Does it surprise anyone that my most-worn shoes of winter and the stars of this “Worth It” post are made by my beloved comfort shoe brands UGG, Dansko and Birkenstock? Supportive, warm, comfy, cozy,and cute…or at least cute enough for my picky feet that are constantly screaming “Wear what is soft! Wear what is comfortable! Wear what makes us feel GOOD!”
Yep…totally worth the splurge.
Yes. Shearling-Lined Boots & Birkenstocks Are Worth The Price
I’m a firm believer that if you’re going to splurge on one thing in your closet…it should be your shoes. I’m beyond miserable when my feet hurt, so comfort brand shoes (that tend to be pricier) are a priority for me. These specific shearling-lined boots (and house shoes) I find particularly “worth it” because I’ve been wearing all three interchangeably with my most-worn pieces of winter and can easily see all three entering my forever-closet.
**Warning…you’re going to see quite a few repeat pieces from my 10 Most-Worn Pieces In My Winter Closet post, because I’m proud to say I’ve been doing a HECK of a job wearing and re-wearing my favorite pieces all winter long. I have done a better job with “cost-per-wear” this season than I ever have, for sure.
PROS: My warmest coziest boots, and the boots I’ve worn the MOST this winter. I adore the cute red laces and the look of the buckle on top. If you lace them loose enough, you can easily slip them off and on without having to re-tie them (huge points there). They’re fully lined with Ugg plush (80% repurposed wool, lyocell, and recycled polyester backing)…so cozy. I’ve walked the city in them for hours and stand at the park watching my kids’ outdoor dance classes with no cold feet, no sore arches, and no sore legs (REALLY comfortable). I like the shorter height because they hit at the perfect spot with my favorite cropped flare denim. They also come in a really cute tan with red laces combo. True to size.
CONS: The height is not tall enough if there’s tons of snow, but they’re perfect for walking around in Philly slush and keeping your feet plenty warm. Shana didn’t like the proportions on her…could be because she often wears skinny jeans in winter and has thinner calves and ankles.
How I’m Wearing My UGGs Hiker Boots
a. With Stripes
b. Pre & Après-Ski
(No parties this year–just a long car ride)
c. With All Black
d. For Walks Outside
PROS: A VERY close runner-up to my most-worn boots. Supportive, comfortable, cute (if you like clog-styling), and if they’re anything like my previous Danskos…I’ll wear them and adore them for years. Super easy to take off and on. The boot shaft is shearling-lined, and they have Dansko’s supportive comfy footbed. They come in black, tan and taupe, and you can fold them over if you like that look. 15% off at Backcountry if you use code THEMOMEDIT.
CONS: These run a bit big, but I kept my usual Dansko size 38 and am happy to have extra wiggle room in the toes. Not fully lined like the UGGs. This doesn’t bother me, but I know some folks might expect fully-lined. I wear them with warm Smartwool socks and have been just fine even on really cold days.
How I’m Wearing My Danskos
a. Slightly Warmer Days
b. Outdoor Errands
c. With Stripes (Always!)
PROS: Perfect if you want a cozy house shoe, but your toes like to have wiggle room. Very supportive and comfortable. Super cozy and plenty warm for my feet (I especially like that I can control the warmth a bit by wearing or not wearing socks). Sold out SO many places, but check American Eagle…as of today, they have the most stock. TTS..wearing my usual Birk size 38.
CONS: Pricey for house shoes. The shearling does lose its super out-of-the-box-fluffiness after a lot of wear.
How I’m Wearing My Birkenstocks
a. For Lounging
b. Comfy Casual Around the House
c. All Dressed Up & Nowhere To Go
Any other shearling-lined boots and shoes making it to YOUR forever-closet?
Oh hey, Pinners…