Winter Boots for the Young Professor

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends has asked the Manolo the question.

Dear Manolo,

I am a young professor. My campus is hilly, the winters are brutal, and the laptop and books I lug to class are very heavy. Is there a pair of black winter boots out there for me? They have to withstand the long walks and the winter storms. They have to look good with black pants. And they should convey innate authority while subtly reminding the world that even professors can be super-fantastic.

Thank you,
No Corduroy Patches

Ayyyy, winter! Is it over yet?

It is no secret that the Manolo is the fan of the La Candadienne boots for the bad weather wearing, especially if one must maintain some level of decorum and professional appearance, even while tromping through the arctic tundra of the frozen northern campus.

And so the Manolo would recommend one of the following two boots as being suitable for his patchless friend.

Terry by La Canadienne    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Here is the Terry from the La Canadienne the retro-stylish, low-boot that is supposedly impervious to the elements. This is the sort of boot that one can wear profitably under the black-on-black urban chic pants.

If the Manolo’s friend were to broaden her wardrobe, with the addition of skirts and tights, the tall boot would be more appropriate.

Katrina from La Canadienne    Manolo Likes!  Click!

This is the Katrina from the La Canadienne, which like the Terry is reputedly weatherproof.

Of the course, the Manolo is assuming that his friend is employed at the place where the bulk of the snow is removed by the appropriate authorities, thus allowing her to wear the heels.

If it is otherwise, where the ice and snow accumulate until the first thaw, and the hills are Himalayan in aspect, the Manolo would recommend something more technological in nature, with stout laces and perhaps crampons.


14 Responses to “Winter Boots for the Young Professor”

  1. Kate Cavendish Says:

    This post contains the three elements so very dear to my heart: professors, snow, and arctic style. And how lovely that “professor” can be used in the same post as the term “retro-stylish” (you’ll note I didn’t say the same “sentence”!) without a tad of irony.

  2. haqikah Says:

    The katrina boot is hot!

  3. haqikah Says:

    The katrina boot is hot!

  4. Ryno Says:

    I wish I knew what my daughter bought. Stylistically and techically they are somewhere between the black boots and the Vasque boots. She wore them in Montreal this winter and was comfortable, but felt comfortable in high-end restaurants. I’ll have to find out.

  5. Elizabeth Says:

    I have the La Canadienne low boots and I can tell you, they ROCK!

  6. Amy Says:

    I have a tall suede La Canadienne boot and I love them. I bought them last year but hardly wore them due to a mild winter. I brought them out of the closet this year due to a much harsher winter. They have remained stylish through salt, slush and ice.

  7. AMG Says:

    I wore black Katrinas yesterday to a funeral. Some sleet mixed with rain began falling when we had all reached the gravesite. The lack of umbrellas gave the men a chance to cry unnoticed because all our faces were streaked with sleet, rain and tears. On our way back to the cars, I noticed the uneven, partially frozen ground was muddy in places. My feet remained warm and dry. The Katrinas were in perfect shape when I removed them that evening; there was just a little mud on the rubber soles that came off easily. I’m glad I bought the grey Katrinas too.

  8. Keren Says:

    I, too, have a pair of La Canadiennes, and they are absolutely my go-to boot for the bad weather! They stomp through puddles/snow/salty slush, then wipe clean to look hot with a dress–all while keeping my feet toasty and comfortable, even when I’m on them all day. I have never had shoes SO worth $250.

  9. JK Says:

    Wow, the La Canadiennes look like you could walk around all day and be stylish and comfortable! *want*

  10. Laura V Says:

    I adore my La Canadienne ankle boots, which are very similar to these:

    (I don’t think they’re exactly the same, but if I were replacing my boots those are the ones I’d probably buy.)

    They’re olive suede, but I dared greatly to wear them in the muck & slush, and they came out of it looking just fine. I’ve had them repaired twice, and they continue to be comfy and impervious to the elements.

    I find that the calves of La Canadienne boots run narrow, so for big-calved me it is ankle boots or nothing — but oh, they’re so worth it.

  11. EZ Says:

    Because my GF is an avowed shoe hater (she swore she would only wear sandals and slip-on comfy shoes), it was with great trepidation that for xmas I bought her the La Canadienne Jenny ( with the hope of helping her see the light that are super fantastic shoes.

    When she opened the box, the look on her face said “oh bother”. But, she tried them on and grudgingly admitted they were stylish and comfortable. She then wore them to work and received many compliments. They grew on her so quickly that when she left for a trip to Amsterdam only a week later, they were one of only 2 pair of shoes she took with her (wearing the boots, packing the shoes in her luggage). Since her return, she now wears them several times a week.

    So, I consider my efforts a success. :-)

  12. gitasan Says:

    La Canadienne REALLY knows how to make a great boot that looks good and keeps your warm! love most of their styles…I like the Lily for wet weather!

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