11 Hot Winter Boots Combining Form and Function
With most of the country having experienced its first cold snap of the season and many regions seeing snow, it is definitely time to start thinking about boots to wear this winter. Rather than trying to schlepp around in high heels that send you teetering and tottering over sheets of ice and banks of snow, be practical and fashionable this winter in boots that combine the best of both worlds. To get you thinking of how to stay warm and fully accessorized this winter, here are 11 boots to consider.
1. UGG Blayre
Lined with sheepskin, the Blayre boot by Ugg will keep your toes toasty this winter. The water-resistant upper portion of the boot will prevent snow and slush from soaking your legs and ankles. For people concerned about suede in the winter, treating the boots with suede protector will keep the material in tip-top condition.
The boots cost $200 and are available in half sizes. A side zipper makes them easier to take on and off than the traditional Ugg boot, which slips on. The company says the boot runs true to size, and it is not available in wide widths.
The North Face knows fleece, and with its Bryn Flat Boots, the company brings that expertise to footwear. The straps at the ankle and calf can be adjusted, allowing for a snugger fit to keep the cold at bay this year. The traction on the rubber sole will keep you from slipping and sliding in the snow and slush.
Originally priced at $185, the boots are now for sale online for about $120. A zipper adds more functionality to these leather, lined boots. The simple black design makes them a great choice for work or grabbing dinner with friends.
At $245, the Michael Kors Aaran boots are not the snow shoes of your youth. If you have been looking for an upgrade to your casual winter boots, these are the answer. The faux-fur lining adds a look of luxury, and the quilted nylon shaft is a nod to the traditional snow boots you donned as a kid to go sledding.
Rubber soles and adjustable buckles make the Aaran a practical choice. With these boots, you’ll look chic this winter, whether you’re running around town or hitting the slopes with friends.
For those in milder winter climates, December through February is the perfect time to pick practicality with a riding boot. If the temperatures won’t descend into icy territory, there is no need to overheat feet with fur and lining. Instead, a simple flat or low-heeled boot can provide coverage from the elements.
Riding boots have been style successes for a few seasons now, and this year is no different. At $160, this pair by Antonio Melani won’t break the bank — especially considering all the wear you’ll get out of them. The design is simple, with a logo and three-quarter inner-side zipper as the only adornments. They are made of leather, and reviewers say they fit true to size.
Love the idea of a riding boot but don’t want to be restricted to black or brown, a choice which can alienate parts of your wardrobe? Riding boots have recently incorporated black and brown into one shoe, forever solving the pesky problem of brown shoes and black coats or accessories.
The Carmine riding boot by Bandolino does just that, accentuated by buckles and a full zipper. Reviewers loved the low heel height, which made them a perfect pick for long work days. Freeing your feet of high heels in the winter will keep your them pain free and reduce the likelihood of sliding around on ice. For people who prefer to keep their blacks and browns separated, the boots come in three other colors, including a contrast with shades of brown, all for $150.
Another option for warmer winters or early spring are these short boots by Frye. According to the company, “Natural hide variations and markings contribute to the custom look of each boot. No two are alike.” Keep your individuality going with these all-leather boots that aren’t as thick or clunky as a traditional combat boot.
They will set you back nearly $300, but their versatility can make them a fashion staple. They can perfectly polish off a casual look and are available in three colors, so you can find which hue suits your wardrobe best.
But maybe you need something that really brings the heat this winter. In that case, try the Tofino boot by Sorel on for size. Water proofing, a waxed canvass, a leather shell, and leather overlays combine on this boot to bring the maximum amount of warmth to wearers for $150 dollars.
Some caution that the traction is not the best on the boots, while others did not find this to be an issue at all. Reviewers overall could not be happier with how warm and dry their feet stayed while wearing them. Bear in mind that if you want to wear thick socks with the boots, you may need to order up half a size.
If you’re seeking a little more color in your winter boot choices, the Sperry for J. Crew boots have you covered. Leather, waterproof, and lined, there’s a lot to love about this boot collaboration. According to J. Crew, “Sperry Top-Sider has been an American favorite since 1935 when Paul Sperry, inspired by his dog Prince’s ability to run nimbly over ice and snow, used a pen knife to cut into the outsole of a rubber sneaker.”
In 2013, you can keep Prince’s agility alive in inclement weather with a pop of color that stands out during drab winter days for $150. They are not available in half sizes, and the company recommends ordering up to accommodate fit needs.
Expanding on the themes of color and historic fashion brands, boots don’t get much brighter or iconic than Burberry rain boots. Big-name brands come at a price, and not everyone will be willing to shell out $275 for rain boots — but if you do, you’ll definitely be a style-setter as you trek across town this winter.
The boots have a fabric lining in addition to the fabric upper region. The remaining portions are rubber, including the sole. The boots slip on and off and come in half sizes.
Your lifestyle may demand more neutral winter rain boots, which is where Michael Kors can help. A simple black boot that could easily be worn to work is another way Michael Kors has elevated a boot that can sometimes appear a little too playful. At $125, they cut the price of the Burberry boots by more than half and add extra height.
The color on the upper portion is a slight contrast to the rest of the boot, and they are adorned with the MK symbol near the base. The boots have a leather insole and outsole, and are only sold at full sizes.
In another collaboration, this one brings together Hunter Boots with Rag & Bone to create a rain boot many will covet for cold-weather wear and rainy days. Hunter says that when designing the boot, the company sought to take its craftsmanship and pair it with the fashion insight at Rag & Bone.
As a result, you can take your pick of army green, black, or burgundy in boots that will keep you ahead of the fashion curve. Purchasing this pair of wellies will cost $295, a fairly substantial jump for regular tall Hunter rain boots, which generally run about $150. The company advises to order down if you are a half size because the boots run large.