Print Edition: October 22, 2014
Boots have become an all-weather accessory. When we think of boots, our thoughts drift to snow, but boots are an investment that can be worn year-round, depending on the style and material you choose.
If you’re willing to travel, Ross (a clothing and shoe store in the States) is always reliable in terms of boot selection, no matter the season. They even stock them alongside gladiator sandals in summer, when the West Coast is basking in sunlight.
During summer you can still wear boots. I go for a suede material, which has a lighter feel. When going out in the evening, try pairing a summer dress with some suede ankle boots.
Hiking boots are another all-season fashion trend for those who are athletically inclined (or at least want to look athletically inclined). They can be cute, and they’re very practical in terms of comfort and support.
When boot shopping, look for a cut and material that isn’t limited to the season for an investment in wear. During the fall and spring seasons, I typically choose leather or pleather boots — if you’re on a strict budget, go for pleather — in order to avoid soaking my feet to the bone. While suede is nice to feel and look at, it doesn’t hold up against the BC rain the way pleather does.
I found my best pair of black pleather boots at Ross in Bellingham. Knee-high with a slight heel for comfort and a zipper for added ease, these boots are magnificent. They’re also waterproof, which is definitely a feature to take into account when buying. Just because a boot looks cute doesn’t mean it will stand up to our weather.
If you’re a suede fan, don’t worry — you can also wear it in winter, as long as you’re careful to stay out of the slush. The longer your boots are exposed to water, the sooner it’ll soak its way into your socks.
And if you’re determined to wear your suede boots throughout winter, protective waterproof spray can be bought at any shoe retailer.