8 Outdated Winter Boot Trends We're Ditching—and What We're Buying Instead

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As style people (hey there), we’ve experimented with a slew of winter shoe trends over the years to find those ideal silhouettes that are equal parts fashion and function. Sure, we have many of these perfectly acceptable styles at the ready in our closets, but the change in seasons comes hand in hand with our desire for a wardrobe refresh—starting with a winter-boot upgrade.

So with that in mind, we thought we’d share the winter boot trends we’re considering storing away due to their somewhat outdated nature. Alternatively, we’re also sharing the styles we’re excited to test out this season instead. From gorgeous knee-highs to lace-up stompers, keep scrolling to uncover the boots we’re considering in and out to inspire your next winter shopping haul.

Ditching: Duck boots
Buying: Thick-sole styles

“A few years back, I was into the idea of super-clunky, rubber-all-over, lace-up duck boots for winter. Now those feel like too much for me, and instead, I have my eyes on more streamlined pairs with thick rubber soles but sleek uppers.”

Steve Madden Gale Chelsea Boot ($90)

Loewe Chelsea Chunky Heel Boots ($650)

Ash Lloyd Boots ($260)

Ditching: Hiking boots
Buying: Combat boots

“Hiking boots had a moment there last winter, and while I can’t deny how practical they are, I can’t say I’ll be lacing up my own pair with a fashiony outfit anytime soon (wearing them for actual outdoor adventures is a different story, though). Instead, I’m fixated on combat boots and plan to wear my Dr. Martens a ton in the coming months. They’re chic and equally as practical—what’s not to love?”

Dr. Martens Jadon 8 Eye Boots ($180)

Topshop Ava Platform Combat Boot ($180)

Sam Edelman Lydell Mixed Media Combat Boot ($150)

Ditching: Stiletto booties
Buying: Slouchy knee-highs

“Right now, I’m abandoning boots with super-high stilettos. Instead, I’m wearing styles with lower heels like this slouchy knee-high version.”

Villa Rouge Scarlett Knee High Boots ($225)

Mango Leather Boots With Tall Leg ($250)

Schutz Analeah Boots ($238)

Ditching: Basic lace-ups
Buying: Statement lug-soles

“While I’m all for basic black ankle boots, I’m considering storing the somewhat boring smooth lace-up boots I’ve worn the last few winters. It’s all about eye-catching, lug-sole boots in unexpected colors with unique details like shearling to make a practical statement this season.”

Last Rocky Boots ($259)

Loeffler Randall Toni Lug Sole Platform Boots ($450)

Sorel Lennox Waterproof Hiker Boot ($220)

Ditching: Sock boots
Buying: Structured knee-highs

“I got some good wear out of my skintight sock boots last year, but I’ll be putting them aside this winter in favor of more structured leather knee-high boots to wear with my midi skirts, skinny jeans, and long shorts this winter.”

Wandler Isa Long Boots ($860)

Villa Rouge Flor Knee High Boots ($295)

& Other Stories Square Toe Knee High Leather Boots ($279)

Ditching: Rounded-toe ankle boots
Buying: Square-toe boots

“Simple block-heel ankle boots with a rounded toe are certainly versatile, but this winter I’m shopping for boots with interesting details like square toes, sculptural heels, or interesting textures (e.g., snakeskin and croc embossing).”

Brother Vellies Lauryn Stamped Snake Boots ($795)

Staud Eva Boots ($395)

Jeffrey Campbell Troye Square Toe Bootie ($113)

Ditching: Chelsea boots
Buying: Platform boots

“This season, I’m ditching classic chelsea boots for something a bit more daring—platforms. I’m planning on wearing them with everything from dresses to tailored trousers.”

Stella McCartney Platform Stretch Boots ($725)

Jeffrey Campbell Dauphin Over the Knee Boot ($215)

Mango Platform Boots With Tall Leg ($130)

Ditching: Sock boots
Buying: Kitten-heel boots

“Sock boots had their moment in the sun, but I agree with Judith that their time is over. Right now, I'm into kitten-heel boots, and the J.Crew versions below surprised me in the best way.”

Isabel Marant Derst Boots ($595)

Jewel Badgley Mischka Pointed Toe Bootie ($76)

By Far Lange Square Toe Kitten Heel Leather Bootie ($578)

Next, check out the best basic black ankle-boot outfits to test out this winter.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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