When Toronto natives complain about the cold I can't help but roll my eyes. Sorry, but -10 is nothing and 20cm of snow is a cakewalk. I grew up in the Ottawa valley, which is pretty much an ice box from November to March. I may have become soft over the last eight years in Toronto but I fully admit that the weather this winter has been horrific. In order to safely and somewhat comfortably trek to work in what feels like the arctic, Torontonians have had to step up their outerwear game. My major fear? Falling! I do everything in my power to prevent slipping on the ice rinks that have replaced all the side walk in this city. Every year I manage to find myself landing on my keister at least once, usually due to stupid footwear decisions. But not this year! There's no reason for you (or me) to become a victim of a weather-related injury. I've rounded up 3 fabulously functional winter boots that will get you through this monstrous season. [caption id="attachment_11655" align="aligncenter" width="430"] Cougar Tonto Snow Boot, $100.[/caption] Best for blizzards: This boot from beloved Canadian footwear line Cougar is ideal for -10 to -30 temperatures. These polar fleece lined boots are both warm and waterproof, perfect on blustery snow filled days. [caption id="attachment_11654" align="aligncenter" width="420"] Sorel Medina Rain Ankle Boot, $250.[/caption] Best for slushy conditions: Ok, I know exactly what you're thinking: "A heel on a winter boot, are you mad?!" Nope, just fashion minded! These cute waterproof ankle boots come from Canadian snow boot authority, Sorel. Of course these babies aren't intended for blizzard-esque or icy conditions, but they are ideal for wet slushy weather. [caption id="attachment_11656" align="aligncenter" width="384"] Santana Blair 2 boot, $160.[/caption]
Best for après ski: These quilted faux plush mink boots with an equestrian twist are the perfect all-round winter boot. They're waterproof, slip resistant and have a cold rating of -20. Plus, they look super chic.