I’ve come to the conclusion that you can’t be good at everything. I think I have a decent wardrobe and a pretty sweet jewelry collection. My makeup game is on a whole nother level. So what’s my fashion Achilles heel? Shoes. My shoe game is atrocious and shameful. I can never find a cute pair of shoes to wear, but I can always make up for it with big earrings, big hair, and bold makeup.
When it comes to shoe shopping, oftentimes I feel lost. Flat footed. Adrift in an ocean of heel heights and calf widths, not knowing where to turn. That’s when I turn to my Chicago bestie, Luvvie. You might already know her as the humor blogger of AwesomelyLuvvie.com or the co-founder of The Red Pump Project; the creator of DumbestTweets.com or the web designer extraordinaire who creates websites like the one you’re reading right now. Besides doing and being all of those things, Luvvie is also something of a shoe legend. When asked about this she responded, “I don’t know much ’bout science books or geography, but I do know shoes.” Hence her other blog, MustLuvvShoes.com. How many blogs can one person have? I thought I knew. And then I met Luvvie.
Even though she is ridiculously busy for obvious reasons, I’ve convinced her to write a monthly shoe post over here on Afrobella.com. Because I need shoe advice, and she’s shoe obsessed, this is a win win for us and for you bellas! If you have a shoe question or need advice on appropriate footwear for an event, leave a comment here or visit her MustLuvvShoes.com blog. This month, Luvvie’s here to advise us on getting our boot situation together for winter. Take it away, Luvvie!
Wintertime is approaching, and when you live in a city like Chicago, it’s essential that you’re prepared for the elements. And not just prepared. I also think it’s really important to maintain some level of cute while being warm. This is doable, even on a budget. Here are my top 5 picks of awesomely cute AND affordable winter boots!
1. Sorel’s Sorelia Earhart™ Shearling
I really like the brand Sorel and their winter boots. They’re usually very cute and very warm. This particular pair is leather (necessary if you’ll be trudging in snow. Have you ever stepped in snow in non-leather boots? That feeling of wet socks is the worst!) and shearling. The inside is lined with faux fur for extra warmth. Tuck your skinny jeans or leggings into these boots and take on the elements.
They’re $300, but for this quality of boots, they’re well worth it. These should last a couple of winters so you’ll get your money’s worth. Buy them on Sorel’s website.
2. Storm by Cougar Sienna Rain Boot
These are rain boots, so they’re waterproof. You can trudge in snow all you want and your socks will remain dry. And because they’re quilted, they’ll offer great warmth for the winter. And at $89.95, they’re a pretty good deal. You can remain warm and stylish, without breaking the bank. These are available at DSW.
3. The North Face Sveltelana
As most folks know, North Face is THE brand for cold weather accessories and apparel so they really don’t disappoint in what they offer. Put on a North Face jacket that’s thick enough and see if you don’t sweat in the dead of winter. In a harsh winter like the one that is being predicted for us this year, this will come in handy.
These boots are cute and add a spin to the typical winter boots with these black panels. Plus they’re shiny. The inside of the boots have faux fur as well as NorthFace’s PrimaLoft® Eco insulation. Your toes will be nice and toasty in these. They’re $170, so they’re not bad price-wise. You’ll thank them when you can feel your toes even in 10 degree weather. Get them at Zappos.com.
4. Steve Madden Harrness
I’m a lover of Steve Madden shoes and these are no different. They’re leather booties with faux-shearling lining. These are really cute and can be worn with a lot of various outfits. Jeans, skirts… whatever your heart desires. They’re available at 6pm.com for $78.48.
5. Bass Hadwin Duck Boot
Another pair of short boots to help deal with the elements. They’re waterproof and lined with fabric. Pull these on and go have a snowball fight. They’ll come in handy if you need to shovel snow. Rock thick socks with them and you’ll be just fine. They’re at DSW for $79.95. Getchu a piece.
So, stay warm this winter folks!
Luvvie is the writer behind the award-winning humor blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com, where she roasts and rants about life’s random adventures and pop culture. She’s also behind DumbestTweets.com, chronicling the foolishness that happens on Twitter. When not throwing side-eyes, she runs The Red Pump Project, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about HIV/AIDS and women. Luvvie’s also a social media strategist and a lover of shoes (MustLuvvShoes.com). Follow her on Twitter (@Luvvieig & @iLuvvit).
See any you like?? Which are your must-haves this winter?