Our winter has been colder (and started earlier) than usual, so I'm already hitting winter-clothing fatigue and it's not even officially winter yet. I could use some inspiration on how to change things up given the constraints, which are:
- Very cold temperatures (teens and 20s, sometimes single digits Fahrenheit)
- Snow several times a week
- Icy, slushy, very slippery sidewalks because folks here apparently don't believe in salting and sanding and plowing
- I walk three long blocks (icy, slippery, and extra cold as they are a wind tunnel) from parking lot to work everyday.
I have two snow boots. One is slightly dressier (BareTraps Sheree in black from a couple years ago). The other is very warm and sporty (Columbia Mix Omni Heat in gray). I don't have the budget to add anything too pricey at this point.
I'm looking for...
1. Ideas on how to style these two boots so they look less frumpy (I'm short so it's easy to look sloppy in them)
2. Further suggestions of good snow boots that would add some variety to my wardrobe without breaking the bank (while still being warm, non-slipping etc)
3. Alternatively, suggestions of good ways to wear these as "commuter shoes" i.e. outfits where they wouldn't look outlandish in my parking lot walk, and where I could easily swap in indoor shoes that wouldn't take too much room in my bag.
Maybe it's too much I'm hoping for--if only I could teletransport myself from home to work, then I could just wear my cute kitten-heeled pointy-toed Fall boots and booties all the time.

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