Update: This post was originally published on November 11, 2016.
There are two very
different types of cold weather. The first is the type where, yes, you have to dress smartly, but you can still get away with showing a bare ankle or be comfortable in a V-neck sweater, sans scarf. Those are those brisk-but-sunny days when you can embrace the chill and still look cute in the process. But later in the winter, we experience a type of cold that doesn't fuck around. Every inch of skin needs to be covered to protect from subzero windchill and it doesn't even matter what you're wearing under your puffer, because no one is going to see it.
And while those are the moments you'll need to pull out the big guns, it doesn't mean you have to dread getting dressed. One of the most practical places to start is with your winter boots. Sure, they need to be warm and versatile, but they can look still good, too. That's why we've rounded up 31 options that check
both boxes. Ahead, find a ton of protective footwear that protects your street cred, too.
Your favorite year-round sneakers, now winter-proofed.
Vans Scotchgard Sk8-Hi Del Pato MTE, $95, available at Vans. More
Nothing like a pop of pink to brighten an otherwise dreary day.
Acne Studios Telde Bubble Pink, $650, available at Acne Studios. More
With faux-fur lining and a durable outsole, these boots will make the trek from your apartment to the subway much less miserable.
Clarks Glick Clarmont, $180, available at Clarks. More
For those days when you just refuse to let the weather kill your vibe.
Fenty x Puma Sneaker Boot, $325, available at Puma. More Adidas Climawarm Padded Boots, $140 $70, available at Adidas. More
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have to get in touch with nature to step it up in a pair of hiker boots. Frye Samantha Hiker, $398, available at Frye. More Read More
With their embroidered design, these suede boots look too pretty to wear in the snow. (And TBH, you probably shouldn't.)
Ash Muse Boot, $260, available at Ash. More
Lady Gaga of all-weather boots. Camper Wilma Extreme, $260, available at Camper. More
How to walk on clouds IRL.
Mango Contrasting Leather Ankle Boots, $129.99, available at Mango. More
Hiking made cuter by Cole Haan.
Cole Haan Zerogrand Waterproof Hiker Boot, $250, available at Cole Haan. More
A "winterized" take on a classic style.
Dr. Martens Fur Lined Leonore Wyoming, $140, available at Dr. Martens. More
Made for walking (in snow).
Merrell Women’s Fluorecein Shell Waterproof Winter Boots, $139.99, available at Dicks Sporting Goods. More Sorel Tivoli High II Waterproof Suede And Leather Boots, $150, available at Net-A-Porter. More
Ganni Mira Shine Boots, $381.86, available at Ganni. More
Ski-lodge aesthetic on point.
Nicholas Kirkwood Kira Shearling-Trimmed Textured Boots, $1,295, available at Net-A-Porter. More
These might just give you superpowers.
Nike Roshe Two High, $120, available at Nike. More
Moon Boot WE Low Dance Boots, $163.66, available at Moon Boots. More
Pair with riding pants and a blazer.
Nine West Orynne Cold-weather Boots, $149, available at Macys. More
"Most likely to be mistaken for a regular Chelsea boot."
Loeffler Randall Hartley All Weather Boot, $295, available at Loeffler Randall. More
The future looks chic as hell (even if it includes the occasional snowstorm).
New Balance Fresh Foam 2000 Boot, $119.99, available at New Balance. More
these are for when the temperature dips below zero. Steve Madden Bsaasha Waterproof, $165, available at Steve Madden. More
One word: badass.
Opening Ceremony Urssa Ring Boots, $495, available at Opening Ceremony. More
How good would these look (and feel) around a campfire?
Topshop Inuikii Classic Ankle Boots, $435, available at Topshop. More
For the girl who only wears black booties. (You know who you are.)
H&M Boots, $59.99, available at H&M. More
For these, use the always-justifiable excuse, "It's for a good cause."
Toms Summit Waterproof Hiking Booties, $149, available at Bloomingdales. More
Coziness of a slipper, functionality of a snow boot.
Sorel Cozy Carnival Lace Up Ankle Boots, $115, available at ASOS. More
For sunny days (and to make those that aren't feel sunny, too).
Cold Front Women’s Sleighbell Winter Boot, $48, available at Walmart. More
Who doesn't love a good lace-up variation?
Zara Split Suede Lace-up Boots, $159, available at Zara. More
It doesn't get cozier than this.
See By Chloe Eileen Suede Ankle Boots, $377 $266, available at MatchesFashion.com. More
Take a style cue from
Kendall Jenner. UGG Naiyah Genuine Shearling Lace Back Bootie, $169.95, available at Nordstrom. More
Give yourself some height while maintaining traction.
Jeffrey Campbell Sequoia-sh, $200, available at Jeffrey Campbell. More
Waterproof shoes that are cute to
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