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Five shoes NOT to wear in the snow

Five shoes NOT to wear in the snow

We hate to sound like someone's overprotective parents, but we've seen some pretty heinous footwear choices in this land of never-ending winter. Just because you're dreaming of spring's arrival doesn't mean you should ditch practicality. Wearing a T-shirt and shorts isn't going to make the weather warmer, though it will probably make you more miserable. The same goes for shoes. Here are a few pointers about what shoes to wait to bring out of the depths of your closet until it's safe to put those big, clunky winter boots away.

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Heels

Platform stilettos... sNOw way.
Platform stilettos... sNOw way.

Nope! Between the snow, ice, slush, water, salt, and whatever else you find on the street, heels and (do we really have to say it?) platforms are a no-go. Seriously, ladies, sometimes fashion can come in flat-shoe form. Yes, even winter boots can be cute. (These boots are tres chic, non?) And if you're really worried your boots won't go over at that super classy cocktail party, then bring an extra pair of heels and stash your winter footwear somewhere once you arrive.

Five shoes NOT to wear in the snow

Suede

It was a dumb idea to wear these today.
It was a dumb idea to wear these today.

Suede + water = NOOO. It doesn't matter if you've got a protectant coat on your fab suede shoes -- even if they're "winter" boots -- the universe does not like it when the ultra-soft leather and any kind of liquid mix and mingle. What will happen? Your shoes will suddenly become the color of that sludge lining the streets after a traffic jam. Oh, you've got dark suede? You're still not in the clear. Get those puppies sloshing through the wintry sidewalks, and you'll have salt stains up your ankles by the time your shoes dry.

 

White Shoes

White heels and snow? Get outta here.
White heels and snow? Get outta here.

You'd think that with the white snow, white shoes would be a decent choice. Don't fool yourself. You're not walking through pristine powder all the time. What happens when the exhaust of thousands of cars comes and pollutes the hell out of that snow? Dirt, grime, and gross-stuff everywhere, that's what. You can bet your shoes will follow suit with the white stuff on the ground, and pretty soon you'll have your own hue of crud-chic shoes.

Sandals

Nope. Not even with those socks.
Nope. Not even with those socks.
via Flickr

This little piggy got super grimy. This little piggy should've put on proper shoes. This little piggy got really cold. This little piggy got stepped on by someone's heavy-duty winter boots. And this little piggy cried frostbite all the way home to the emergency room.

No Socks

Put some shoes on!
Put some shoes on!
via Flickr

Okay, socks are definitely not shoes, but they're pretty important. Even if they're mismatched and dirty (we've all been guilty of that), it's better than going sans socks in any kind of shoe or boot during the winter. Insulate those feet! And speaking of insulation: For the love of legs, if you're in a skirt, throw on some tights or leggings! They literally come in every color and pattern imaginable (from hot dogs to Marge Simpson), so don't give us any excuses about how it's not fashionable.


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