NY Tourists Talk Boots

Women’s boots were a season-saver for retailers last year, as sales of weather-appropriate and fashionable footwear gave shoppers a reason to buy even in tight economic times. Looks like it will be good news for boot brands once again: When Footwear News hit New York’s bustling Rockefeller Center last week, locals and tourists alike said they are continuing to buy boots — of varying heights — that offer warmth, comfort and, as always, style. Ugg, Merrell and Aldo topped their lists for the season.

1. Emma, 24
Residence: Toronto
Bought this year: “I bought a pair from [Canadian brands] Aldo and Town Shoes.”
Favorite brand: Aldo
Best boot height: Knee-high
Key winter boot feature: Comfort

2. Beth, 45

Residence: Connecticut
Bought this year: “None this year, but I bought a warm pair of Merrells last year.”
Favorite brand: “If I could afford it, Cole Haan.”
Best boot height: Mid-calf
Key winter boot feature: “Warmth.”

3. Kirsty, 36
Residence: Southampton, England
Bought this year: “Not yet, but I’m working on it. I buy a pair of boots every year.”
Favorite brand: “I’m not really focused on brands, although I am looking for some Uggs. They are half the price here.”
Best boot height: Knee-high
Key winter boot feature: Style

4. Sarom, 28
Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bought this year: “I just bought Aldo boots and another pair of Uggs. Last year I bought Ugg as well.”
Favorite brand: “It doesn’t really matter, but I do like Aldo.”
Best boot height: Mid-calf
Key winter boot features: Style and comfort

5. Eileen, 42
Residence: Delaware
Bought this year: “I bought some from Kohl’s this year.”
Favorite brand: “I love Frye boots.”
Best boot height: Mid-calf
Key winter boot feature: Comfort

6. Christine, 19
Residence: Toronto
Bought this year: “My mom bought me a pair this year.”
Favorite brand: Aldo
Best boot height: High. “I don’t like booties because I think they’re unflattering for my body.”
Key winter boot feature: “Warmth, especially as it’s getting really cold in Canada.”