Extreme Shopping In Extreme Weather: A Dames Journey to Snow Boots
By: Megan Nikole
The day was over cast and dreary, a light mist fell down on us like a mist from ocean waves. But instead, this mist was frozen and cold. Red break lights were scattered all over the parking lot as everyone battled to get a spot. The store in front of us, only standing about two stories high, looked to be a mecca. There was no seeing inside as the windows were shielded by giant red signs. 50% ALL BOOTS. Droves of people were walking in through the doors. Once securely parked, we would be walking through them as well.
Let me rewind and start from the beginning. I live in Chicago, and the weather is extreme here to say the least. Last winter was one of the snowiest that we have had on record, and this year, on Super Bowl Sunday, there was a winter storm, that ranked in the top 5 of most snow in one storm totaling 21 inches.
At the start of the season I, attempting to be the fashion dame that I am, simply refused to purchase a pair of snow boots that
A. Where ugly and
B. Where expensive.
The cute ones I wanted were $150.00, so I didn’t look any further. I couldn't wrap my head around spending that much on a pair of snow boots. Yes, I live in an unpredictable climate, which at times can be -20 below and have up to 3 feet of snow on the ground. But after all, when would I be outside? Really?.... My rain boots, all rubber and non-insulated, from years ago will be good enough to keep my feet dry right? Yes they would remain dry but would get cold if I was outside for more than 10 minutes but in the name of fashion, I would deal with it. All this was UNTIL, the snow of 2015 hit. Chi-Beria!
My reasonable neighbors were kind enough to shovel out their parking spaces and pile all the snow up directly behind my car. When I returned home from work the day after, (as I had to get a ride because there was no way I was going to make it out of my ally) I saw the newly created ski slope behind my car. I then proceeded to scream. I am sure you could all understand my frustration.
While we shoveled out my car, I had on my handy dandy rain boots, and my toes began to hurt and go numb. I took a break and sat in the car, and they still hurt. By the time my car was dug out, my feet were so cold that it hurt to walk. And while they thawed out after I made it inside, I was in such pain that I had tears in my eye. The first thing that came to my mind was “F*ck fashion! I don’t care how hideous a pair of snow boots are, I NEED to have a pair.”
So I was on the hunt looking on-line and in every store I could think of… NO BOOTS in my size where to be found. Every store in the Mid-West now had sandals out. I wondered if they realized there was still 2 feet of snow on the ground!
We were heading to our out-let malls for one last look for snow boots. If I couldn't find a pair, I was planning to give up and have to wait until next year. While stopping off to get a bite to eat, before the long drive, I noticed that big red sign 50% ALL BOOTS. I figured it wouldn't hurt to give it a try.
We walked in with the rest of the crowd, and right there in front of me, we found MY boots, and in MY size. Sorel Joan of Arctic The ONLY pair in the entire store. The ones that I wanted from the beginning of the season. It was no sooner than we grabbed them, a woman walked up behind us, asked where we got them from, and if we for sure were going to purchase them. The best part about the situation is they WERE on clearance and we ended up getting $50.00 off. I was also able to find an amazing pair of heels that were originally $140.00 dollars and I walked out the door with them for $42.00.
The moral to my story is, don’t sacrifice your comfort for style, especially in extreme weather. Yes, this all worked out for me in the end. However, if I just would have gotten what I needed when I needed them, I would have saved myself a lot of pain, time, and aggravation.