As a seasoned New Yorker, I can definitely say that the ultimate litmus test for boots is a winter commuting through town. It’s no easy task: only the strong can survive piles of salt-soaked pavement, sporadic puddles of questionable melted ice, and the friction of metal from the subway stairs. How many times have you ordered a pair of gorgeous black boots in September to have them crumble by December? By the time I found my favorite styles and brands, that was an embarrassingly high number for me.
Before the days of quarantine life, the problem was exacerbated by the daily shuttle traffic from showroom to showroom for editorial appointments and weekly nightly events. There was also the fight to beat Fine balance between shoes that are good enough for morning meetings and shoes that are tough enough to handle the walking demands of the day. After a lot of money and pseudoscientific experiments on the street, I finally found the boots that meet the challenge. In front of me are my favorite foot-friendly Holy Grail boots that can withstand the heat of the toughest days on your feet.