From crepe soles to kitten heels, here's a selection of boots with varying degrees of practicality. So throw out your salt-encrusted runners and choose your weapons wisely.
Mod-ify your winter look with these white patent leather neo-go-gos ( 1 , Zara , 50 Bloor West, 416-916-2401, $189). Go black with embroidered details for a gentle twist on a classic style ( 2 , Studio de Luxe , 793 Queen West, 416-603-3704, $205). This leather criss-cross sport shoe by Fly ( 3 , Studio de Luxe, $215) is made for a man, but I say, "You go, girl" - a men's 7 generally fits a women's 9.
Innovations over at Blundstone have brought a new lug rubber sole to this classic, all-terrain boot ( 4 , the Australian Boot Company , 791 Queen West, 416-504-2411, $180, and others). These tan leather mock cowboy boots feature a hidden side zipper, which eliminates the cumbersome tugging usually involved ( 5 , Joe Singer Shoes , 2852 Danforth, 416-693-6045, and others, $83).
The price is what makes these crepe-soled lace-ups ( 6 , Zellers , 3003 Danforth, 416-690-8777, and others, $40) such a steal! With little pockets and a thick rubber sole, these olive nylon bomber-style boots by Fornarina will help you deal with the weather and keep your style in check ( 7 , Get Out Side , 437 Queen West, 416-593-5598, $129). Totally Canadiana, minus the fur, these leather, wedge-soled boots will be the envy of any pioneer ( 8 , Browns , Hazelton Lanes, 416-968-1806, and others, $288). These brown leather boots lace and zip up, and have a flat wooden heel ( 9 , Icon , Eaton Centre, 416-260-4664, $180).
Sassy yellow and green booties ( 10 , Icon, $200) provide an invigorating dose of colour therapy for those nasty winter days when you're stuck inside. (If you haven't noticed, these 3-inch-high leather numbers aren't exactly made for shovelling snow - unless it's from the end of a straw). Just in time for Halloween: pointy leather witch boo-ts! ( 11 , Zara, $149.) Talk about a hybrid - this kitten-heeled bootie ( 12 , Get Out Side, $189) has the white leather and hooks of an ice skate with the shape and quilting of a boxing shoe. They're very Ice Capades do Rocky .
Stuart Weitzman's luxe suede thigh-highs ( 13 , Holt Renfrew , $550) feature an elastic panel at the back that allows you the runway look with the ease of actually being able to sit cross-legged. All-weather sheepskin boots by Ugg keep your feet toasty in -30°C and cool in 26°C weather ( 14 , the Australian Boot Company, $380). These stretch boots have a tread sole that gives you a minor grip on winter ( 15 , Icon, $225).