Usually the arrival of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January signals that we’re fully into winter boots season. Not so this year. The abnormally warm and snowless winter of 2015-16 across the northeastern U.S. has stymied sales of cold-weather footwear. But that can be good news for customers, who can benefit from catching bargains earlier than normal. Whether you’ll actually need them for traversing slush-covered city streets or enduring chilly temps remains to be seen.
There are plenty of boot styles to choose from: everything from fur and shearling linings to hiking boot and duck shoe influences to the still-popular just-above-the-ankle height.