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5 Snow Boots That Won't Fail You, Even In Wisconsin

Fall-proof kicks that are there for you.

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As a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I've come to believe that it's not a matter of "if" you will slip and fall on ice, but "when." Temperatures drop well below zero and any forms of liquid on the sidewalks freeze over which can make the thought of ice skating to class more practical than walking. Considering this, it is imperative to be geared up and ready to go for any and all icicle-affiliated challenges that Madison students face daily. So, here are five pairs of snow boots that have proven to be dependable and will keep you on your feet (literally).

1. Timberlands

Timbs; classic. These boots are great because they're affordable, can be worn with pretty much any outfit, and are highly durable. Salt is bound to get all over boots when trekking through the streets, but the material of Timberlands holds up well against it along with other components of the weather like slush. The sizing of these shoes can be a little strange- you may want to size up depending on how they feel around the middle of your foot. I usually wear a size eight in shoes but my Timberlands are a size nine. Once they fit right, they're in it for the long haul.

2. Doc Martens

My unsung hero. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, a good pair of Docs won't get you through. I wear them with absolutely everything. They are so comfortable and easy to style. Never once have I come close to the tiniest slide on ice in them. The rubber sole has a great grip and any salt or ice stains come right off the boot with a few brushes of your hand.

3. Sorrels

I have not had any personal experience with Sorrels but have seen and heard great things. Many Sorrels are rubber on the outside and furry on the inside which is great for keeping your feet dry and warm without any big or heavy socks that you may be wearing with Timberlands, for example. Some of the pairs for women have a wedge or a tiny heel if you're looking for a boot that also gives you a little height.

4. Uggs

The guilty pleasure boot. In Uggs, you basically feel like you're wearing a big sock. I'm not going to lie, I have had a few fall scares in my Uggs, especially on icey, slanted sidewalks. The grip of the sole isn't the firmest but Uggs are a steady choice for the averagely bad weather conditions. They are most definitely a better choice than sneakers if it came down to that.

5. Pajar Canada

The website doesn't list these as boots, rather "ice grippers" which is already a good sign. They have the style of a classic snow boot and are really simple in design and color which makes them easy and effortless to wear.

With this, hopefully, you'll be walking around more than you'll be sliding around. Do yourself a favor and never succumb to the "it's just one block, I'll wear my Nike AF1s" mentality. I've tried it, my friends have tried it, you've probably tried it, and we've all failed miserably. Throw on a pair of any of these boots and you'll be looking great and feeling safe.

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Top 5 Best Dress Websites To Shop At

These websites are sure to help you find what you're looking for!
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It's that time of year again! With prom, sorority/fraternity formals, weddings, and graduation parties all coming up there are so many different reasons you'll need to go shopping for a new dress. However, dress shopping can be stressful and with so many different stores/websites available it can the experience extremely overwhelming. Below I have narrowed down the top five best websites to shop at that will be sure to meet all your dress needs:


1. Tobi

Tobi is one of my favorite dress websites! The site offers a wide variety of dress options at very affordable prices. Every time I have ordered a dress from Tobi I have been able to get it for half of the original price listed. Anytime I need to buy a dress, Tobi is the first website I go to.


2. Boohoo

Boohoo is a global fashion retailer offering thousands of styles across both menswear and womenswear. Out of all five of these websites, Boohoo's clothing is the least expensive option. On top of their already low prices, Boohoo is always offering discount codes on their website for up to 50% off.


3. Lulus

Though Lulus is the most expensive of the five websites, in my opinion, their products are of the highest quality. Both of the dresses I have ordered from this site were made with thick material and fit true to size. If you have the money saved up, I highly recommend buying a dress from this website.


4. Missguided

Missguided is a website that I have recently become familiar with and is the best website to shop at if you are in need of a more formal dress. There is even a section for affordable prom dresses! The best part about this website is that they always offer a student discount.


5. Showpo

Disclaimer: I haven't actually ordered anything from this site myself, however, a lot of my friends swear by Showpo. The online boutique offers a unique product variety offering clothing options you can't find elsewhere. Every time I have worn anything from the site, I have always received compliments. The only downside of Showpo is that it takes longer than other websites to ship their products to the United States because the company is based in Australia.

These websites are sure to help you find what you're looking for!

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Gucci’s Commodification Of Cultural Clothing Is A Problem The Fashion Industry Needs To Address

Brands like Gucci and Zara are only commodifying the culture of others rather than making any attempt to celebrate and respect them.

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Recently, Gucci faced backlash for selling Sikh turbans as hats for $790. The brand had already come under fire when the turbans were featured in Gucci's Fall 2018 show, especially due to Gucci's use of white models to wear the turbans on the runway. It seems that the previous backlash has not discouraged Gucci from continuing on to sell the turbans for a high price.

Members of the Sikh community were quick to express outrage at the monetization of the turbans, pointing out the religious significance of the Sikh turban. The reduction of the turban to a mere accessory for fashion is offensive enough on its own, but selling them at such a high price only further commodifies an item that is considered sacred to many and would normally not cost nearly as much in the Sikh community.

This incident with Gucci, however, is far from being the only instance where a cultural item has been monetized in the fashion industry. Many have also questioned Zara's new sandals, which bear a close resemblance to waraji, woven straw sandals that were once popular among common people in Japan. The main source of confusion among members of the Japanese community was the price of the sandals, which are being sold at 7,990 yen ($72) while waraji are usually only 200-300 yen (about $2-$3).

Waraji do not appear to have the same spiritual significance as the Sikh turban, but both Gucci's and Zara's attempts to sell these items for much higher prices are all-too-common examples of cultural appropriation. Even if the item does not have sacred or religious value, it is still something that belongs to another culture and should not be monetized in such a manner. Drawing inspiration from other cultures is not harmful on its own if done respectfully, but simply borrowing cultural items and selling them as luxury items at a higher price range is far from being respectful. In these instances, these items are passed off "better" than the original by a brand that does not come from the culture it is borrowing from. Zara should not be given more credit than the people of Japan who used to wear waraji. In the case of Gucci, the turban should not have been touched at all.

The monetization of other cultures is, unfortunately, far too common, especially in the fashion industry. Brands like Gucci and Zara are only commodifying the culture of others rather than making any attempt to celebrate and respect them. Hiking up the prices of items belonging to another culture is a glaringly obvious act of cultural appropriation and a trend that needs to stop.

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