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post #31 of 59
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Originally Posted by dagman1 View Post
I'm in Canada. I know there has been a few threads on galoshes... but I wanted people's opinions about what works better.

Option 1: Look dorky, wear galoshes.
Option 2: Keep shoes at the office, wear boots to work.
Option 3: Buy some beater shoes for the winter.

What do you recommend and why? Are there any other options? I'm leaning towards galoshes.

Up here in Upstate New York we have to slog around in 2 feet of snow. "Rubbers" that just fit over your shoes are useless as they do not protect your pants from getting not only wet but salt-stained (the solution to snow up here.) I have used 12" black rubber zip galoshes but even these don't cut it and they are quite bulky--like Mickey Mouse feet. My alternative: a pair of Le Chameaus--they may be green but they have a nice cut so you can tuck your pants WAY in and avoid salt stains. I generally wear them with a tweed overcoat, knee length, raglan sleeve, not a more formal Polo coat or Chesterfield. The shoes I carry in my tote. And, of course, I keep a few pairs at the office.
post #32 of 59
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Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post
Swims is also making a full galosh called the "Mobster" now too. I might get a pair. Already have the "dinner" for rain.


I believe these are the used for scuba diving.
post #33 of 59
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Originally Posted by Mr. Lee View Post
I believe these are the used for scuba diving.

They're functional... and the neoprene is covered up by the pant leg. What's the problem, Mr. 8 post Lee?
post #34 of 59
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Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post
They're functional... and the neoprene is covered up by the pant leg. What's the problem, Mr. 8 post Lee?

As I said, they look like suba diver's shoes. And I'll get to 400-some posts, just give me time, brother! A guy has to start someplace and unlike some of you friggin' fanatics, there is afterall, the demands of work!
post #35 of 59
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Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post
Swims is also making a full galosh called the "Mobster" now too. I might get a pair. Already have the "dinner" for rain.


Excellent suggestion right here if you live in a snow/slush region ^.
Remember that there are plenty of a$$h0les out there who will deliberately and happily drive their cars extra close to a gutter overflowed with salty slush, just to drench you and your nice clothes.
The cost of these SWIMS is nothing compared to the cost of replacing several pair of decent shoes & boots. Protect your clothing investments.
post #36 of 59
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Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post
Swims

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Originally Posted by WildeMan View Post
I recommend step-in toe rubbers. These are not the Totes brand that you have to fiddle with --- you simply stick your toe in the front and step down.

They are expensive, about $75. In Toronto, they're available at Sloan's Shoes on Yonge Street north of Lawrence. I have been told other places that no such product exists, but it does.

Don't galoshes completely ruin the shine on your shoes? I find that a bit counter-intuitive as they are meant to keep the shoes looking good in the first place...
post #37 of 59
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post
Option 4: dress boots. EG Shannon or Vass or Carmina shell balmorals.

+1

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Originally Posted by alliswell View Post
Rider Boots are also a good option.

+1. I have a pair of Martegani shell cordovan boots with Dainite soles, storm welt, and gusseted tongue that I ordered from Ron Rider before he started marketing his own line of boots. For less severe weather and/or more casual days, I own a pair of C&J Tetburys and RL MacCallums, both with Dainite soles (the MacCallums have a storm welt; the Tetburys do not). They've served me well.
post #38 of 59
2 problems with these threads: 1. 'winter' is an ambiguous term 2. I live in Boston, which gets plenty of snow/ice/salt/slush, etc. but within 24 hours of most storms, I can easily walk to my car (about 150 yards from my apt), drive it to work, and walk from the garage to the office without stepping in anything more than a thin layer of frozen (something) that even a leather sole would do fine on. a vibram'd sole even better (which is what I do to all my shoes). DURING a storm, that is a different story, so I wear actual hiking or winter boots. I certainly wouldn't wear my $700 shell boots out in the midst of a storm or to shovel, but otherwise they are fine
post #39 of 59
I use galoshes from Tingley, the Storm model 1200 to be exact. They are like $25 so they are no as expensive as Swims and keep my shoes dry in the rainy weather we get here in Portland. I haven;t noticed them ruin the shine on my shoes but if they do I can solve that as I keep a shoe shine kit in my office. If it snows then I usually will switch to my Danner boots with jeans and go super casual to work since I'll be one of the few to make it to the office.
post #40 of 59
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Originally Posted by P-K-L View Post
...and if you buy them in bright orange it says even less dork ))

I have a pair of swims in bright orange and wear them with pride--even over my nice boots.
post #41 of 59
I agree with the above - there are two scenarios, one is general commute through a bit of salt/slush/snow and the odd fresh snowfall. Scenario 2 is you need to walk through deep snow.

If you're going through significant deep snow, you wear snow boots. period.

For general commute, that's overkill.

I also agree with the poster who said 'they're just shoes'.

Most of last winter I wore a pair of chelsea boots. They didn't die, although my boots generally lasted about 18 months.

This year I'm cycling a pair of chelsea boots and a pair of lace up boots w/ dainite soles. Brushing them off either night, a few rounds of polish 3-4 times a month. Both cost sub 250.

If they die by the end of the winter, so be it. I'm optimistic they'll last longer, but if not, the replacement cost is bearable. I could have bought someone better boots, but didn't, because I didn't want to wince every time I walk through slush.
post #42 of 59
I live in Sask, Canada........it's -30 C on average here for the next 60 days.



I have my work shoes in the office (locked!) and wear a variety of different boots to work pending on the weather.

These boots range from proper North Face winter boots to dress boots.
post #43 of 59
I live in Calgary, and what bothers me more than anything is driving. My pantcuffs tend to rest on the floor of the car and I get mud or melted snow/ice residue on the back of my legs all the time. Drives me nuts.
post #44 of 59
Well I live in Sweden and atm we have heaps of snow and salt on the roads as well. I bought a pair of Enfield from Bexley last month with commando sole, couldnt be more happy. Good year welted, very good price 130 euro and pretty good quality for the price. They are moderately sleek if you compare them to clunky trickers. With some leather balsam and some shoe cream they look awesome all the time. The balsam is very good from protecting it from slush and salt. Here are two pics I found here on styleforum:

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Originally Posted by Dmax View Post
One of the members asked me to post pictures of my Bexley Einfield boots. These have been worn probably a dozen times or so:


And two pics of my own, in the pictures I wear them with pretty slim jeans
http://imgur.com/q1cYQ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/6YEtm.jpg
post #45 of 59
quuz^ Those are some nice boots; I like the Dainite Ridgeway (or is that the Medway?) sole! Your instep looks very high though and you might consider trying a different style of boot for greater comfort!
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