12 Delightfully Chunky Boots To Make Winter Less Miserable


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"I can't wait to bust out my snow boots!" said no one ever.

It's officially that time of year when we have to keep extreme weather conditions in mind when planning our outfits. Lucky for us, the clunky, chunky-soled grandpa sneakers that trended their way through spring and summer have a winter-ready counterpart, and they're here to *gracefully* get us through winter's ice, slush, and overall grossness sans any slips or spills. Oh, and they're actually cute.

From treaded combat and hiking boots to the fashionably clunky and waterproof, we rounded up the most practical boots of the season. While we wouldn't recommend trudging through a blizzard in many of these (though, with some, you totally can), consider these the perfect everyday option for when you don't know whether to expect a patch of black ice or a flurry of flakes here and there.

Check out our picks, below.

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Sorel, Kinetic Short Lace Boot, $160, available at Sorel.

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Bronx, Taupe Suede Chunky Hiker Boots, $245, available at ASOS.

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Zara, Tall Lug Soled Boots, $69.90, available at Zara.

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Marc Jacobs, Shay Leather Ankle Boots, $450, available at Barneys.

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Hunter, Original Insulated Commando Boots in Black, $175, available at Hunter.

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Ganni, Sarai Boots, $475, available at Shopbop.

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Urban Outfitters, Brooklyn Hiker Boot, $98, available at Urban Outfitters.

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Tory Sport, Color-Block Lace-Up Boots, $298, available at Tory Burch.

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Diemme, Maser Lt. Hiker Suede Ankle Boots, $480, available at Net-A-Porter.

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ASOS Design, Almighty Chunky Hiker Boots, $56, available at ASOS.

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Aldo, Ethialia, $120, available at Aldo.

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& Other Stories, Lace UP Leather Ankle Boots, $179, available at & Other Stories.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.