The story of how I came to purchase “adult” footwear for fall and winter in Wisconsin, and why I gave up on other brands. My quest for the perfect pair of fall/winter boots is over…
When it comes to fall and winter footwear in Wisconsin, and on college campuses especially, UGG Australia boots have been one of the most popular brands of the 21st century. I had long-loved the cozy, comfy UGG style. (Not to mention how those fuzzy things kept your feet super warm all day long during cold, dark winter days.) I wore knock-offs through high school, since $200-ish boots didn’t exactly fit into the budget of a girl working at the city pool in the summer.
When I went to college, I decided an upgrade was in order, and (thanks to a pricey Christmas present from mom and dad) received a pair of Emu Australia boots my freshman year. Now, allow me to explain that at this stage in the evolution of my personal style, I viewed Emu boots as a more fashionable version of UGGs. (Never mind that UGGs and Emus are basically the same.) I wanted something a bit different, yet still following the trend. It’s also very important to note that Emu boots were marketed as waterproof, which is an important purchasing consideration to make if you live in Wisconsin.
With my newfound glory comfily on my feet, I felt great. Seriously though, my Emu boots were amazing! I loved those darn boots, and they made it through three Wisconsin winters, which is an accomplishment in itself if you know anything about footwear in the Midwest. I was so happy with these boots that I thought I would forever be an Emu-wearing twenty-something. Thankfully, the fashion gods had other plans…
Soon enough, Wisconsin weather had its way with my boots. And even though I used waterproof sealant – yep, the stuff meant for bathroom caulking – around the pair’s edges from my parents’ house (sorry, dad!), the Emus fell apart to the point that they were no longer wearable.
Now, the fashionista in me always knew that Emus and UGGs, although comfy like yoga pants, were not the most chic choice for fall/winter footwear. But I couldn’t help myself! My inner-child wanted snowbank-jumping, fuzzy, cozy footwear that I could practically fall asleep in. I did my best not to wear them when I was actually “dressed up,” trying to look sophisticated. But on frigid fall days, trips to the gym or long walks in December, I wanted cozy. And those boots were it for me.
Then, a fashion-epiphany of sorts occurred.
I’d long had my eye on a pair of Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots. They were a neutral color that would match well, they would be warm with some welly socks, and best of all: they were waterproof. Somewhere, between the death of my Emus and creating a fall shopping list for this year, I decided I would do it.
And I did… I finally said hello to grownup functional fashion perfection.
For the first time in years, with my new Hunter boots, I am going without any sort of UGG/Emu-looking boot. And, for a good investment, I am excited to welcome the rain, snow, sleet, slush and whatever else Mother Nature brings to Central Wisconsin.
My only confession from this fall’s shopping spree: I also bought a new pair of Minnetonka booties – sure to fix a craving for fuzzy footwear come January. Old habits die hard, right?
Here’s to adulting in style this season,
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