THE ‘well-heeled’ locals here in Niseko don’t wear heels at all. They wear Sorel Caribous. Think gum boot with oodles of street cred that are extra warm, with extra grip and a smidgen of style points. You can even tuck your jeans into them if you’re wading through deep stuff, or pull them over the top for a token effort at p.m. chic. Rated to -40 degrees celsius, with a waterproof full-grain leather upper attached to a vulcanised rubber bottom, they even have metal shanks across the heel and ball of your foot give you sturdy footing on the ice. The 9mm ThermoPlus felt liner is removable, so you can dry them out between uses. Available from Fusion , Hirafu and Hanazono. Call 0136 21 6633. RRP: ¥20,000 (US$230).