I have a confession. I haven’t been too happy with my Aquatalia boots. Although stylish, they aren’t cut out for the harsh midwest winters, particularly for standing around in arctic temperatures waiting for public transportation. Since the polar vortex has hit again with below zero wind chills, I decided I was in need of some seriously warm boots – stat. But I didn’t want to sacrifice style … so off to The Frye Company store I went. I narrowed the shearling-lined boots down to three styles and then finally decided upon the Frye “Valerie Strappy Shearling” boot. It’s so versatile and can be paired with leggings, jeans and skirts. Truth be told, I also purchased a pair of Prada fur-lined boots on line (and on sale), but they won’t arrive for another week and frostbitten feet are not an option. I have to say, I’m quite happy with my purchase, even if I did have to pay full price for the Frye’s. The boots are lined with Australian dyed lamb shearling, have a 1.5″ lug rubber heel to maneuver easily in snow, a round toe and oh-so-stylish triple buckles on the side vamp and they have an inner zipper. When you purchase from Frye’s website or store, you also are logged in their database and your purchase comes with a two-year warranty. Stay warm and give winter the boot!