Then once I've steered my bike into one of the racks at "the parking circle," I've got to make my way down a long concrete walkway and stairs, quite capable of providing a skating opportunity if the weather hovers around zero C, and then adjust my knees to whatever degree of steepness the boat ramp is on, depending on the tides. I do wear heels regularly, despite these challenges, but I'm strategic about the days I hazard them (or carry them in my bag and change once I get to my car, on the other side).
These Fluevog boots qualify for most circumstances -- rugged enough to handle mud-spattering (biking on our dirt roads means dust or mud follows a rider as closely as it does Charles Schulz's Pigpen), tall enough to keep me warm and dry in most weather, and with sufficient traction on their comfortably flat heels and soles to keep me upright and out of the saltchuck.
Besides all the commuting vagaries, though, I do like my outfit to look smart for a day at work, and even to carry me into "the big city" when I head straight to Vancouver after I leave campus -- as I will do today. This coat is not as swishy as Lisa's new camel MaxMara, but it's 100% cashmere, a wonderful find that I bought on sale after Christmas 6 years ago -- Banana Republic's Heritage line. The beret is Joe Fresh and while it's not holding up quite as well as the Holt Renfrew versions I have, it's not bad at all for 5 years old and $15! I bought the scarf at the now-defunct and highly lamented A to Zebra, a local boutique I miss very much. (The gloves are from there as well -- leopard print, worn probably 40 days a year for the last 4 years -- hard to beat that CPW!)
What are you up to for the weekend? Have you got the outerwear to get you where you need to go? Bundle up, you Easterners! Stay warm!