Winter is coming (well, actually, it's here) which means it's well past time to trade in your flimsy flats and strappy sandals for some boots that will keep you warm during the colder months ahead. But that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your style.
From walking in a winter wonderland to date night, we've gathered the boots that will cover you for any occasion.
While we love heels as much as the next fashionista, we shudder at the thought of wobbling in uncomfortable (and potentially hazardous) stilettos, which is why we're so fond of these kicks from Stuart Weitzman, sold at Nordstrom. They hit right above the knee, giving them the same sex appeal as five-inch heels — minus the blisters. For a look that will really impress, wear them with a miniskirt or barely-there romper. Best of all, they boast an incredibly small block heel, so you can comfortably dance the night away.
You can never go wrong with riding boots. A footwear staple, they're indisputably stylish yet surprisingly versatile. Take these ones from Madewell, for example. Free of any superfluous hardware, they're perfect for casual Fridays at the office, family outings, and low-key dates with your special someone. This style looks good with just about anything, but if you want to keep it simple, wear them with skinny jeans and a chunky sweater.
Anyone looking to take their wardrobe to the next level should pick up some Chelsea boots sooner rather than later. Whether you wear them with boyfriend jeans and a turtleneck or a minidress and tights, the style exudes an effortless je ne sais quoi that has "cool girl" written all over it. Admittedly, stark white booties don't seem like the most practical choice, but they're bound to hit the refresh button on your traditionally dreary winter garb. Need we remind you fashion's all about pushing boundaries, so why not take the plunge by snagging Dolce Vita's pair
Take your outfit to new heights (literally) with Vanessa Wu's heeled booties from Anthropologie. The 3.75-inch heel will elongate your legs — especially when you're wearing tea-length dresses or cropped trousers — but won't elicit any mid-day laments about achy arches. These kicks are available in navy, but the gilded hue is perfect for your string of new year soirees.
Make no mistake: Shopping for snow shoes is a very serious endeavor. You want to find a reliable style that can battle all the elements, keep your feet warm, and prevent any spontaneous slips on black ice. Feast your eyes on this cool pair from Sorel, available at Free People. They're designed with snow days in mind, and, thanks to the cool olive hue and faux-fur trim, you'll look inexplicably stylish, even in the midst of a treacherous blizzard.
Nobody ever got on a best-dressed list by playing it safe, so it's about time you threw sensibility out the window and started to have fun with your winter wares. With the unexpected jacquard upper and comfortable three-inch heel, you're bound to get a lot of compliments with these tapestry booties from Urban Outfitters. Let your shoes do the talking and style them with cropped jeans and a shearling-lined coat.