I am in the market for new winter boots this season. This is by far my least favourite item to purchase (behind the winter coat, of course), and trust me I love to shop. I find myself in a precarious position. Do I just buy Sorels Caribou or Premium LTR Boot (classic winter boot, does the job, not very nice looking, everyone owns them) or do I spend a significant amount of time (and probably money) trying to track down another type of boot that is both stylish and does the job? I’ve noticed that companies like Sorel and Ugg do not stock all their styles of boots in Canada, which is very unfortunate because the styles that I do like are not available in Canada (see these and these - The latter boot I tried to buy last year but the price with shipping was a little too much to pay given that I was unable to try them on prior to purchasing them). I don’t really want to buy Sorels or Uggs if I can’t buy the styles I like, so this brings me to the brand Blonde. I purchased my last pair of winter boots from this brand (which sells at The Bay) and I must say they were pretty great boots that lasted 2-3 seasons before the zipper’s started to dislodge. I bought them at the end of the season when they were on sale so the price was significantly less which made up for the fact that they only lasted a few seasons. Ultimately, I think it was the style of the boot that eventually did them in. They are kind are bunched up near the middle so the zipper would bend and that’s why they got messed up. Anyways, I’m looking at a new pair of Blonde winter boots but they are quite expensive. My question to my followers and anyone else who reads this, do you know any stylish, affordable, winter boots that are truly winter boots and will protect against snow, slush, water?