6 ways to freshen up your winter boots

I’m sick of the snow. I’m sick of the slush. I’m sick of having to take turns on the sidewalk when someone is coming in the opposite direction. But most of all, I’m sick of wearing my fugly snow boots.

It would be one thing if I was restricted to wearing my Converse — at least they’re passably cute and match with everything! Instead, I’m forced to trudge around campus with sheepskin-lined weights on my feet that would make a lumberjack cringe. Okay, they’re not terrible — I’ve seen worse — but everything is good in moderation, as they say, and I surpassed moderation about 2.5 weeks ago.

I know that I’m not the only one in this predicament, so I’ve created a fun list of DYI tips for sprucing up your feet prisons!!!

1) Bedazzled Boots

Buy some plastic jewels from your local craft store and glue, glue, glue! Use hot glue for a long-lasting masterpiece. Bonus: if you burn yourself badly enough, you’ll have a great excuse for missing class, and won’t have to go outside / wear your boots in the first place!  


2) Cute Cut-outs

First decide what pattern you want — edgy triangles? Playful circles? Your roommate’s silhouette? Next, grab a pair of hardware scissors and start hacking. Really go at it! In fact, don’t stop until there’s not even a boot left to cut anymore!

3) Charming Char

Rustic is timeless. An easy and cheap way to achieve this look is charring the lining of your boots for a smoky finish that screams vintage. To begin, run a lit match or lighter along the top rim of your boots. Then, go to the kitchen for a snack. “Accidentally forget” about your DIY project. Come back to a smoldering pile of ashes.

4) Lovely Lace

Lace, which is sold at any craft or fabric store, is a fantastic way to make rugged winter boots look ~delicate~. Tuck a large rectangular piece of the material into the back of your boots, so that it looks like a bride’s veil. Have a friend do the same to their snow boots. Now marry the two pairs in a brief lesbian wedding and send them on a honeymoon in the dumpster behind your house (don’t disturb them — it’s their wedding night). ‘Til death do them part.

5) Daring Duct Tape

Cover all visible surfaces of the boots with silver duct tape. Pretend to be an astronaut. Alternatively, only tape the bottoms and slide to class instead of walking.


6) Instant Incognito

Just cover them with trash bags. Wear as is, or accidentally leave them too close to the communal garbage bins in your place of residence.



Images via Jokichi Matsubara ’18.

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