Shopping: Winter Boots

© Valentina von Klencke

Winter boots are a part of the coldest time of the year, especially in Berlin. Madeleine prepared and sought out the most beautiful styles from Chloé, Isabel Marant, and Inuikii

Functional and necessary – that’s winter boots. They feel like a mandatory purchase. And I don’t like that at all. I’d rather distract myself at this time of year with other items of clothing. And that’s how colorful swimsuits, a bag for the beach, sunglasses, and, of course, new sandals were allowed to move into my wardrobe over the last winter seasons. But I’ve been living in Berlin for a few months now and it’s dawned on me quickly: I can’t get away with that this year.

My last pair of “mandatory shoes” were a few years back. They were beige Timberlands (I was 15!) that weren’t exactly becoming. I felt tiny in them and stomped through the school halls. But they were waterproof. My feet, however, were regularly freezing – until the day that I discovered warming foot cream. That was the solution, I thought. I was supposed to give a report and was well prepared. Armed with my knowledge, tightly laced winter boots, and creamed feet, I started into the first hour of my presentation. It ran smoothly, until it started to burn. What I didn’t know: Combined with nervousness and swelling blood vessels, the cream had set off a kind of fire on my soles. I bobbed from one leg to the other, walked through the room, was sweating, talking faster and faster, and was visibly animated in my tight Timberlands. They were like an oven baking my feet to a crisp. The report actually didn’t go badly, but that’s the way it is when you’re running for your life: You are driven to peak performance. At home, I discarded my boots and cream and ran through the snow in sneakers for the next few years.


Unfortunately, sneakers are not suitable for Berlin winter. I already have respect for the cold: The duty of winter boots is calling. And in fact, I did something quite out of character and have proactively owned such a pair since December. My brand-new boots (Inuikiis with sneaker soles) work without warming foot creams thanks to their warm lambskin lining. I’m not stomping around and, for the first time, am finding myself quite chic and casual in my very functional and necessary winter boots. But the colorful swimsuit is still on its way.

Madeleine wears the Sneaker Classic Blue Boots from Inuikii.

Images: Valentina von Klencke
Translation: Melissa Frost

Madeleine is a fashion journalist. For as long as she can remember she has been passionate about fashion and accessories, in particular cashmere sweaters and jewelry. After five years of working at Vogue Germany’s fashion department in Munich, she decided to encounter a new challenge and move to Berlin. Her role at hey woman! allows her to combine her passion for styling, creative directing and writing. Madeleine is also good at imitating a Swiss accent and trying to be a cook.

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