Hopefully2012 wrote:N00b question: What types of shoes do you recommend for guys to wear during cold (Chicago) winters?
I've never really noticed what shoes people in Chitown wear during my previous visits and growing up with only flipflops and other slipper-type shoes... I'm at a loss.
ETA: Are there specific types of dress shoes that do a better job for survival in the cold? I feel so oblivious right now.
I got these last year and they are amazing. Super comfortable and do an amazing job of keeping out the snow and slush to keep your feet nice and dry. Keeping your feet dry is important if you're going to be walking around a lot in the winter. I also really like them because even though they're a boot, they're aesthetically more like a shoe, so I'll wear them around as an everyday casual shoe without feeling like a tool.http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/produ ... 8.12019864
I don't know about any dress shoes that do better in the cold. The big thing is to try to avoid the salt as much as possible. If you clean them often, you should be able to avoid salt damage. If possible, wear different shoes while traveling and change into the dress shoes at your destination. If you're really concerned, you could get a shoe with a thicker sole and tougher construction, like this one. I think other styles look better for me, so I deal with the snow and such, but if this works for you, it's better for the cold weather.http://www.zappos.com/rockport-editoria ... ck-leather
For any wondering females: As a female, I wear boots the entire winter here. I wear my waterproof non-slip boots (they're slim and look dressy for flat boots). For my friends who went to school here from warmer weather climates, it's already too cold to wear open toed shoes, so wear something else. For an interview, females can maybe wear ankle boots (small enough to fit in your purse), carry a pair of pumps in your purse and change before your interview.
For Hopefully: Most guys I know still wear sneakers, but some invest in winter boots for walking in the snow. For an interview, normal dress shoes will be fine if it isn't snowing. They should have grip though if it recently snowed, like what was stated above, there will be salt all over if it did snow. Maybe you'd want to carry a bag with dress shoes if it does snow/rain to prevent your pants from getting wet on the bottom/salt damage
Note: Chicago is supposedly going to have the worst winter in the nation this year. The city of Chicago is usually good (as in no school closures in over 10 years) about clearing streets, but in the case of another snowocalypse, transportation may be delayed a day.
And finally, if you decide to go to school in Chicago, invest in a pair of waterproof boots. Your pants will thank you.