Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming!

Bid fall’s fresh full colors adieu.

Make way for crisp air, chilly breezes and just plain cold temperatures.  As you might expect, it’s time to transition to warm wear, and of course, shoes and boots to combat artic elements.

 Jon Snow from Game of Thrones

Jon Snow from Game of Thrones

 

      So, if you’re not feeling the Jon Snow bear cape look, maybe a classic tweed is more your style (You know? Jon Snow from Game of Thrones).

       My favorite Gentleman’s Quarterly magazine online and other fashion bloggers are introducing a heavy dosage of Irish tweed suits. Tweed today which also provides a lighter look and feel, reduces the risk of being overheated and is anticipated to be the hot trend for the winter 2016/2017.

    The varieties of texture are showing up in business attire such as a suit and jacket that can impress any peer, or customer at your next business meeting, holiday party or board meeting.

 I was so upset when Glenn died on the  Walking Dead

I was so upset when Glenn died on the  Walking Dead

My personal winter favorite is the ‘never-goes-out-of-style black and white Herringbone tweed suit. Wear it as a full suit or break it up with a pair of jeans or a sweater.

 Classic Traditional look with a Herringbone Tweed Sport Jacket and Tie

Classic Traditional look with a Herringbone Tweed Sport Jacket and Tie

 The many colors of the of the Herringbone Tweed

The many colors of the of the Herringbone Tweed

Now-- the real question--what shoes or boots complete the look?

My first response view is always BOOTS! 

If it’s just cold, dry and no snow on the ground, allow me to suggest--- the classic Sahara in Suede. My midnight black pair are perfect with the winter elements, and Herringbone tweed black and suede. The Sahara in Suede also comes in Brown.

 The Sahara in Suede

The Sahara in Suede

 

Of course, if suede doesn’t rock your boat, the Birmingham 1919 offers a great leather alternative.

Keep in mind, once the snow flies--- and piles up--- you’ll want to protect your footwear. Salt stain residue is NEVER a good look. One option is tried and true--Kiwi shoe protector or a light wax as a first level of protection.

However, for anything stronger ---like a blizzard in Michigan or a wicked snowstorm in the Swiss Alps--- consider adding an extra layer to cover your shoe investment.

Here’s my secret weapon. I highly recommend a product from a Scandinavian company called SWIMS (www.swims.com).  I fell in love with the protectors called the “Mobster Galosh” (love the name). Don’t let the word Galosh scare you (ok, they first kind of reminded me of the boots I wore in elementary school) SWIMS are grown-up, posh protection.

 Mobster Galosh: I love this name

Mobster Galosh: I love this name

 

As Jon Snow will tell you, “…different roads sometimes lead to the same castle…” but stylish shoes can open any door.

Walk on.

The Mobster Galosh cost $150.00 and are extremely durable and protective of my shoes/boots, socks and pant line. What is unique about them is that they have is a natural rubber base for tractions, and a waterproof neoprene uppers for durability and mobility. The technical definition of Neoprene is “polychloroprene is a family of synthetic rubbers that are produced by polymerization of chloroprene (man that was so over my head!).”