Cute and Functional Winter Boots
Q: Are there any fashionable winter boots that actually have decent traction?
A: Absolutely! Trendy boots can also be water resistant, warm, and supportive. Just remember: Even all-weather pairs require proper care. Nick Valenti, general manager of Top Service Shoe Repair in New York (the O fashion team's go-to spot), recommends applying two light layers of waterproofing spray. It's also a worthy investment to have your cobbler add rubber sole-guards. "Aside from giving you a better grip," says Valenti, "they protect shoes from damaging street salt."
See 4 chic yet practical winter boots that Adam recommends
Quilted nylon gets sophisticated, thanks to a riding boot shape and leather trim.
Wedge boots and hiking boots are everywhere right now; this one combines both styles, in water-repellent suede.
Weatherproof booties look good indoors and out.
Aquatalia by Marvin K., $265; FootnotesOnline.com.