These Shoes Will Save Your Winter Workwear Reputation
Sometimes it feels like during the Winter you have two options when it comes to footwear. Option 1: wear UGG boots on your commute and change into a sensible heel when you get to the office. Option 2: wear your favorite work shoes and freeze that tiny three-inch part of your foot that remains exposed to the elements (snow, rain, wind). We say there's a third solution, though. Finding a boot that's both warm and office-friendly is not that hard.
The key: a lugged sole.
A lugged sole is a thick rubber sole with indentations on the bottom, which enables you to brave less than perfect surfaces. While this type of sole is typically used for work shoes (most ubiquitously with Timberlands), the popular hiking boot trend has given birth to a whole range of lugged sole shoes, many of which are office-, date-, and even (gasp!) evening-appropriate.
My favorite lugged sole is a stretchy knit over-the-knee Linea Paolo Boot ($260). The stretchy knit allows me to slide them over a pair of leggings and pair them with an Oxford shirt or sweater for a cozy, warm, and totally work-appropriate look. The lugged sole permits me to jump, hop, or skip over the mountainous New York City snow mounds I face while en route to the subway with confidence. Style and utility: win-win!