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Do warm, comfortable – and fashionable – winter boots exist?

The question

I walk outside a lot in the winter, so fashionable uninsulated boots don't cut it for me. Can you recommend a boot that will keep me warm while also looking stylish?

The answer

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The warmest boots will tackle the elements from the outside and from within. If, for instance, a boot is lined in shearling but is not waterproof, it will keep your toes toasty only as long as no slush seeps in. Wellington-style rubber boots, on the other hand (or foot), keep water out but offer little comfort in the cold. Look for a boot that combines an insulated interior with a protective exterior – ideally a thick, flat rubber base and techno fabric upper. All-leather is also an option, but salt stains will be a nagging concern.

I am loath to single out just one brand that offers fashionable-yet-foot-warming styles, so here is my short list: Sorel, Roots, Timberland, Aquatalia and UGG Australia (but not the classic version). And don't underestimate the importance of good wool socks. The alternative is three months of cold feet.

Amy Verner is The Globe and Mail's Paris-based style reporter. Have a fashion question? E-mail

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