AUSTRALIAN BOOT COMPANY 791 Queen West, 416-504-2411,.
AUSTRALIAN BOOT COMPANY 791 Queen West, 416-504-2411, australianboot.com
If you’ve been slipping your feet into winter’s footwear fads, you’ve found yourself tumbling down the sidewalk in over-the-knee styles and platform booties. Late January boot shoppers are looking for practicality in all its cozy, dry hardiness, usually starting and ending their search at the Australian Boot Company.
“We call Blundstones fashion-proof,” says Andria Gillis at the Queen West store (there’s a second ABC uptown at 2644 Yonge, between Eglinton and Lawrence). Committed customers buy the same styles of the ankle-high classics, available with chiselled or round toes in an earthy rainbow of leathers and suedes, over and over again.
ABC also carries gorgeous R.M. Williams riding boots and, of course, Uggs. The sheepskin-lined collection, best known for keeping bare celebrity feet toasty while they’re chased through Malibu by the paps, has expanded to include lace-ups and knit options with fold over cuffs.
Australian Boot Company picks: Blundstones’ Crazy Horse style looks best in supple tan nubuck, $179.95 go short or tall in a pair of Adirondak II Uggs, $314.95 to $394.95 it takes a team of 80 people to handmake one pair of R.M. Williams’s Comfort Craftsman boots, $429.95.
Look for: A discount of $18.70 if you wear your old Blundstones when you shop for your new boots.
Hours: Monday to Friday 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.