Close-toed shoes for cold occasions

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November 16, 2009

2:40 PM

As the temperatures drop, our little toesies need protection from the cold during the long walks from Blair to Millington. I love flip-flops, but even I switch out my shoe wardrobe for the winter.

As Gabrielle Eriquez blogged about a few weeks ago, wet weather offers a great opportunity to pull out the Wellies. But our feet require closed-toe shoes for more occasions than just rainy weather and visits to the Rec.

A popular choice for College of William and Mary students are Sperry Topsiders. The fashionable boat shoes go with almost everything and offer superior traction. The shoes come in several styles now and can not be beat in the comfort category.

My personal favorite winter shoes are flats. Patterns, solids, bows, bright colors, neutrals — I try to get flats in every style to accommodate my wardrobe. Although they are less comfortable than flip flops, they offer more warmth and style. Not to mention, especially cute pairs are a great alternative to heels on the weekends (especially if you are walking all the way from Sorority Court to the Units). Be sure to walk around in a pair for a little bit before buying, however, because the wrong pair can keep you paying for weeks after with blisters.

Boots are another great day-to-night alternative. From ankle to cowboy to knee-high to slouchy to heeled, boots have an incredible presence and variety in fashion today. People seem to wear boots with everything and in every season these days. The right pair can take a summery dress into fall or dress up jeans and a tank top. The new styles available now have improved in comfort as well. Not to mention, sheepskin boots such as Uggs keep feet cozy and toasty in the colder temperatures.

Finally, the great fallback for closed toe shoes is always the sneaker. From Nikes to Converses, tennis shoes protect feet from the weather. They might not be the best choice for a night on the town for females, but sneakers offer superior comfort for running around campus during the day.

Whatever the style, be sure to pick a pair that is comfortable. All of the compliments you get on the cute zipper details or the bright color will not make up for the pain you feel when your feet are squeezed.

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