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The Frye Company
Face down snow, sleet or hail in Frye's "Vera Hiker."

We can?t spend another winter trudging around in boots that look like ratty house slippers. (Except on pedicure day, when everyone knows that classic Uggs are amazing for keeping fresh polish intact.)

Update your bad-weather look with this year?s crop of good-looking boots.

The Rebel Boot Iconic American brand Frye just opened a flagship in the Gold Coast with a mind-boggling 800 styles on the shelves. The Vera Hiker ($348) is fully lined in superwarm shearling, and its sole is rubberized for taking on ice patches. 1007 N. Rush St.; 312-642-3793 or

The Office Boot These tall boots in waterproof suede by Aquatalia ($498) have a stretch back panel to accommodate your chunky wool socks. A short heel and a serious rubber sole will keep you pounding the sidewalks pain-free. At Shirise, 341 Park Ave., Glencoe; 847-835-2595 or

The Play Boot These Julette snow boots by Ugg ($300) hint at the brand?s signature Eskimo-inspired styling--but with outsize details that take them beyond the slipper look. Waterproof leather, lined in Thinsulate and a drift-blocking sheepskin collar? You?re ready for Blizzaster 2014. 909 N. Rush St.; 312-255-1280 or

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