Okay, okay. I know I have already bought 3 pair of boots this year. Two of those are even waterproof...and one has some insulation. But it's still primarily a fashion boot.
I also own a 5 year old pair of Clarks riding style boots, with thinsulate (or similar) lining. They are "warm enough" commuting type boots. But they are no longer waterproof and can't be made waterproof, it seems. (Believe me....I have tried treating them to no avail; water seeps in anyway -- though they are fine in dry snow.)
In addition, I own a pair of gear hiking snow boots -- short -- good in extreme temperatures, but too clunky and obviously gear-ish to wear in town, plus snow tends to fall into the tops -- which isn't an issue when the rest of your outfit is gear, but is when it is regular clothing.
Usually the Clark's would do fine for the kind of snow that tends to linger here in town. But with the slush, the ice, the freezing rain, and the continuing snow, this winter is killing me, and I feel I need something really weatherproof and warmer.
I just went and tried on the Sorels. No go. The Joan of Arctic style is just terrible (way too wide) on my foot. The Tofino is better but still far too wide at the heel.
Anyone have a good suggestion of alternatives to try where the fit is "neater." Style is less important in the sense that I am open to a variety of looks for this purpose. But they should be waterproof, WARM, and not the kind of boot I have to be super careful of.
I looked at some Uggs but didn't like the styles they had at this store. Glory has recommended Pajar to me in the past. I could check Ecco, too, since they give me a good fit. But other ideas welcome.