The Top Spring and Summer Styles for Shoes and Ankle Boots at Wei’s - Wei's Western Wear

The Top Spring and Summer Styles for Shoes and Ankle Boots at Wei’s

After six long months of harsh winter weather in Alberta, and cabin fever slowly driving us crazy, Spring brings puddles, flooding, heat and cold too. For backyard gardeners, the risk of overnight frost does not end until late May.

In such an unpredictable season, when you’re outside your Spring footwear needs to be waterproof, or at least as water resistant as possible. You need ankle coverage and support when sloppy mud and water mix with hard surfaces that could throw you off balance or worse.

The Best Footwear for Spring

Here, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite spring and summer shoe styles, from ankle boots to rugged shoes that can stand up to variable Spring weather. Keep reading for the spring shoe styles your feet will thank you for this year.

The Chelsea Style

    This is a classic shoe style hailing from England that’s now available from tons of brands. It’s also known as the Romeo. The basic principle is an ankle boot that you can easily pull on thanks to a side stretch panel and heel tab. It also usually has a leather upper to provide water resistance and a quality sole for plenty of walking. Here are fantastic Chelsea-style shoes for spring:
      • Blundstone Unisex Casual Boots Chelsea Classic Walnut 550 (or choose from steel grey, black, or rustic brown styles): You can’t go wrong with the classic Blundstone look that gets even better as it ages. More important, Blundstones have a sole that’s very lightweight while being very durable. They’re comfortable, supportive, and easy to clean in part to the slip-on style. Embrace spring in comfort with the iconic soft toe Chelsea from Blundstone. Wei’s also has these in CSA-approved steel toe styles for work.

        • Ariat Men's Casual Boot Spot Hog Casual Chelsea Pull On: Check out the aggressive outsole and streamlined silhouette. These are easily dressed up or down for any occasion. The full-grain leather foot lends itself to a masculine look that’s both hardwearing and sophisticated. Choose from black, peanut, or sand hues.

      The Ankle Boot Style

      If you prefer something a little heavier and don’t mind the lace-up, here are some contenders for your Spring adventures.

      The Roper Horseshoe: While technically a boot, the Roper Horseshoe  looks like a casual shoe and feels like a sneaker, but comes with the versatility, durability and comfort of a well-made boot. These have a half-inch molded rubber heel and one of our staff at Wei’s used these as her riding boots. The oiled distressed leather increases the wear and water protection, and you can add mink oil or All Protector for even more. They come with a thick lining and removable inner sole, so lace them up for hiking or riding, work or play, or wherever the day takes you, and discover why for yourself why these boots are so darn popular.

      Canada West Brahma Barnie Ankle Boots
      One of Canada West’s most enduring styles, the Barnie is a lightweight all-purpose boot in soft toe and steel toe and styles for men and women.
      The full grain leather and stitchdown construction provides good water resistance and the removable kiltie keeps out dust and dirt. The thick Vibram rubber outsole provides stability and comfort all day long. Inside you’ll find cushioned comfort, air mesh lining and a removable inner sole.

      These boots are lightweight but very solid and a little heavier-duty than most Spring footwear, and that means they’re able to take on more adventures.

      Ariat Terrain H20 and non-H20

      Ariat comes to the plate again with a versatile lace-up in H20 (waterproof) and regular styles for men and women. These cover the ankle and include an extra abrasion-resistant toe and heel guard as well as a heel pull loop.

      WIth a ½” heel, dual-density sole for gripping, and sturdy ATS technology featuring a forked shank for extra stability, Ariat Terrains become more popular every year.


      The Roper

      Not all shoes need to be fun or catch the eye. Sometimes, function is what’s most important and that’s where the Roper shoe shines. This will be your dependable, go-to shoe this spring thanks to the durable leather upper, grippy rubber outsole, and slip-on style.

      Just like the Chelsea, they have a stretch gusset and heel tab. When you want to get moving or when you need to be on your feet for hours, rely on the Roper.

        • Try the Roper Men's Shoes Casual Performance Slip-On 09-020-0601-0208 in black or a rich bay brown

      The Boot for Muddy Puddles

      We can’t mention Spring without including Muck boots, the short style that keeps you confident when you’re in the backyard getting the garden ready.  The Men’s Muckster II and Women’s Muckster II Low or Muck Women's Boots Waterproof Ankle Height are all good choices.
      There’s a reason why Muck boots are so popular, and they are pretty much in a class of their own. Extremely lightweight, so easy to put on, and waterproof with a breathable air mesh lining. The outsold is even especially designed to be self-cleaning, perfect when you’re mucking about outside.

      Men’s Muckster II ankle boot

      Wei’s has several Muck styles including the ever-popular Chore boot, and we also carry the BOGS brand in selected styles.

      The spring season can throw a lot at you; whether you’re dodging rain puddles or removing layers when the sun decides to come out, you need shoes that can keep up.

      Best Shoes for Summer

      Ah, Summer! Days of glorious sunshine and dry ground where ankle coverage and waterproofing matter a little less. We’re talking about a mostly dry season, setting aside Summer hailstorms.

      Feather Light Casual Style Fabric Shoes: When the Summer heat comes, the last thing you want is a heavy shoe weighing you down and causing you to sweat. These feather light shoe styles are like a sneaker, with a “barely there” sole and stretchy laces, making for a comfortable, casual, and fun-to-style shoe.

      Made of fabric instead of leather, the shoes are lower cost so that you can choose from a huge array of colourful styles for different outfits and really play with your look.

      • Ariat Women’s Shoes Casual 3" Hilo Embossed Leather 10042508: Slightly more upscale but always comfortable, these shoes feature a leather upper with a stylish floral embossed print and no-tie laces for a pull-on-and-go style.

          The Chukka:

          Twisted X has created a unique shoe style that’s designed for all-day comfort. Also known as a Driving Moc, the Chukka comes in many attractive styles for both men and women. With a lightweight grippy sole, removable insole for washing, many leather styles, and a distinctive look, the Chukka is the perfect option for your spring activities. Try out Twisted X this spring, with a variety of accent colours and patterns to choose from:

          Cruiser by Ariat:

          The Cruiser is an easy slip-on thanks to a small gusset near the ball of the foot and a cutaway at the heel, which makes coming and going a breeze. Choose from a range of colourful, fun styles and enjoy a lightweight fabric and sole that never weighs you down. Plus, the wedge heel propels you forward, because there’s never any shortage of things to do come the warmer weather! Choose from these great styles:

            Find Spring and Summer Shoes at Wei’s

            Lightweight, comfortable spring and summer shoes don’t have to mean poorly made footwear that doesn’t last past Labour Day. The keys are to know if you need arch support and possibly an insole, or if a flat shoe or even a sneaker will do the job. For activities such as hiking you’ll want to look at some of the lightweight boots we’ve mentioned.

            Find your new spring and summer footwear at Wei’s, either in-store or online. Not sure what you’re looking for? Ask the experts. We know good footwear like the back of our hands—or feet!

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