Don’t mind the Sex and the City-esque title; I’ve been re-watching Season Two all weekend – and can I just say the styling in that particular season is fabulous. So in true Carrie Bradshaw fashion, today I pose the question of winter footwear, namely Sorel Boots, and whether or not we can count on them to paradoxically keep us both warm and stylish. In a city where most women don’t let their good shoes see the light of day in the months between November and April (unless they’ve got car service and underground parking) can we make winter boots a style staple?
You see it all started with Christian Thompson and Alexander Liang. We planned to meet one subarctic afternoon to shoot our respective outfits, eat cheese and laugh so hard that we call it core conditioning. Well we got to doing way more the LOL’ing than the OOTD’ing, resulting in me not coming up with anything spectacular in terms of an outfit. Since it doesn’t take much for me to throw caution to the windchill, I decided to eschew any laudable aesthetic concept for a more Philistinian approach.
Enter, Sorel Boots. I’ll take one pair of gnarly winter boots, one puffer jacket and a pair of oatmeal-toned jeans. Then I’ll take this long scoop-bottom t-shirt, layering it underneath my puffer peplum to create a silhouette, which will from now on be referred to as: the crotch bib. Picture it like a mud flap for your nether regions.
That’s the dirty truth of winter dressing. No matter what you wear, you’re bound to get salt stains, grey chalk marks like you rubbed up against a blackboard after a trigonometry class, and lots of slushy mud splattered everywhere. So, we revert to wearing utilitarian clothing because we’re afraid of ruining the good stuff, which is a logical fear but is it warranted?
You see, the Sorel boots have become the crux of my outfit. I start with them and move upwards, forging a look that screams Winter Chic, in a waterproof kind of way. And while I may not be primed for an outfit dance-off with ADR, I can certainly take on any pedestrian, any day, any time.
Photography by Alexander Liang.