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These Are the Waterproof Boots I’ll Be Wearing All Winter Long

They're the perfect snow boots for city dwellers.
By Madeline Diamond
December 24, 2020
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Even though I've lived in New York City for over three years, I seem to forget every winter that it actually snows here, leading me to my recent hunt for a pair of boots that can handle the snow that don't necessarily look like they're made for snow. Sorel has long been a customer-favorite when it comes to winter boots, especially ones made for winter weather, and the Lennox Chelsea Boots are no exception. These leather ankle boots are as stylish as it gets, but they're waterproof and feature a seam-sealed construction, so they can stand up to whatever snow and ice comes your way this year.

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The Lennox Chelsea Boots are available in four colors: black, white, tan, and grey. They feature elastic gore panels on each side, as well as a pull tab in the back, which makes them easy to slip on and off. A memory foam EVA footbed and EVA midsole provide support and shock absorption, while a durable molded rubber outsole offers reliable traction.

I wore these boots while trudging through my neighborhood after last week's snow storm in New York, and I was thoroughly impressed. They don't feel heavy or cumbersome, like many other winter boots, but they kept my feet dry and (relatively) warm. Plus, the traction came in handy while trekking through piles of snow and ice.

Customer reviews noted that the boots run small, as well as a bit narrow, which I found to be true. With that in mind, I found a comfortable fit by sizing up half a size, so I can still wear thicker winter socks on extra-chilly days.

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To buy: Sorel Lennox Chelsea Boots, zappos.com, amazon.com, $170

Shoppers agree that these boots are both stylish and effectively waterproof. "Sorel continues to deliver a great product with the Women's Lennox Chelsea Boot. This was a deviation from my twice a year purchase of the Emelie Chelsea (used ~4 miles each workday commute), and I couldn't be happier to mix things up. [This boot is] comfortable and stylish," one reviewer wrote.

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