There are no cute low-heeled non-ugg-like winter boots in L.A. At least that I could find. But I found these online:
I ordered them in two sizes. I hoped they would arrive in time. I hoped they would fit. They did. It was like a miracle...a sign? And even if it wasn't, if I was making a bad decision, if the whole trip was miserable, at least I would have cute boots.