Scandinavia: the Arctic circle, the Northern lights and snowy landscapes. When thinking of the Scandinavian canvas, with the rugged mountain towns of Norway, and the reindeer-herding Lapland culture, it is warmth and function that is needed to conquer the terrain. The likes of the protagonists in The Killing, Wallander and The Bridge walk around their Nordic Noir setting in boots that take on weather more chilling than the plot line. Yes, just as this Northern European region has stomped over to UK popular culture, another very recognisable aesthetic is stepping forward as part of the Scandinavian ‘design’: Scandinavian boots.
Normally associated with mountain-trekkers and ice conquerors. sturdy and reliable snow boots have entered the world of winter style, as well as function. And no one does it better than the Scandinavians.
Here at Surfdome, we’ve complied our Style Guide to Scandinavian-style winter boots. With the likes of Sorel, Timberland and Helly Hansen, you can put your best foot forward, and add a touch of Scandinavia to your winter wardrobe.
The Men’s Edit
Sorel Caribou Wool Boots
Sorel – arguably, the creators of the world’s best outdoor boots. Originating from Canada, the Sorel boots have been developed to withstand the coldest temperatures. Yet, there’s a clear inspiration: Scandinavia. Crafted with hard-wearing leather, a thick tread for fantastic grip, and contrasting fleece to the top, these boots are more Nordic explorer than Canadian conqueror. Nevertheless, whether you’re battling Alaska, taking on the bitter colds of Sweden, or just needing some warmth for your toes here in the UK, these Caribou Boots are built to keep you toasty, even in -40°C!
Helly Hansen Garibaldi 2 Boots
The Garibaldi Boots from Helly Hansen prove that both style and functionality is possible. Fully waterproof, with a Helly Grip outsole for a reliable traction on the snow, these boots are made to deliver in the freezing temperatures. With the Scandinavian touches of luxurious leather and faux fur lining, you can done your inner Nordic explorer and take on the Arctic circle no problem.
The North Face Chilkat II Boots
Sturdy, durable and Scandi-inspired, the Chilkat II boots from The North Face offer versatility and superb insulation. With their anatomically engineered TPR shell and advanced PrimaLoft Eco insulation, these boots offer a high-level of durability and warmth to take on the whole of Scandinavia. There’s also totally waterproof and seam-sealed with tough TNF Winter Grip outsole to add great traction underfoot as your pick away across the snowscapes of Scandinavia, or just the icy streets of London.
The Women’s Edit
Sorel Tofino Cate Boots
Sophisticated and sleek, the Tofino boot from Sorel gets its aesthetic approach from traditional Scandinavian boots. With a quilted nylon upper and waterproof construction, the boot is capable of keeping feet warm and cozy in the coldest conditions. With stylish quilting, pink detailing, and a faux fur cuff, the Tofino boot exaggerates that Nordic simplicity for an updated winter boot.
Timberland Ek Mount Hope Mid Boots
With heavy Scandi influence, the Ek Mount Hope boots are perfect for this winter. Warmth meets style with the full faux fur detailing, and durable waterproof leather to upper. Channeling classic Nordic style, these Timberland boots are perfect for adding a touch of Scandinavian design.
Sorel The Newbie Boots
Add a touch of pattern to your snow boots for undisputable Scandi style. The Newbie boots from Sorel are perfect for taking you from snowy streets to mountain roads thanks to their water resistant suede and leather upper and durable EVA outsole. All-day comfort is provided thanks to the removable moulded EVA footbed. These boots bring the fashion and the function the Scandi way.
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