Manolo recommends Sorel’s stylish and snow-busting Cate the Great boots for the cold

January 31

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This series of polar vortexes has left me very disgruntled and cold footed. I need a pair of winter boots, and I need them right now.  Can you please recommend something serious but with a little flair? —Shanna

Manolo says, the Manolo has noticed that, thanks to the omnipresent hunt for the television ratings, we now live in the era of weather hysteria.

The worst of the lot is the Weather Channel, which used to be the boring but sensible provider of climatological information, but is now in the mass panic business, to the point that they are giving names to the ordinary winter storms as if they were the hurricanes.

“Tonight as winter storm Attila the Death-Bringer hammers the area with up to two inches of concentrated white murder, and howling winds of 15 miles an hour, temperatures will dip into the extinction event zone, falling below the point at which water, itself, ceases to flow, turning the tri-state area into a colorless wasteland of ice and death.”

So, you get up early the next morning, eager to greet the end of the world, only to find that it is 26 degrees and your neighbor Murry, who is so nice, has already swept the light-dusting of concentrated murder from the sidewalk with the push broom.

Here is the Cate the Great Deco from Sorel ($210, zappos.com), the sassy winter boot that, for some reason, makes the Manolo smile.

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