Pia Velasco
January 22, 2020 11:03 am
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Now that winter is here, the inevitability of snow and slush is becoming a hard truth. Sure, winter wonderlands are part of what makes the season so magical, but keeping your toes warm is part of that fairytale too. For that, it’s important to have at least one pair of apocalypse-proof winter boots that will stand the test of cold-weather wrath and keep your feet dry during these frigid months.

For days with heavy snow, rain, or slush, swap out your favorite everyday boots for ones that are weatherproof. Look for pairs that have chunky rubber soles to get better traction and prevent slipping, waterproof materials that will wick away snow and rain, insulation to keep your feet warm, and—for booties—laces that allow you to adjust fit to prevent snow from finding its way to your socks and toes.

Below, find a list of some of our favorite styles that we’ll be breaking out the minute it starts to snow.

Best winter boots:

1Timberland Courmayeur Valley Boot

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If you’re looking for practical winter boots that will help keep your fashion game strong, look no further. The slim silhouette of these booties is chic, the laces give a badass vibe, and the fur-trim adds a little extra touch. The material is waterproof, and the rubber soles will grip the ground to minimize slipping, so really this purchase is a no-brainer if you’re looking for a cool winter boot.

2Dr. Martens Leonore Sherpa Chelsea Boots

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Dr. Martens are without a doubt the cool-kid footwear brand, and if you live in a snowy region, here’s yet another reason to stock up on its boots. These Chelsea boots are lined with faux fur for added warmth, which we all desperately need in the winter months, and their convenient slip-on silhouette will make them the easiest option for when you’re running out the door.

3J.Crew Nordic Crepe Sole Boot

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If you love the cozy vibe that faux fur brings to an outfit, look no further—these adorable booties will keep your toes snug and your outfit fly. For optimal warmth, pair these with some fleece-lined pants and a great puffer coat.

4Bos. & Co. Angus Waterproof Wool Lined Hiking Boot

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Wool? Check. Waterproof material? Check. Super cute style? Check, check, and check. These beauties come in this elegant cream combo as well as black and rusty red. Snag one, or all three, to help you beat the winter chill.

5Columbia Ice Maiden II Insulated Snow Boot

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Water-proof, insulated, warm, and with a rubber sole made for traction in slippery weather. This is one of the best winter boots on the market and will last you many winters.

6Hunter Original Tall Matte Boots

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If you need a pair of tall boots for pushing through slush, the tried-and-true Hunter rain boots will be your go-to for the season. Whether you’re making your way through tall piles of snow or simply avoiding large puddles, this pair will protect your feet from getting wet and will, therefore, help keep them warm. Also, black goes with everything, so you never even have to think twice about whether or not your shoes will match your outfit.

7Kodiak Surrey II Boots

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These boots aren’t made for walking in the snow but rather for walking around town once the slush has begun to melt away. They’re made of waterproof leather to help wick away any remaining moisture, and the gray wool collar will help keep your feet a little warmer. Also, we love that they come with red laces that contrast for a colorful pop.

8The North Face Shellista III Waterproof Insulated Winter Boot

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Lace-up—it’s time to rock ‘n’ roll! Okay, not really, but you will feel prepared to tackle snowy days with these winter boots. The bottom part is made of rubber to protect feet from moisture and help with grip, and the laces on top will help you adjust the fit of the boot so that no wind or snow sneaks into your shoe.