Winter is hard on the lowly pedestrian. Days and days of fighting my way over sullied snow banks and slushy pools, the inclement weather making a minefield out of even my relatively mellow commute. With it also comes the inevitable mid-season style freeze, with all my cute outfits getting swallowed up beneath a gigantic winter shroud. It takes all my willpower not to revert to the same boring uniform: the go-to big sweater, the same knit scarf, the pilled and ratty winter cap. In other words, sometimes I have to choose the clothes that make sense over the clothes I’d like to wear.
While it’s generally not my style to sacrifice taste for comfort, Palladium’s new wool-lined collection presents the best kind of compromise. These boots have all the character of my smart black field boots, but with a wool-lined winterized rubber skin and toe-capped monster tread to keep me toasty and dry. I’ll comfortably clomp and stomp my way through anything. Most importantly, I’m holding out hope that the patent leather polish will radiate strongly enough to compensate for the winter’s sunless months. I’d like to emerge from the cold feeling rough and ready for spring’s more peaceable (and pretty) gait.