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Men's Winter Footwear/Outerwear

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10/23/2013 13:45 EST

My wife and I will be arriving in Astana, Kazakhstan for the first time on December 1 and would like to do so prepared for the winter climate while respecting local dress norms.

Can someone give me winter footwear recommendations for business and casual dress? Do people change from outdoor boots to more formal footwear upon arrival at the office or wear shoes/boots suitable for both indoor and outdoor?

What do men wear over business suits in the winter? Is a hooded overcoat recommended or will some type of separate winter hat suffice?

Any other suggestions?

10/23/2013 17:17 EST

Hi! Welcome to Kazakhstan!
It is very wise of you to get prepared to the winter. Cause it is very freezing!
As I'm a wife of my business man I can tell how usually he goes outside when going to office. In December it is always very windy. So, yes you will need hooded overcoat and really thick! Wind and water protected, please!
Boots must be very protected! My husband wears Timberland's boots, they are very warm and protected. But of course they are mostly for casual wear. Regarding office wear, usually it's leather boots with fleece. And he has normal shoes to change in the office. I don't know if it is a habit in every office. Thermo underwear will be perfect too:)
Head have to be covered. If you'd like you can buy a fur hat in stores of Astana. There are pretty good variety of them.
This is what I know and would recommend for sure!

Good luck with preparations!

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