Last night, we witnessed just about every type of precipitation here in Santa Fe, NM. It started with a light sprinkle, followed by lightning and wind, which rapidly became a mixture of sleet and hail. When I awoke this morning, and stumbled out my door to go get coffee, I stepped promptly into a puddle outside my door. What better time than to write a post about rugged winter boots? There is no better time, that’s my answer.
So, let us hark upon a journey to lessen the days of wet socks that threaten trench foot by channeling our free testosterone into our feet by donning our rugged boots. For, why circumvent the puddle when you can trudge through it?! And so trail- (ahem, puddle- ) blazers, here are our selections for boots this winter:
Rugged, Stylish, and yes, Waterproof: The Ecco ‘Bendix’ Boot
These plain-toed beauties are the traditional rugged style boot. Waterproof and warm, these boots are almost a thing of perfection for winter. They fit well with almost any pant. They can be tied up around the ankle, or left untied depending on use and style preference. Disclaimer: I wear these boots. $220 at Nordstrom
Sleek, yet still Rugged, and, once again, Waterproof: The Ugg ‘Hannen’ Boot
Channel your inner Tom ‘Greatest Living American’ Brady with these boots. Australia is rugged, and these are made there, so you know they are gonna get the job done. These boots come with a soft shearling for warm toes. Once again, they offer flexibility of lacing depending on your style/use preferences. These boots are gonna stand out a little more than the Bendix will. $260 at Nordstrom
Boots with Class, Comfort, and OK, less Waterproof than the Others: The Timberland ‘Abington-Quarryville Tall Boot’
These boots are made of fine leather and lack the waterproofing seal that the other two have. They make up for that in class. These boots are lace ‘em to the top and wear with any outfit from walking to the mailbox in your boxers to coat-and-tie. $200 at Nordstrom
That concludes our suggestions for rugged boots this Winter. Keep your feet dry out there, men. It’s supposed to be a wet Winter.