Founded in Oslo, Norway, in 2006, SWIMS set out to turn the venerable galosh into a modern wet-weather necessity. Worldwide success has let the firm expand into other footwear, such as these stylish boots designed for rainy days on city streets. Made of waterproofed nubuck leather, they are breathable and notably flexible, and they have excellent traction in the wet. On the left is a blue chukka boot with orange detailing. The brown chelsea boot below it has hunter green accents, while the thermal-lined black country boot has a convenient side zip.
(Top left)Etro enjoys a rugged moment with this alpine-style boot in brown leather with burgundy accents, riveted U-hooks and a lightweight lug sole. It’s Etro, so there is a paisley pattern on the side panels. John Varvatos Star USA presents a work boot in grey suede with a brick red rubber sole – most autumnal! TOM FORD confronts the brumal elements with an exquisite boot in handburnished brown calfskin. The brand name is embossed on the side of the heel.
You don’t have to be a Canadian company to understand a Canadian winter – but it certainly gives you an edge. Pajar, from Quebec, spares no expense in making its superb boots. All fully waterproof, they are made from top-quality Italian shearling leathers, so the interior fleece is a natural part of the leather, not a lining added later. (clockwise from left) This smooth calf’s leather, side-zip boot is discreetly unadorned, in contrast to the brown wingtip lace-up boot beside it. This one features soft grain leather with brogue details and treated suede side panels. The fur-lined, heavy-duty brown boot at the top has Pajar’s patented Ice Gripper sole with spikes that fold out of the sole to give extra traction in icy conditions. The black cap-toe boot at the bottom is made of soft tumbled leather and has a treated suede collar – a warm and waterproof option that doesn’t look overly technical.
City streets are mighty cold in our endless winter months. A pair of fur-lined boots is as much a necessity as a luxury. Here are four to consider. (clockwise from top) When the sidewalks are dry, Santoni’s ankle boot in soft brown suede with leather laces is just what is called for. For a heftier option, try Santoni’s black leather boot, which has a deep black fur lining, woollen laces and a convenient side zip. The black fur-lined sneaker boot from Henderson for Harry Rosen is ridiculously comfortable. It’s made of deerskin, an exceptionally soft leather. Almost like a cross between a winter boot and a desert boot, Harry Rosen’s own fur-lined sneaker boots in burnished suede have thicker leather at the ankles for extra protection.