block heel makes La Canadienne's waterproof
"Jackie" boot a go-to. $415,
or duck boots do a fine job of keeping toes warm and dry
between home and office, but rubber uppers don’t look
so great in a business meeting or on a date.
are warm and waterproof boots that look as appropriate
around a conference or cocktail table as they do in a
rain puddle or snowdrift. No coincidence that many of
the finest hail from Canada — Aquatalia by Marvin K.,
La Canadienne, Pajar, Blondo.
some surpass $400 at full retail, there’s no better
time to invest than after the holidays, when prices dip
to yearly lows, along with the temperatures. Sharp-eyed
shoppers can score deals at end-of-season sales and at
sibling stores to specialty retailers, like Nordstrom
Assous, Ugg, Santana — even The North Face — offer
some office-appropriate waterproof options, from
knee-highs to booties, under $200.
the fine print on the descriptions before you buy if you
want serious protection from moisture. Shearling is
tough to render entirely waterproof. That’s why some
of La Canadienne’s boots use straight suede at the
base, treated in the tannery to seal out moisture, then
add shearling around the calf for warmth. Faux leather,
microfiber and other man-made materials can repel water
at lower prices.