Winter can be tough on your beloved boots. Between the snow, slush, and salt, unfortunate casualties await every season. Looking to prevent damage? A good first step is to weather proof leather and suede shoes. While this is not a foolproof solution, protecting your boots should be a priority prior to your first wear. Also, consider taking favorite boots to a leather worker after every tough season so they stay in tip-top condition. Second, look for textured soles. No fashionista wants to be sliding through a storm! Plus, rubber grip soles are in, so there’s no need to face the muck in slippery, smooth soles. Finally, consider a chunky, stacked heel. It provides more stability than other alternatives and will hold up in the elements better than leather and suede-covered options.