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    Hey folks. I'm a trying to find a pair of boots for this upcoming winter. I already have several pairs of boots but none that can do what this new pair must do. I need something that will have decent traction on ice. My Sorel Caribous have great traction but they look like monster trucks strapped to my feet. I'm hoping to find something way less bulky and way better looking. I'll be walking a decent amount with them on snow and ice, mainly going to and from transit to get to work and for running errands. I work in an office and I would like to have something that I wouldn't have to change out of upon arrival. I don't wear a suit to work but I would still like these boots to look decently "dressed up". Budget is $150-200. They will be semi-beaters that will get slush and salt on them. They don't need to be that warm either. Hoping for something readily available, either from a bricks and mortar store or an online store with a good shipping and return policy. Any suggestions? I'll probably only need to start wearing them in the next 3 or so months but I'm just trying to get a feel for what my options might be. Even if you can just suggest a certain style, that would help me get started.

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    Don't know if a chukka is tall enough for your purpose but just noticed these on clearance at Allen Edmonds for $199:

    https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/b...#start=1&sz=56

    Hefty lug sole with civilized leather upper.

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    • #3
      Definitely check your local Nordstrom Rack if you've got one or two nearby. You'll often find some red wings as well as other boot options. I've seen some Oak Street boots/chukkas before as well. Also check in on when j Crew has deals on their Kenton boots and check out Taylor stitch's boots. Not sure how often they go on sale

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      • #4
        You might look at Thursday Boots. I have several pairs of their boots including the specific model linked below. The "Rugged & Resilient Leather" is meant to be hard wearing with minimal maintenance. I've been wearing Thursday Boots for four years and I think for the price they make really good boots.

        https://thursdayboots.com/products/m...llection=boots

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        • #5
          Originally posted by smitty View Post
          You might look at Thursday Boots. I have several pairs of their boots including the specific model linked below. The "Rugged & Resilient Leather" is meant to be hard wearing with minimal maintenance. I've been wearing Thursday Boots for four years and I think for the price they make really good boots.

          https://thursdayboots.com/products/m...llection=boots
          Have to agree. I know Thursdays are a bit of a controversial topic, but I love mine. I've got 8 pairs of Allen Edmonds and, honestly, I think I like my Thursdays better than all of them. Admittedly, there are some quality control issues, but their customer service is very good at rectifying any issues quickly. The Captain and Scout are, in my view, their best products.



          P.S. that AE comment wasn't to suggest they're necessarily better than Allen Edmonds. AEs are still really great shoes. All I mean is that Thursdays are pretty similar in quality, so a even a slight difference in personal preference could put them over the top.

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          • #6
            For the money you'd be spending on Thursdays, I'd much rather go with a pair of Thorogoods.

            Something like this would be great in the snow:
            https://www.amazon.com/Thorogood-Men...ef_=ast_sto_dp

            A little chunky, but they still have that Indy vibe.

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            • #7
              I'll second Nordstrom Rack. I've seen Iron Rangers, Beckmans, 1000 Mile and Frye there that would easily fit your price range.

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              • #8
                Great responses everyone! Very much appreciated. I think I'll start with Nordstrom Rack and go from the there.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Amesbury View Post
                  Hey folks. I'm a trying to find a pair of boots for this upcoming winter. I already have several pairs of boots but none that can do what this new pair must do. I need something that will have decent traction on ice. My Sorel Caribous have great traction but they look like monster trucks strapped to my feet. I'm hoping to find something way less bulky and way better looking. I'll be walking a decent amount with them on snow and ice, mainly going to and from transit to get to work and for running errands. I work in an office and I would like to have something that I wouldn't have to change out of upon arrival. I don't wear a suit to work but I would still like these boots to look decently "dressed up". Budget is $150-200. They will be semi-beaters that will get slush and salt on them. They don't need to be that warm either. Hoping for something readily available, either from a bricks and mortar store or an online store with a good shipping and return policy. Any suggestions? I'll probably only need to start wearing them in the next 3 or so months but I'm just trying to get a feel for what my options might be. Even if you can just suggest a certain style, that would help me get started.

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                  Why are you against having to change into shoes upon arrival? You get the best of both worlds, comfortable & style appropriate footwear in both locations.

                  They also make rubber shoe booties you can wear, too, to protect your shoes/boots from snow/salt.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by xucardsfan08 View Post
                    Why are you against having to change into shoes upon arrival? You get the best of both worlds, comfortable & style appropriate footwear in both locations.

                    They also make rubber shoe booties you can wear, too, to protect your shoes/boots from snow/salt.
                    I am not against changing into shoes upon arrival per se, it's just that I would have to keep a pair of shoes at my desk on top of the couple of pairs of safety footwear that I already have to store here. And when I ever want to change my pair of "stylish" shoes with a different pair, it's not convenient to transport them on transit with all the other stuff that I regularly carry; laptop, coffee travel mug, etc.

                    I've already tried the rubber shoe booties a few years ago. Mine eventually ripped in less than a season. Although I did like them, I chose not to replace them due to how costly they are for what they are.

                    So that's why I'm hoping to find some boots. I can still wear shoes on winter days where the sidewalks are free of snow and ice.

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                    • #11
                      AE has a number of boots on clearance right now for under $200 that have rubber or lugged soles and the "storm welt".

                      For example, these:

                      https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/b...1&prefv1=Boots
                      WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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                      • #12
                        But aren't RWs and Wolverine a bit tougher leather?

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                        • #13
                          I would think they are (they at least look it)

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                          • #14
                            Seeing this has me wondering what brands and style everyone wouldsuggest.

                            Searching the threads here is what I am seeing :

                            -Redwing - beckman, iron ranger, 6” Moc toe,
                            -Chippewa - 6” Service
                            -Wolverine - 1000
                            -Thursday - President
                            -Thorogood -
                            -Allen Edmonds - Higgins Mill, Dalton,Sullivan, Alpine
                            -Johnston Murphy -

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MattB15 View Post
                              Seeing this has me wondering what brands and style everyone wouldsuggest.

                              Searching the threads here is what I am seeing :

                              -Redwing - beckman, iron ranger, 6” Moc toe,
                              -Chippewa - 6” Service
                              -Wolverine - 1000
                              -Thursday - President
                              -Thorogood -
                              -Allen Edmonds - Higgins Mill, Dalton,Sullivan, Alpine
                              -Johnston Murphy -
                              I picked up some AE Stirling boots as factory seconds that I am very happy with. Dressy oxford uppers with fair-sized, but not too big, lugged soles.

                              Also recently picked up some Carlos Santos boots with bigger lugs, but better looking in my opinion. And a bargain from Herring right now at $324 (yes, out of the OP's price range):

                              https://www.herringshoes.co.uk/carlo...uimaraes-grain

                              And I think it was [MENTION=12001]evanparker[/MENTION] who recently discovered this small made in USA startup. The owner was very prompt answering my email:

                              https://www.parkhurstbrand.com/produ...len-kudu-dark/

                              You won't find many shoes for sale with wild Kudu antelope leather. I don't think.
                              WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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