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I too live in Chicago and have to walk the streets. I would get a pair of hearty snow boots. With the salt and extreme weather the leather on those would be ruined. Not to mention they are probably not that well insulated.

I have a pair of for really snowy days.
 

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Hey all,

I need a good winter boot to wear in Chicago while I walk to work. I'm looking for something dressy, but also something that can take the snow/ice, etc.

BB has several boots on clearance. Can these boots take the heavy winter? Or are they more just for fashion?

https://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCa...211550&Parent_Id=305&default_color=Dark-brown

https://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCa..._Id=1211517&Parent_Id=305&default_color=Brown

Thanks for the help.
I bought a pair of these last year for similar winter use in NYC:

https://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCa...ction_Id=523&Product_Id=1002400&Parent_Id=522

They have dainite rubber soles, similar to the ones you are looking at. I found the dainite soles to be very slippery with even the slightest amount of snow on the ground. I ultimately switched to something with a traditional lug/commando sole.
 

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Magogian,

In my opinion, both of those boots are ugly and neither is going to fare well in the winter.

If you want something to avoid ruining your shoes, look into a pair of Neos Voyager overshoes. They even come in an insulated model that will serve you well in the hard Chicago winters. You just slip them over your dress shoes and pants.

Here is a pic, don't know anything about the site though:



I bought a pair of these for the fall and winter. However, they are not waterproof but I live in a climate with relatively mild winters. Even so, I plan to treat them with sno seal or something similar.



With the shoebuy discounts that are available through tommorrow, and an additional 10% off for a first order I paid under $200. Bakershoes.com regularly sells them for $199 but they have to special order so you have to wait about 2 weeks to get the boots.
 
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