We often read about transitioning footwear from winter to spring and summer to fall but what about fall to winter? The struggle can be real—do you pull out the heavy duty lug-sole Sorel boots or do you hold out with a pair of rubber Hunter boots? Since Canada is vast, depending on where you live can mean different degrees of protection—and traction. Here are 13 transitional boots that will have you looking stylish and protected this fall and winter. We picked one to go with every major city in Canada, related to their average fall forecast.
Vancouver's wettest season is autumn, with an average of 450mm of rainfall. Come December the average temperature hovers around 6°C. Which means it's the perfect time to break out a pair of fleece lined rubber boots, or simply add liners to a pair of wellies you already own.
Redford boots, $110.
The most common forms of precipitation during November and December are light to moderate snow fall. Temperature can range drastically throughout the day, with daily highs of around 7°C dropping to -5°C.
Clarks Whistle Be a Leather Booties, $180.
Halifax gets a hefty rain fall come the autumn, with its rainiest month being November. The average temp is 6°C but come December it drops to -5°C with rain fall turning into snowfall of about 35 cms. Look for a water-repellant boots to keep feet dry and wool inning in your boots to get yours toes tasty.
Ecco ‘Elaine’ buckle boot, $290.
Charlottetown's rainiest time is during the fall, and come December there’s a mix of rainfall (59mm) and snowfall (66cm) with an average temperatures of -4°C. No need to pull out the big guns yet, stick to a sleek pair of waterproof boots.
Cougar ‘Quill’ boot, $110.
Come December Saskatoon sits at -11°C with light to moderate snowfall and an average of 18cm falling by months end.
Evener Peak Waterproof boots, $300.
Come December Toronto’s average forecast calls for moderate weather sitting at 1°C with a nice dusting of snow, 22cm to be exact. No need for heavy duty winter boots just yet, slip into something a little bit more fashion than function.
Arvida boots, $170.
December in Montreal is typically cold. According to Canada's National Climate Data, the average daily temperature for the month is -5°C. Though January and February are the snowiest months, Montreal normally has a blanket of snow come December. The month usually sees about 58 cm of snow, so it’s important to have a good bit of traction and warmth built into your boots.
Anchorage boot, $312.
Yellowknife's December average sit at a brisk -20°C with roughly 60 cm of snow projected, so it's time to break out the snow boots!
Ugg ‘Caleigh’ boot, $158.
Come the month of December daily temperatures range from -9°C—20°C. Snowfall is usually light and sits around 30cm. Look for boots that provide plenty of warmth, breathability and dry quickly.
Como boot with a temperature rating of -30°C, $170.
Fredericton enjoys a sunny climate, averaging about 2,000 hours of sunshine a year however its temperatures are on the chillier side come December, sitting around -6°C with snowfall accumulation hitting highs of 37cm.
Perry Top Sider Black saltwater boots, $140.
Winnipeg has its nickname "Winterpeg" for a reason, the city's temperature fluctuates but come December averages sit at -15°C with a light snowfall, accumulations only reach 12cm.
ROYAL CANADIAN ‘Kanata’ lace-up leather boots, $220.
Out east they get a warmer fall, and St. Johns is no exception. But the temps start to change quickly nearing the transition to winter with temps going from 4°C to -10°C in a flash with an snowfall for the months of December reaching 63cm. Try slipping on a pair of breathable leather boots with a flexible lug-sole and sterling lining.
Naturalizer ‘Tamsie’, $200.
Iqaluit is in the Arctic, so it's COLD. It's average fall to winter temperatures are crisp and cool: -23°C. Rubber boots won’t cut it, you need a boot that’s warm, functional and durable.
Tofino II Boots, $176.
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These pretty, functional options will keep you on track in style all year long.
Featuring 12 travel-inspired original illustrations from around the world, this wall calendar is truly a piece of art.
This compact planner—packed with inspirational quotes, sections to keep track of celebrations and important contacts—is perfect for popping into your purse.
Choose from a variety of cover options and personalize it with your name. You can even choose the start month.
Upload 12 of your favourite photos to enjoy year-round on this reclaimed pine clipboard calendar.
Keep everyone in the family organized with this wipeable, magnetic calendar. The simple design makes it the perfect addition to a home office or front entryway.
