Winter is ending, finally. There are more days of bright sun and fewer days of snow. There are more days of warm temperatures than there are of negative degree nights. This being said, winter is not done, it is just changing. Gone are the days of feet of snow, but here are the days of ice and slush. This means a change in the wardrobe and in particular the shoes that one wears. While some shoes are ideal for the snow which provides some traction, these shoes are not always ideal for the wet ice and the freezing slush.
Winter boots, with their thick insulation and waterproof construction, are still considered the best footwear that a person can have. These come in a wide array of fashions, even heels, although on the ice, one would suggest a very short heel or flat. These come in an array of materials, most often leather or a rubber-like material. These boots provide the individual with the best traction and the best defense against the cold and wet that the slush and the ice are. In addition, these are easy to clean and easy to care for.
While the peep toes and the strappy heels look fun, one must remember what they are used for. They are used to look sexy and fun. This is nice, except they provide no protection against the weather. The soles on these shoes are often smooth, limiting the traction that a person has available. The material is thin and form fitting, keeping the sexy look and there is a lot of area on the foot that is not covered. These shoes are ideal for contracting frostbite in the winter/spring weather. Save these shoes for once you get to the event and in the door.
As for those horrid Uggs and the cloth version of these shoes, please, please use some common sense. If the shoe looks like a house slipper, do not wear it outside. If the construction of the shoe features cotton, remember, cotton is very absorbent; it is what towels are made of. These shoes may be warm and soft in the store, but they are not functional outside. Stepping in a puddle in these shoes will guarantee a chill; slush and ice will not only be outside of the shoe, but also in the shoe and against the skin. Not to mention that the shoe makes the individual look like they have blocks for ankles and calves, lost in all definition without the logic of a winter boot.