36 Best Winter Boots for Stomping Around Like a Baddie

We’re planning to spend much of this winter buried under the covers, but when we do venture out, you’ll find us wearing the best winter boots. (The only thing worse than leaving the coziness of home for a grocery run in the bitter cold is doing so in white sneakers—and then stepping into a gray slush puddle.)

If we’ve learned anything from transitional dressing, it’s to expect the unexpected, and that includes unpredictable weather—so excuse us while we stock up on ready-for-anything footwear, from classic duck boots to others with cozy fleece lining. Ahead, shop 36 of the best winter boots for women.

Best All-Day Winter Boots

Navigating winter streets, sidewalks, and parking lots requires footwear that can handle the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly. The best cold-weather boots for all-day wear are weather-appropriate—and still look chic when you head indoors.

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Everlane The Square-Toe Chelsea Boots

Sam Edelman Lydell Mixed Media Combat Boot

Sam Edelman Lydell Mixed Media Combat Boots

Sorel Boots

Sorel Joan of Arctic Next Lite Boots

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Jeffrey Campbell Culvert Sherpa Combat Boots

Best Winter Boots for Snow

Running errands around town with wet feet and soaked insoles is anything but fun. If you live in a region that will get snow (and, hey, even if you don’t), the best winter boots for you should be weather-resistant and able to handle deep snow. That often means boots with a durable rubber outsole, removable liner (ideal for quick drying), and, in some cases, a waterproof leather upper. Pro tip: Go a half size up to accommodate chonky socks.

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Sorel Joan of Arctic Boots

L.L. Bean Insulated Commuter Boots

L.L.Bean Insulated PrimaLoft Commuting Boots

Columbia Women's Ice Maiden II Snow Boot

Columbia Women’s Ice Maiden II Snow Boots

Hunter Original Insulated Snow Boot Short

Hunter Original Insulated Short Snow Boots

Best Affordable Winter Boots

Dependable winter boots that don’t cost a fortune? Yes, please. (Even if you plan to avoid going farther than your mailbox this winter, you should have weather-appropriate footwear on hand—just in case.)

ASOS DESIGN chunky sole padded calf boot in black nylon

Black boots

ASOS Design Square-Toe Front-Zip Boots

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Lands’ End All-Weather Insulated Cuffed Winter Snow Boots

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Harence Fur-Lined Booties

Warmest Winter Boots

Waterproof fabrics—think ripstop, nylon, neoprene, full-grain leather, and rubber soles—and innovative insulation make these super-cozy boots star players in the battle against winter weather. The only drawback? While they’re guaranteed to keep your toes warm, they tend to be less breathable.

Taupe The North Face Thermoball Boots

The North Face Thermoball Ankle Boots

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Cougar Verity Waterproof Boots

Moon Boot Classic Low 2 snow boots

Moon Boot Classic Low 2 Snow Boots

UGG Classic Mini II Genuine Shearling Lined Boot

UGG Classic Mini II Genuine Shearling-Lined Boots

Best Faux-Fur-Lined Winter Boots

Sheepskin or plush faux-fur lining effortlessly elevates utilitarian footwear—in addition to keeping your legs toasty and offering extra cushioning. Pair with your favorite jeans, a teddy coat, and beanie for an unbeatable cozy look. 

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Sorel Harlow Lace Cozy Booties

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Vanetta Faux-Fur-Trim Waterproof Boots

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Tega Water-Resistant Faux-Fur Booties

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Bearing Plushwave Faux-Fur Winter Boots

Best Knee-High Winter Boots

For the ultimate in effortless winter style: Pair an oversized sweater with black leggings, then add polish with knee-high tall boots and luxuriously thick socks. Though these leather boots might not make it through a blizzard, they’ll do the trick once the snow is off the sidewalks.

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Stuart Weitzman 5050 Lift Over-the-Knee Boots

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NNG Winter Over-Knee Long Boots

Zara Flat Knee-High Boots

Zara Flat Knee-High Boots

Vegabond Shoemakers Cosmo 2.0 Knee High Boot

Vegabond Shoemakers Cosmo 2.0 Knee-High Boots

Best Ankle-High, Lace-Up Winter Boots

It’s possible to combine style and warm, dry feet: Forgo clunky, calf-high winter boots in favor of a pair of winter boots that top out around your ankles. Accessorize a casual outfit with cozy lace-ups, or add texture with a shearling-lined style.

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See by Chloe Shearling-and-Leather-Trimmed Suede Ankle Boots

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Moncler Helis Logo-Print Leather-Trimmed Suede Ankle Boots

Tory Burch Miller Genuine Shearling Trim Boot

Tory Burch Miller Genuine Shearling Trim Boots

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Jimmy Choo Eshe Shearling-Lined Suede Ankle Boots

Best Pull-On and Side-Zip Booties

Want to dress things up? Slip on a pair of booties featuring high-quality leather and stylish details. Whether they’re leather or mock croc, flat-soled or block-heeled, the right pair of booties can instantly amp up any winter outfit you put together.

Loeffler Randall Tara Platform Rubber Chelsea Boots

Loeffler Randall Tara Platform Rubber Chelsea Boots

Anthropology Knit Chelsea Boots

Anthropologie Knit Chelsea Boots

Vagabond Shoemakers Hedda Boot

Vagabond Shoemakers Hedda Boots

& Other Stories Chunky Sole Leather Chelsea Boots

& Other Stories Chunky-Sole Leather Chelsea Boots

Best Winter Boots for Hiking

Lug sole boots are on trend this season, even if your most adventurous hike will be a takeout run. If you’re planning to get lost in actual nature, look for rain boots with great traction and a waterproof membrane—ideal for keeping slush from soaking your socks. These insulated boots tend to be more breathable and work well paired with weighty wool socks. Any one of these winter hiking boots will keep you steady, whether you’re on slippery terrain or just shoveling your walkway.

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Aquatalia Darya Water-Resistant Hiker Boots With Neoprene Lining

Timberland Kinsley Six-Inch Waterproof Boots

LowaRenegade GTX Mid Boot

Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Boots

Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots

Merrell Ontario Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots

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