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post #16 of 22
Honestly in the winter with snow and slush I'll wear my bean boots during the commute and carry my shoes in my bag. However the OP sounded like he wanted to avoid something like this.

I use the Swims in the other seasons because it would look pretty silly to be wearing my heavy bean boots.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post
Honestly in the winter with snow and slush I'll wear my bean boots during the commute and carry my shoes in my bag.

+1

I have several pairs of boots for really bad snow days and keep a pair of loafers in the office. If I am going to a meeting where I need nicer shoes, I just carry them in my briefcase. For light snow or rain SC boots or rubber soled boots work great with everything from a suit to "business casual".

BTW, I have topies on all of my SC boots, I think the whole "they don't allow the sole to breathe" thing is a canard.
post #18 of 22
Tingley >>>> SWIMs.

SWIMs make you look like you care waaayyyy too much. And you're already on tough ground wearing any type of overshoe (but I wear Tingleys happily all winter).
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by haganah View Post
The best answer is to just wear duckies or whatever boot you prefer and to keep a pair of loafers/shoes in your office. On those days that the weather is awful, you will get the full protection outside and the full benefit inside. Try walking in those awful tingleys and you'll realize how annoying it is, then it's a mess to take them off and where do you put them?

+1
post #20 of 22
You silly northerners and your winter weather.
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by southbound35 View Post
You silly northerners and your winter weather.
You're missing out on lots of winter joy.
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by emorse View Post
I live in Chicago as well: get a pair Alden cordovan shoes (or other brand). Check out Hanig Footwear in the Hancock building for a basic pair of bluchers or wingtips.

I wear them every other day and they have experienced no ill effects from the salt and sludge. Just keep them polished and wipe off any junk at the end of the day. These babies shed rain and snow very well I also add a thin rubber bottom to the leather soles, but if I had to do this over again I might not have added it. Seems like overkill and I have heard that it can keep the leather soles from "breathing."

I also throw in a pair of hiking boots, but honestly, the cordovan has held up much better than regular leather.


Sorry for not getting back at you - I did not size up, although these fit very snug to shoes - a bit of stretching is required to slide the rubber overshoe on, but you don't want it to be loose.
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