Kick the Calgary cold with warm winter boots

Rushing water, sloppy slush, sub-zero snow and toe-numbing temperatures are all part of winter in Calgary. But keeping feet dry and frostbite-free is easy with the right footwear for the job. Here are some of the best bets in town for winter boot buying.

Town Shoes

251-6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0K8

Town Shoes is another iconic Calgary footwear hotspot that carries dozens of brands to keep tootsies toasty in cold weather. From ankle to knee-high styles, tried-and-true brands such as Ugg, Sorel, Pajar, Columbia, Royal Canadian, Geox and Cougar line display shelves. Town Shoes has you covered for both city-slicker strolling and trail tromping.

Mountain Equipment Co-Op

830-10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A9

Every outdoor enthusiast in town is familiar with Mountain Equipment Co-op for head-to-toe outfitting. Whether it's après-ski, a rugged snowshoe hike or any other cold-weather activity, MEC has got the kicks for it. You’ll find tiny Kamik boots for infants as well as Merrell, Timberland, Baffin, Salomon and more for the bigger-footed adventurer. Shopping at MEC is a pretty chill experience, with enough sales staff on hand in any given department to get help and advice when you need it.

Luna Blue Shoes

2611 14 St SW, Calgary, AB T2T 3T9

You want boots you won’t see on every other foot in town? Luna Blue’s got your answer, and it’s one loaded with panache. How about Martino Banff lace-ups with a flash of fuchsia, or tall, fire-engine-red leather Miz Mooz kicks? Luna Blue carries boots for the larger-calved ladies, too.

Shoe Muse

106-326 Aspen Glen Landng SW, Calgary, AB T3H 0N5

Entering Shoe Muse is like walking into an upscale European boutique, dahlink. There are splashes of colour, abstract furnishings and lots of funky footwear. Find Fly London suede wedge boots, rugged Pajar winter boots topped with faux fur and smart countryside-living Bos N Co pull-ons in leather and suede, topped with felted wool, with thick, grippy bottoms.

Campers Village

Every member of the family can boot up at Camper's Village. The place features a great selection of winter gear, and when sale time comes around, it offers some seriously awesome deals. Find Kamik, Columbia and Bogs boots for kids as well as hikers and winter boots by Blundstone, Vasque, Keen, Baffin, Ahnu and numerous other brands for guys and gals.

gravitypope Calgary

1126 17th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0B4

Fashionistas haunt Gravitypope for its unique, well-crafted footwear. The selection and service are top-notch, too. Winter footwear ranges from practical sherpa-lined Keen rubber, leather and canvas kicks to gorgeous leather Manitobah Mukluks adorned with gold Haida-inspired designs. Whatever your sense of style, the shop carries dozens upon dozens of weather-appropriate choices for men, women and children.

Malaika Inc

131-333 Aspen Glen Landng Sw, Calgary, AB T3H 0N6

Little Footprints treats kids’ developing feet right. Here children get good old-fashioned service. Clerks measure little feet, feel for those toes and have their wee customers test walk the product. The shop carries the largest selection of children’s shoes from newborn to youth size seven in the city. You’ll find mini brand-name footwear by Ecco, Geox, Kodiak, Bogs, Columbia, Emu, Keen, Sorel, Ugg and more.

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