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WINTER BOOTS: The Warm Up 2011

Gear up for winter with our list of the top footwear for the season.

Words: Aimstar

Winter is swiftly approaching, and what you’re rocking on your feet really does matter. Whether you’re going for a classic look or you just want to add a little edge while staying somewhat practical, these boots make our top winter 2011 gear list easy.

Y-3

The Y-3 Warrior High combat boot is both stylish and practical, featuring leather accents, kimono prints and a protective rubber toe for sludging through the snow. It even comes in both women’s and men’s sizes. Price: $510, available at Y-3.com for him and for her.

The Y-3 Drape is strictly for women, but this winter sneaker is tough enough to withstand certain weather-induced conditions. All leather, with detailed stitching provide support and a nice aesthetic, perfect for girls on the run. Price: $420, available at Y-3.com.

The Y-3 Desert Boot is perfect for men with a need to dress sharp while keeping it casual. Don’t let this sheep leather fool you. While the shoe looks strictly hard-bottom material, it’s flexible forefoot allows for high performance (within reason). Price: $420, available at Y-3.com.

The North Face

What’s winter without wearing The North Face anything? These Destiny Down boots by The North Face are probably our favorite snow stompers. Price: $110, available at TheNorthFace.com.

Sleek is in this winter, so consider copping the Camryn Boot to dress up your feet comfortably in extreme climates. While we wouldn’t suggest wearing these in the snow, these will carry you through the rain, sleet and mush. Price: $165, available at TheNorthFace.com.

Moncler

Moncler’s St. Moritz is dapper don material. Made strictly for the men who want to step out and turn heads regardless of what’s happening with Mother Nature outside. All leather, plus a rubber gum sole and yes, that’s also the French flag…Price: $485, available at Moncler.com.

ASOLO

Rugged and raw, the classic stompers that ripped the streets circa the ’90s are making a comeback. Our faves from the new ASOLO collection? The gore-tex performance Elite GV for him and for her (left and right, respectively).Price: €140 (that’s Euros, so about $195 USD) available at ASOLO.com for him and for her.

Timberland

A new trekker’s classic, the Timberland Men’s Earthkeepers® 2.0 Cupsole Warm Lined Chukka is street fabulous and sleek. Price: $125, available at Timberland.com.

Sorel

The all-weather Men’s 1964 Premium™ T Canvas by Sorel is made for him, but ladies don’t sleep on these winners. Sorel’s take on the classic duck boot is not only dope, it also comes in four different color schemes. Price: $130, available at Sorel.com.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren can do no wrong. And with the Ashridge Buckle boot, #WeDie. This is the perfect boot for winter, for style, comfort and premium props. For men only. Price: $550, available at RalphLauren.com.

Dare we say it again…Ralph Lauren is a beast. The Venedict Lace-Up boot is classic Polo. Price: $450, available at RalphLauren.com.

NIKE

The Nike Zoom DK for winter 2011-2012 is sick to death. Designed by pro snowboarder Danny Kass, complete with a full ergonomic shell and warming Strobel technology, our favorite color sequence for this snowboarder’s Dunk inspired boot is the Black with Birch-Dark Khaki-Carmine (pictured above). Price: (about) $250, available at Nike stores. For more information, visit NikeSnowboarding.com.

Cole Haan

Cole Haan is totally having a revival and we like it a lot. The Air Grant 2 Eye Moc Boot buff/denim canvas moccasin is flexible, smooth and features Nike Air technology for maximum support and cushioning. Price: $178, available at ColeHaan.com.

The Air Tali Quilt boot features Nike Air technology wrapped in traditional rainboot design, plus a quilted exterior for enhanced elegant style. Price: $198, available at ColeHaan.com.

Pajar

The Pajar Grip Low (for him, left) and the Pajar Grip (for her, right) are 100 percent waterpoof, and feature wool lining and a leather and nylon exterior. Simply said, they’re sporty winter boots that win.Price (The Grip Low): $175, available at Pajar.com and Price (The Grip): $190, available at Pajar.com.

The leather and cow suede Laverne boot for her features a water resistant exterior with a rubber sole. Think sporty and chic, simultaneously. Price: $230, available at Pajar.com.

Mukluks

Even if you live in a region that gets no snow, ladies, it’s time to replace your old, over worn Uggs with these bad boys. Authentic Canadian sheepskin that fit like a glove. Price: $429, available at AuthenticCanadianMukluks.com.

Hunter

Sexy rain boots are all the rave. Hunter adds a nice heel to theirs (90mm) and the lace-up front is not a bad touch. Price: $225, available at Hunter-Boot.com.

Irregular Choice

Not your most practical winter shoe, but we like The Beast wedge by Irregular Choice because they’re cool enough to sport in cold weather, just not when it’s icky out there. Price: $299, available at IrregularChoice.com.

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