When I first caved and bought a pair of winter boots that weren’t hand-me-downs from my brother, I considered one thing and one thing only: “Will these go with my outfits?” And, to my surprise, I didn’t have that hard of a time finding a pair that did.
When you think of winter boots, you conjure up thoughts of duck boots and rubber soles, and while those are all fine and dandy, sometimes, you need something a little fancier. Don’t think I’m advising form over function, because I am always the first person to complain that I can’t feel my toes. But if there’s a way to look chic during the winter with all those layers, you can find a way to make your shoes do the same. Winter boots don’t have to just be all about keeping your feet warm. They can make a fashion statement too.
Here are 8 pairs of boots that will keep your tooties from falling off and won’t get you landed on the worst-dressed list.
Women’s SOREL Winter Fancy™ Tall II (Online Shoes, $190)
Sorel is a classic snow boot brand, and they’re kind of killing it with the more fashionable style. These have the go-to rubber toe and sole but the mid-calf style, buckle and zipper make them seem a little more purposeful in the fashion department.
Keen Elsa Boot WP (Zappos, $130)
The geometric pattern is here to stay, and these Keen boots are all about it. I’m always a fan of taking something that is obviously doing something right (like the classic rubber treaded sole duck boot) and making it into something modern and fun to look at.
Aquatherm by Santana Canada Women’s Blair 3 Winter Boot (Target, $100)
If you told me these were snow boots without looking at the website, I would have had no idea. Not only are the waterproof and have treads, they’re rated for temps as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bearpaw Women’s Serena Winter Boot (Famous Footwear, $80)
Mountain boots were big throughout fall and into winter, and a snow boot is a great way to continue that trend without sacrificing the risk of frost bite.
Bar Harbor All-Weather Boots (L.L. Bean, $199)
L.L. Bean is another classic winter boot name and while their iconic Bean Boots are usually sold out before it even drops below 50 degrees, they’re other styles usually can be found.
The North Face ThermoBall™ Utility (Zappos, $140)
This was my curveball pair. It’s bright. It’s bold. It’s not black or brown. The style does ome in other colors, but if you pair this with dark colors, you’ve got an awesome look going.
Prophet Women’s Madison Leather Mid Winter Boot (Famous Footwear, $115)
I’m a sucker for moto boots, and these are both waterproof and fur-lined. A win-win in my opinion.
Fur Lined Winter Boots (Lane Bryant, $40)
Another fur-lined options, but with a little more pizazz. I can see these with dark skinny jeans tucked into them and a chunky sweater. Bam, perfect snowy day outfit.