10 Winter Boots So Good, You’ll Want to Wear Them Before the First Snow
There’s nothing like big, clunky snow boots to ruin a thoughtfully put-together outfit. So here are ten chic alternatives that could pass as stylish footwear any day (blizzards and slush be damned).
1. TOMS Women’s Mesa Waterproof Booties
See, we don’t always want to look like we’re wearing snow boots when we actually are. And this mixed-media pair from Toms is the type of boot we’d rock no matter the forecast. The waterproofing and cozy fleece lining are just a bonus.
2. Blundstone Women’s Thermal Chelsea Boots
Rugged in all the right ways, these pull-on Chelsea boots look just like your not-safe-for-snow pair, but with a thermal lining. Your feet will stay nice and toasty without compromising your well-planned outfit.
3. Circus by Sam Edelman Gunner Boots
From a snowy hike to cozying up fireside, these sneakerlike boots are the only things you need to pack for a weekend escape. Water-repellant materials keep you nice and dry, while the cushioned insole ensures you’re comfy, no matter what’s on the agenda.
4. SOREL Explorer 1964
Winter and buffalo plaid go hand in hand. Seriously, it wouldn’t be hibernation season without it. These snow boots allow us to add the pattern to every outfit without going full-on lumberjack. Although, we wouldn’t be opposed.
5. Chloé Betty Rain Boot
OK, we know these are technically rain boots, but with an extra-chunky lugged sole, a side zip and waterproof PVC material, we couldn’t resist. PureWow fashion editor Dena Silver suggests sizing up so you can fit cozy socks inside. And voilà! The chicest snow boots we’ve ever seen.
6. Cole Haan GrandExplore Genuine Shearling Trim Waterproof Hiker Boot
The great debate every morning: Wear sneakers or boots? This pair is a hybrid of both, so you never have to choose. Lucky you.
7. Sperry Maritime Faux-Fur Snow Boot
If you’re the type of person who enjoys (and insists on) wearing all black everything, these monochromatic snow boots will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe. The faux-fur trim and Thinsulate lining don’t hurt either.
8. Bernardo Wiley Waterproof Rain Boot
Yes, these boots are technically made for rain, but the fuzzy faux-shearling lining and grippy sole ensure that they’ll hold up just as well in the snow. Plus, with a sleek combat-boot silhouette, we won’t even be changing out of them when we get to the office.
9. Sorel Explorer Carnival Boot
Another sneaker-esque pair of boots that aren’t impossible to walk in (we’re sensing a theme here). Sorel is one of our go-to cold weather brands, so we can attest to just how warm these are. One PureWow editor swears by this exact style thanks to the lightweight construction that doesn’t make trudging through the snow even more of a burden.
10. Moncler Inaya Hiker Boots
The king of après-ski, Moncler knows a thing or two about winter-chic style—and these fashion-forward boots are no exception. They’re made with a waterproof combo of nylon and rubber and a toasty puffer jacket–like lining that traps warmth where you need it most. Looks like we’ll be leaving the foot warmers at home this year.