Shop the Sales: Stylish Boots From Canadian Brands
Photo: Courtesy of Ron White Shoes
Canada has developed a global reputation for producing stellar winter coats, with Canada Goose and Moose Knuckles garnering fans around the world. But other brands have steadfastly built a reputation for another seasonal staple – the winter boot.
While most Canadians likely own a winter boot worthy of withstanding Arctic chills and mountains of snow, now is the time to shop the end-of-season sales to accommodate a multitude of winter weather patterns. Whether you blame climate change or not, you have to admit the winter months are no longer a frozen, white-out affair, and they can go on and on into spring. They can also be wild and wet or mild and balmy. So the sales are a great place to look for boots you previously dismissed as a stylish indulgence. And you’ll be ready for next year..
We rounded up a few Canadian brands now on sale to help you put a fashionable, warm foot forward when you’re ready to give the winter doldrums a fierce kick.
Women’s Riverside Boot, $298, now $250, at roots.com
Can a winter boot be stylishly sleek? Roots, the company that started in the early ’70s with a hit footwear design called the negative-heel shoe, has grown from its hippie beginnings to produce a wealth of classic leather footwear and accessories. Inspired by traditional horse-riding gear, these tall and commanding boots in water-resistant leather are just the thing to keep slush, snow and rain from your feet.
The Rapisardi/Ron White Caliana All-Over Velvet boot, $395, now $150, at ronwhiteshoes.com
It’s not surprising that Ron White is known as the shoe guru of Canada. The entrepreneur has poured his soul into the science of soles, and re-engineered the shoe by introducing a NASA-invented material called Poron to the line he calls All Day Heels.
While his stores stock practical winter boots, this sumptuous velvet version addresses that perennial winter conundrum: the need for a fashionable boot to wear during chilly winter evenings out on the town. Of course, that particular evening must be free of slush and snow. For those who hate lugging evening shoes to the theatre or opera and changing footwear at the coat check, this is the answer. Added bonus: it’s one boot you can wear year round.
The Fabiola Moccasin Bootie, $140, now $70, at cougarshoes.com
Cougar is a Canadian company that has been making winter boots in Ontario since 1948. It recently launched winter moccasins and winter sneakers – cool, comfortable and insulated to wear on those days you want to shed the heavy, clunky winter boots. They are stylish, waterproof and just the thing to wear to walk the dog or run errands.
The Momentum2, $110, now $82, at kamik.com
Kamik is a Quebec-based, family-owned and -operated company founded in 1898 that still does most of its manufacturing in North America. The company has made sustainability a priority, and they’ll even give you a prepaid shipping label to send your well-loved rubber boots back for recycling. But they also make these bright fuchsia boots with Thinsulate lining to keep your feet warm and cosy in temperatures as low as -40 C.
The Toboggan 2.0 Crystal, $200, now $150, at pajar.com
Pajar is a family-owned business based in Montreal has specialized in performance fashion outerwear and footwear since 1963. They use the latest technology to blend old-world craftsmanship with industrial design to create waterproof leather and textile collections. To beat the winter blues, go for glamorous, swanky gold with these snuggly, lightweight boots, lined with a plush wool blend to combat temperatures as low as -30 C.