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)