Finding boots that keep you upright on the snow and ice and are somewhat fashion-forward and versatile can be a challenge during the winter season. So often, it seems like the boots that work well don't work well with your sense of style.
No longer, though. We found eight pairs of boots that look just as great as they function—even when every step is into a pile of slush.
For a light snowfall
The OluKai Hawai’iloa Manu Hope boots won't take you through mountainous snow drifts, but their weatherproof leather exterior and wool-lined interior will keep the remnants of the latest melt out while holding heat in. Plus, with a slim and sleek look, you'll want to wear them with everything even when the weather outside isn't frightful. Men: Try the Ua Kea Waterproof.
For super traction
At this point, Bogs is nearly synonymous with dry feet, and the Bogs Arcata Knit lives up to the notion. The faux fur lining adds a cozy touch to the sturdy slip-resistant boot, which is comfort rated to -58 degrees (you read that right!) With its 9-inch-tall top, this boot will get you through a snowbank, should you need to venture there. Men: Try the Freedom Lace Tall.
For a twist on the classic
The folks at L.L. Bean know a thing or two about winter. Their traditional Bean Boot has become a staple in the closet of fashionistas everywhere, and the company is constantly reinventing the look to keep it on-trend. The Small Batch Chelsea 7” is one of these on-trend Bean Boot reinventions, and although it might look like your standard black city bootie, it has all the water-resistance you’d expect of a rubber boot. The leather is so soft and cozy you'll never want to take them off. Men: Try the Shearling Lined Limited Edition Bean Boot.
For ultimate versatility
If you need a boot to take you from work to play and all the things in between, go for the blended functionality and style of the Merrell Haven Tall Buckle Waterproof boot. Don’t let the casual look fool you: These boots will keep your toes warm and dry all day, and the outsoles stand up to slick sidewalks. Men: Try the Merrell Moab Adventure Chelsea Waterproof.
For the showstopper
Looking to get your shine on? Sorel teamed up with Disney for the release of Frozen 2 to debut a Disney x Sorel Out 'N About Frozen 2 Boot that's somehow both stunning and functional. This glamorous version of Sorel’s iconic Out ‘N About Boot has all the anti-ice powers of its original, so you're not sacrificing function for style. Bonus: You can twin with the young Frozen-lover in your life with the youth version of the boot. Sorel also made a taller version, should you want a different look. Men: Try Sorel’s Caribou Wool for some Kristoff vibes.
For the winter athlete
Sneaker-heads, rejoice! The Adidas Terrex Choleah Padded CP boot resembles your go-to kicks but packs the warmth and waterproofing needed for winter’s unpredictable conditions. Comfort and grip make these a sound choice for a day of outdoor activities.
For the all-season trailblazer
Teaming up with Sherpa, Keen has designed a boot you can feel good about. With each purchase of the Keen Innate Leather Weatherproof LTD Hiking Boots, $15 is donated to child literacy in Nepal. The boots are surprisingly lightweight, which is ideal for winter walking. Your feet will be so cozy and dry you might forget you’re wearing boots. Men: Try the Men's Innate LTD Leather Weatherproof Hiking Boots.
For the quick pull-on
The downside of lots of boots? You kind of work up a sweat just putting them on. There's lots of tugging and pulling and bending and lacing and probably grunting. No so with the Merrell Haven Bluff Polar Waterproof boot. It pulls on in one fell swoop and keeps all the elements out with weatherproof leather. A peep of faux fur at the top adds to the stylish look of this wear-anywhere boot.