I spent the past week visiting Vancouver, strolling along the sea, spotting otters, and sampling some of the most mouth-watering cuisine on the continent. I knew the weather would be chilly and rainy, and though I packed well—layers, scarves, umbrella—I’d forgotten the one necessary piece of the fashionable Vancouverite’s wardrobe: a walkable, durable boot that can endure the weather of the Pacific Northwest. I lucked out with a couple sunny days, but even then the pavement was dotted with puddles, and after long walks my All Stars and the hem of my jeans were wet and muddy. The upside? I was inspired to scope out some stylish, all-weather boots for next time.
The contenders? First things first—I’m a walking girl, so I need a boot that can take me miles (or, in Canada’s case, kilometers) across town on foot, so 4-inch heels, while cute, are out of the question. Frye’s Jenny Double Shaft Boot has caught my eye (I love the slouch and the unique, low wooden heel), as has Joie’s Miles Away Motorcycle Boot (the buckled ankle straps lend a little edge), and Tapeet’s Flat Ballet Boot (which combines function with a little grace). Which should I pack on my next foray to drizzly shores?