Updated Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Warm feet, warm heart. But one need not go clomping around in our wet, chilly months in knock-off Wellies or barn boots or, say, plastic bags on one's feet. One can fend off the weather and the water with fashion and flair — wondrous winter fashion all to be found beneath the shoebox lid.
This one's for you, Medina
Sorel boots, specifically. The Medina Rain Heel ($200). Named, yes indeedie, for our own Eastside city of. Marketing hoo-ha tells Goddess from Sorel HQ town Portland that a lot of the company's hard-wearin' boots are named after places in the Northwest and Canada (where company was founded).
These are not the Sorels (say Sor-ELLE) of your snowmobilin' Uncle Stu in Duluth, kids. This is high-fashion mukluk goodness for the mud puddle and the board meeting. There's even a wedge-heel or two among the offerings.
For the menfolk, meanwhile, there is the Men's Chugalug ($170). Returned to us from the 1970s, updated most fabulously. Even the Men's Felt Moc Slipper Shoe (wool felt upper, natural rubber outsole; $80) could go to dinner on occasion.
Say 'I do' to the boot
It would be so tempting to cast off those little strappy sandals and go marching right down the aisle in shearling comfort with boots from the Ugg Australia I Do Collection.
Exhibit A: the The jeweled Bailey Button I Do! This Ugg has a Swarovski crystal button, adding a pop of sparkle to the sheepskin-wrapped feet of the bride and her posse ($225).
Or there's Sparkles I Do! with iridescent sequins (bound in satin) that glimmer in white and pink, a glittery take on one of Ugg's most famous boots ($190).
And, finally, the Fluff Flip Flop I Do! Shearling covered flip-flop in white and baby blue ($80).
Find Ugg at local retailers such as Nordstrom, Ugg concept stores (Vancouver, B.C., and San Francisco) and at www.uggaustralia.com.
Or perhaps you are more of a traditionalist in your rebelliousness. Go both ways at once with the Dr. Martens Pendleton Collection. British institution meets Oregon icon.
Behold here the Native American-inspired woolen-blanket wrapped boot from the company that started out in the orthopedic footwear biz: the Dr. Martens Burgundy Printed Wool Pendleton Edition Boot; $185.
This seven-eyelet boot with the trademarked air-cushioned sole is Northwest from all angles: "A rugged, American icon befriends the beloved British boot for a definitive, woven-wool twist on an offbeat classic," is what they're saying at www.nordstrom.com.
Taking a scholarly view of the combat-worthy boot, Martin Roach, author of a Dr. Martens history, writes, "Usually when a new subculture appears, it gets rid of the symbols of the previous subculture. But not the Doc Martens. It stayed with the skinheads, the punks, the mods, the grunges and so on."
Available (also in black) at Dr. Marten stores and at www.drmartens.com. Dr. Martens Seattle, 1509 2nd Ave. Also find there the Pendleton-Dr. Martens satchels. British styling wrapped in wool jacquards with leather accents; $300.
Medina Rain Heel
Fluff Flip Flop I Do!
Baily Button I Do!
Dr. Martens-Pendleton Boot and Satchel