The weekly format of this chic planner (featuring the artwork of artist Cat Seto) will help you stay on track in style.
This die cut desk calendar is a must-have for animal lovers! Not a cat person? It’s also available in dog and rabbit versions.
Create a custom desk calendar that can be used every year in just a few simple steps. See the full instructions at A Beautiful Mess.
Earth-friendly facts, quotes and simple tasks will encourage you to make greener choices all year round. Print it for free at Botanical Paperworks.
If simple is more your style, then this modern agenda is the one for you. It's 8 inch by 10 inch size leaves plenty of room to write notes and make plans.
Photography by Angus Fergusson
When it comes to holiday decorating, lush fabrics, warm accents and a moody palette keep things cozy.
At lifestyle expert and TV personality Liv Judd Soye's house, the holidays don't kick in to high gear until Christmas Eve, when she sets a pot of clove- and almond-scented gløgg, or mulled wine, to simmer on the stove and everyone unwraps a fresh set of pajamas. These traditions—a combination of her Norwegian and British heritage, as well as the Irish roots of her husband, Brian Soye, and the customs she's starting with their two young daughters, Malin, 4, and Vendela, 2—are the most important part of the family's celebrations. "Having deep-rooted traditions is something that ties us together and helps us feel connected to family back home in Norway and Ireland," she says.
Homeowners Liv Judd Soy and Brian Soye with their kids, Vendela and Malin.
That European background, and her childhood years spent in northern Saskatchewan, also helped shape her glam but relaxed esthetic. The family's midtown Toronto home features warm woods, dark walls and mixed metals. "I like glamour, but I don't want anything to look too perfect. My trick is to add in a few unexpected twists," she says.
For the holidays, Judd Soye plays up this palette, mixing gilded elements with black-and-white patterns to create a dazzling look that carries throughout the house.
Go for gold
In the family room, luxurious grey walls make for a dramatic backdrop. Reflective, shining accents add elegance, while a contemporary tufted sofa and a raw-wood coffee table have a grounding presence.
Style tip: If you have a fake tree, add in a few real twigs, gathered from the backyard or a local park, for visual interest, texture and added fullness.
Accessories are the easiest way to add sparkle for the holidays. But don't feel obligated to strictly stick to gold tones. "Layering a mix of metallic shades makes a space feel less opulent and more current," says Judd Soye.
Penguin sculpture, stocking hangers and stockings, homesense.ca.
Everything from kid-friendly "crafternoons" to family gatherings happens in the kitchen, so this long, narrow space needed a clean, pared-down galley layout. Cabinetry and appliances run along one wall, helping it feel airy and spacious, as does the abundant natural light. The walls and cabinets are painted in similar hues, which gives the illusion of space, while the island offers plenty of seating—and some extra storage.
Shiny and bright
Glass-front uppers put Judd Soye's prettiest dishes and glassware on display, but solid lower cabinets are a must for wrangling clutter. Black-and-white stripes are a recurring motif throughout the home; here, they pop against the light-colour cabinetry and countertops.
Gold-plated three-tiered tray, homesense.ca.
Small, eclectic vignettes—like this agate tray, which holds ornaments and a mini bottle of bubbly—add personality and an extra hit of shine.
A decorative shallow bowl filled with ornaments is festive (and easy to execute!). Mix up the patterns for a playful vibe, but keep your palette restrained for maximum impact.
Bowl and ornaments, homesense.ca.
Dressed to impress
A dedicated dressing room might seem like a luxury, but this multi-use space does it all. The converted attic loft, just steps up from the master bedroom, houses wall-to-wall closets, the master bath, a nook for Judd Soye's office and a space for her girls to play when she's getting ready for the day.
In Vendela's room, an oversize reindeer (adorned with a playful wreath) adds a toddler-friendly holiday touch.
Style tip: Design a space your child can grow in to. The striped chair and saturated rug will work in a more grown-up bedroom just as well as they do in this nursery.
Felt banner, faux sheepskin, reindeer, felt wreath and rug, homesense.ca.
Playful patterns and a colourful gallery wall are fun counterpoints to the sharp grey-and-black palette in Malin's room.
Quilt, sheets, white metal trunks and rugs, homesense.ca.
A sweet pom-pom garland adds an unexpected hit of merriment to a vintage dresser.