Now that winter is hitting NYU full-force, it’s becoming harder to look cute on a daily basis. With cold winds and freezing rain smacking your face, the campus-wide go-to look has become a face mask paired with a hoodie and jacket, zipped as tightly as possible.
In this kind of weather, your shoe style is the first sacrifice. Shoes get you from point A to point B, keep your feet warm and keep your spirit alive in this weather. It’s important to be aware of the types of shoes you’re choosing to wear, unless you enjoy coming home to wring your socks out over the kitchen sink. Here are some tips for shoes to cop and shoes to drop this season.
COP: Rain boots. These will be your best friends in rain, slush, snow and hail. Not only are they extremely durable, they can also brighten up your look if you get the right pair. There are so many different colors and patterns of rain boots to pick from. Choose one or two pairs you could see yourself wearing and you will practically live in them. Try shopping at DSW or Burlington Coat Factory for an attractive yet affordable pair.
DROP: Open-toed shoes of any kind. It doesn’t matter what they are — Birkenstocks, flip-flops, high heels — they are not built for winter. Your toes will freeze the second you step outside, and if you dig the socks-and-sandals look, it’s going to backfire when you’re trudging through snow piles and deep puddles. As for open-toed heels, they’re pretty hard to accessorize with socks anyway. Avoid wearing any of these shoes, and your feet will definitely thank you at the end of the day.
COP: Boots specifically made for winter! You really can’t go wrong with these since they’re designed to provide warmth and support for your feet. While fellow New Yorkers may be struggling with their poor shoe choices, you won’t be one of them as you’re plowing through the snow in your winter boots. In addition to this, if you’re running late for class, you’ll be able to move much more quickly and easily weave through crowds. The thick rubber outsoles of these boots will give you the support you need to avoid foot and leg injuries, and the waterproof labeling will keep them looking fresh all season. Columbia, Cougar and Pajar are some great brands to check out. Tip: try buying boots a half-size bigger than you normally would, to allow sock layering for extra warmth.
DROP: Any shoes made of suede or sheepskin — yes, that includes Uggs. These materials are delicate and hard to clean, so they’re not a promising choice for snowy, salty sidewalks. Stepping through slush all day will destroy your once-precious shoes. Soon enough, they’ll be so worn-down that water will seep in, drowning your socks inside the shoes. If you want to wear shoes made of sheepskin, like moccasins, make sure they have a thick, rubber sole. This will support your feet and keep the water out.
A version of this article appeared in the Feb. 21st print edition.
Allie Degen is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.