Ask Belle: Winter Shoes on a Budget
Oct 21, 2011
Hi Belle,I’m moving to DC in January and I’ve become addicted to your blog! My biggest concern is what to wear to work in the winter. I’m from Georgia, so I hardly have any winter clothes — I don’t even have a warm coat! The last entry you posted helped a lot, but my biggest concern is work shoes! I’m a student and I’ll be interning on the hill, so my funds are limited and I just don’t know what is appropriate for work and the weather!
Thanks so much, Katie
As mentioned in last week’s Cold Weather Essentials post, you need rain boots and fleece socks to do in them. Aside from that, you need three pairs of shoes: black, heeled tall boots, flat cognac tall boots and patent leather pumps in black. Every pair in the set is under-$100.
My high-heeled black tall boots are one two to four times per week in the winter. They’re treated and weatherized, and they have a 2.5″ heel so that they’re comfortable for walking. They look fabulous with a pencil skirt or a dress. They’re also good under wide leg pants. But I love them because they keep my calves warm.
Patent pumps in black are good for the fall to winter transition or any time you need/want to wear bare legs. I prefer them over leather pumps in the winter because you can wipe off the rain, snow, road salt, etc. that gets on them without paying for a full shine.
My go to casual boot is a flat, cognac, tall boot. It works with black and it works with brown, so it’s versatile. They look great over jeans, and they can be worn on Casual Fridays with a denim pencil skirt and navy tights. Also, I like that this pair has a slight wedge.
No matter which boots you buy, remember to get them shined regularly. I’ve been negligent in this area, but I’m taking mine to the cobbler in Cannon today. Leather boots look a bit cheap and worn out when they’re not shined. Shining costs a few bucks and it looks a million times better.