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Boots for Zurich

Hey there,

I'm currently refining my wardrobe for my upcoming move to Zurich. I will be there from December onwards, so the majority of the winter.

I will be commuting by foot and train all winter. Are 'proper boots' (like hiking boots) recommended, or is that overkill? I'm guessing I'll be encountering rain, standing water and occasional snow and ice. As per other suggestions, I may leave my 'good shoes' at the office.

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Re: Boots for Zurich

Male or Female? Yes, it would probably be overkill. You want something waterproof but you don't need to go out looking like a Sherpa very often. There is a good choice here in shoe shops. Of course if it snows heavily, you will need your cross country skis & snow suit at the ready.
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Re: Boots for Zurich

It depends is the best answer!!

In snow and slush I opt for one of my trusty pairs of timberlands and take office shoes with me. In the wet I'll wear one of my Cheaneys with the Dainite soles.

If it is wet you should avoid wearing leather soles - they will absorb the water and the wear more quickly.

Over the last 11 years I have bought 2 pairs of business shoes with vibram soles which should be better in bad weather - they've not been.
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Re: Boots for Zurich

Ankle length boots with a gripping sole, and keep a sexy pair of shoes at the office.

I am always amazed that most people stand at the very edge of the pavement when waiting to cross the road. Simply standing a few feet back will help to keep your legs dry, by avoiding the water splashed up by the passing cars.
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Re: Boots for Zurich

If you can get your hands on a pair of Sorels you will be well equipped for slush and snow.

Another option would be Columbia boots, which are also waterproof.

Both are pretty pricey here but I have seen them on sale recently (50% off) which is a really good deal.
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Re: Boots for Zurich

I had a very good solid pair of Geox ABX ankle boots (waterproof, cold proof, snow proof, etc.) for walking everywhere, and 1-2 pair of killer heels for the office.

When going to clients and walking/taking public transit in lousy weather, since I was not comfortable changing shoes, I invested in a good, sturdy but classy pair of black leather boots that looked great with skirt suits and had them treated with special products to avoid rain/snow damage.
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Re: Boots for Zurich

Life is short. Treat yourself with a pair of Meindl boots
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Re: Boots for Zurich

While in general, Switzerland is just as expensive as rumoured, the one thing that doesn't seem proportionately pricey is footwear, especially boots.

I've regretted shelling out high prices for winter gear in anticipation of moving here, only to find I could have selected from a wider range (and wider range of price points) here without it having eaten into my luggage allowance.
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While in general, Switzerland is just as expensive as rumoured, the one thing that doesn't seem proportionately pricey is footwear, especially boots.

I've regretted shelling out high prices for winter gear in anticipation of moving here, only to find I could have selected from a wider range (and wider range of price points) here without it having eaten into my luggage allowance.
Not to mention that you will have access to the highest quality, best-looking shoes in the world just next door (Italy).
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