Ice Queens

Winter - ugh. I don't think there's a better word for it. Just a big, fat visceral ugh from deep in the back of your throat. It's coming and there's nothing we can do about it. Forget about showing off that new Essie pedicure, pack up those strappy platforms and open toed wedges; it's all over. All hope is not lost though. Meet Dina and Batilda, they're here to help. Constructed with large rubber soles, they will get you through some serious weather while making your outfit even cooler. These two beauts, built from the same super thick 3.34 inch (85mm) heel and 1.57 inch (40mm) platform, manage to achieve the near impossible by fusing strong shape and design with functionality and comfort. Comfort. Showers of praise have fallen on the Dina boot, with customers and bloggers alike commenting on its ease of wear. With the same heel and platform as Batilda, Dina features some extra design elements. The black oily cow leather is pieced together over top a Lycra sock that creates an ultra-modern futuristic feel. The winter months don't have to be full of drab, slippery shoes. We sent style blogger Ivania Carpio a pair, and she posted a review on her blog Love Aesthetics. Ivania writes, "What I really like about this pair are the details like the leather that overlaps the platform, the little cut out on the back of the heel but also their comfort; I could run a marathon in them." Savvy London-based photographer Saga Sig shared Carpio's sentiment in tweet form a few days ago: Saga also was kind enough to lend Miista her brilliance and shoot our lookbook, which you can scope out in entirety on her blog The Neverending Story. Below are images she shot of a model frolicking through the rocky terrain of an Icelandic volcano. When we first saw the pictures it was definitely a shock to see her perched like that on such rough ground in heels...then we remembered that Dina and Batilda are true all-terrain vehicles. Everyone at Miista HQ owns a pair of the Batilda. With design inspired by motorcycle boots, Batilda is crafted from luxe oily cow leather and comes in two colors ways: basic black and two tone brown/tan. The rough heavy hardware is silver on the black pair and antique gold buckles adorn the brown. The sole is made from extra durable rubber that will keep your feet planted firmly when black ice comes to town. It seems Solestruck managed to capture Batilda's enigmatic essence the best: Don't play by the rules. Be harsh. Be rough. Be BATILDA. A true original at heart and a lost soul with a mission--that's what we think of when we think of this shoe. Hard, rough leather with thick, heaving buckles, and a trouble-making textured heel. Wherever she's going, we want to follow. Both styles are now available in our online shop, grab a pair before winter officially begins.