible rubber sole, tassel detail; $475 at bloomingdales.com.
Michael Kors orange wedge rain boot; $120 at SaksFifthAvenue.com. Hunter “Lady N” Boots in tan/brown; $130 at SaksFifthAvenue.com. Red Aquatillia by Marvin K, tall rain boots; $195 at SaksFifthAvenue.com.
Barbour Wellingtons – Men’s Country Field boots in leather-grain look rubber with tartan lining; $98 at magnums.net or 1- 888-magnums. Men’s Derby Cottage Rubber Boot black PVC riding boot, padded lining; $72.95 in reg. and wide widths; Also avail for kids, 56.95. Both available at ManhattanSaddlery.com or 117 E. 24th St., 212-673-1400.
1. Clarks “Ice” shoe ... Artisan Waterproof full grain leather upper, Neoprene linings, foam cushioned footbed. Great traction; several colors; $80.

2. Crocks Kids Georgie ... the same croslite PCCF material as the sandals. Built-in orthotic support, ultra light-weight, in blue, fuchsia, yellow; $30.

3. Merrell Women’s Thermo 6 Waterproof; polartec Thermo 200 lining over Thinsulate ... ridges at heel to secure snowshoe strap or for hands-off boot removal. Waterproof Nubuck leather upper. Sole has rugged lugs for wide-range grip. Black with blue layer in sole; $109.95.

4. Western Chief FireChief Boots ... Children's (also adults) ... yellow ... handles; $25.

All available at TipTopShoes.com.
L. to r.: Edimburg flat boot, rubber, lug sole, signature horsebit. Green rubber with white trim and white hardware; $295 at Gucci.com.

Dubarry Galway Tall Boot; water resistant with quick-dry properties. leather/suede; Gore-Tex lining for waterproofness and breathability plus wicking for gardening to fishing to after ski. Black/brown; $398 at ManhattanSaddlery.com.

Gabriella Rocha tartan plaid rubber rain boot, non-slip tread; $49.95 at zappos.com.
Top, left: Earth Dakota Shoe; women’s. Black or brown ... negative heel, toggle buttons plus inside zipper; antomic footbed, ergonomic Earth sole; on sale for $90.30.

Top, right: The North Face Isabel for women with Primaloft insulation and aggressive TNF wintergrip traction; shearling collar lining, antimicrobial and ergonomic footbed, etc. nubuck upper and wrap-around ties; $149.95.

Above, left:
Merrell Spire Zip waterproof women’s mid-height, slip-on boot in waterproof leather. Cushioned construction, molded arch bridge ... exceptional support. Polartec lining; $134.95.

Above, right:
Timberland Canard Snow Basin Lace – Men’s, brown, with Thermolite® insulation, rugged sole, waterproof; on sale for $76.96.

All available at Paragonsports.com.
Camper “Industrial-45557”; suede boot with faux fur lining. Red or brown suede; $171.50 at zappos.com. Stuart Weitzman “Rainy” ankle boot, with 2 ¾” heel; water-proof Goretex®, leather trim, flexible sole; $355 at zappos.com.
Taryn Rose “Elliana”; leather and suede upper with adjustable buckles; rubber non-skid sole; $795 at zappos.com. Kamik “Snowden” lace-ups in rubber and suede and nubuck leather upper, waterproof construction in orange, magenta, light navy or yellow; fleece snow collar and removable liner; $88.95 at zappos.com.
Hunter Hunter Original latex-dipped construction gives seamless waterproof shell; $98 at zappos.com. Nine West “Yogini” rubber pull-ons. With molder rubber outsold. blue, silver, pink, green dots, black/gray, black; $72.95 at zappos.com.
Silver Rubber Duck Snow Joggers in patent leather and suede; $99.95 at zappos.com. Tretorn “Skerry Vinter W; rubber Wellies; lined with man-made fur; rain or snow; white, green or hot pink; $63.95 at zappos.com.