30 Snow Boots To Buy NOW Before The Polar Vortex Arrives

The weather forecast is about as predictable as, well, the weather. Are more polar vortex conditions to come or will we get a reprieve this season? No matter: People are flocking to L.L.Bean, in stores and online, this season with a renewed vigor that doesn't seem to be exclusively a reaction to recent years' storm patterns. The heritage label’s signature boots are back-ordered until as late as April 20, 2015, in some sizes and widths. You can try trolling eBay with hopes of nabbing a pair, but go in knowing the prices are inflated and the odds ostensibly slim.
This in mind, there are other footwear options for those looking for a seriously reliable pair. Ahead, find 30 winter boots that’ll combat freezing rain, snow, and sub-zero wind chills — and serve as your (surprising) statement shoe this winter, too. (NPR)