A la Mode 101 – Budget Boots

Dear Courtney M,

I am in a HUGE dilemma. I am a student coming to experience a chilly Edmonton winter for the first time this year for a VERY important internship. Your post about dressing for winters was so helpful but now I need some help in the boot department. I need something that can stand up to the harsh weather and also the mountains of snow, but I still want to look classy and professional for my internship with Global TV. There are so many beautiful options out there, but that’s the problem! There are too much! How do I find the right pair of boots for me that can still fit into a student budget?

Help Courtney M!

Lots of Love,
Your faithful reader

Hi Kasi, thanks for your question darling. It would probably be a good idea to start mentally preparing yourself for harshly cold days and dreary skies with that breath-taking crisp windchill. The kind of windchill that makes you wish you were somewhere else… anywhere else. Edmonton winters are no doubt boot-wearing weather. I know the life on a student budget, been there done that and it’s not easy – especially when we love to shop! You are in fact on a strict budget but good boots should be worthy of a substantial investment. BUT, on a more realistic approach that isn’t always feasible. I’ve put together two budgets for you (investment and budget friendly) and picked out some on-point boots that are great for workin’ it at Global, chilling weather snaps and random evening rendezvous’.


  • Riding Boots x. Riding boots are everywhere this winter. They are the epitome of comfort, ultra classy looking and they go great with pants or skirts.

Juicy Couture Morrell Leather Boot x. 428


Seychelles Equestrian Boot x. 320


STEVEN Smoken Boot x. 329


  • Booties x. Booties are great. You can wear the right bootie during the day and easily transition them into your evening look – spur of the moment hot date? FYI – Jeffrey Campbell might be the most comfortable bootie I have ever worn.

Jeffrey Campbell Quilted Lita x. 255


Sam Edelman Lulu Bootie x. 244


Pour La Victoire Raval Bootie x. 329


  • Biker Boots x. How badass are these? These may not be as appropriate for your internship as they would be for a Saturday afternoon perusing your temporary city but they are definitely cool. Pair them with jeans, a short dress or leggings.

FRYE Jenna Studded Tall Boot x. 388


Marc by Marc Jacobs Buckle Boot x. 595


ASH Studded Boot x. 360



  • Riding Boots x.

Zara Leather Boots x. 179

Zara Leather Riding Boot x. 199

Zara Flat Boot x. 189

Zara Suede Boot x. 99

  • Booties x.

Zara Studded Ankle Boot x. 58

Zara Platform Ankle Boot x. 59

Zara Wedge Ankle Boot x. 139

  • Biker Boots x.

Zara Studded Low Cut Boots x. 159

Zara Ankle Boots with Buckles x. 159

Zara Studded Ankle Boot x. 129

Don’t forget that a good Edmontonian wardrobe contains a great pair of gloves (I love leather), a warm stylish scarf and most importantly an, ‘I-could-live-in-an-igloo’ type of attitude. Good luck on your internship!!

[images c/o zara.com & revolveclothing.com]

x Courtney

  1. What a great post. I like your advice for your reader and your boot picks.

    • Thank you my dear! Thanks for being such an awesome supporter. Xx

    • Me too! I think I might have to do a little investing of my own. Lol 😉

  2. I love your blog! I have been on the hunt for an awesome short motorcycle boot-obsessed with the Zara’s!

  3. Oh, and on the Lita booties are my fav! I have them in a tan suede and I’m thinking black ones are in my near future. xo

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