Some people look to fall as a season of fashion inspiration, a time to be creative. For others, it brings a time of stress and struggle because the unpredictable weather is difficult to dress for without proper planning. And, for those who live in colder climates, winter can be especially difficult and uninspiring. In the north, the bears are preparing for hiberation and the birds are flying south–rightfully so because if you can escape, why not?
Most people factor in weather when they wake up in the morning and decide what to wear to tackle the day. For some, comfort and function hold more weight than style and vice versa, but at the end of the day, at the root of it all, most people are just trying to find a balance between liking what they see and how they feel in it. Some people are willing to sacrifice certain things for others, but there is always a happy medium that is unique to each person.
It’s not just a sneaker thing. Nobody wants to be cold/wet/hot/uncomfortable. At least I don’t think so. When the chances of precipitation are high or up in the air, so are the frustration levels.
Some people already have their go-to kicks, but for the ladies who don’t and don’t know where to start, here are some tips for choosing winter footwear.
The general idea is to stick to thicker, more durable materials such as leather and rubber, and avoid lighter, breezier fabrics like mesh that can absorb water and let cold seep in. Fall is a good time to showcase your collection, but when the snow starts to fall, maybe put your heat away for a bit and focus on staying warm.
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