The Best Winter Boots That Are Both Stylish and Functional

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Imagining winter fashion without a sturdy pair of boots is like thinking about teens without TikTok: impossible. Even though the contents of nearly everyone's wardrobe has become more sweatshirts and sweatpants than anything else, there's no doubt that a pair of the best winter boots will do a closet good. And if you're looking for the perfect style to add to your collection of winter shoes, you've come to the right place.

Shopping for the essential winter boot style is a task that's often easier said than done. After all, you're not only preparing for the cold weather, but you're also dealing with the season's elements (snow, rain, ice, and anything else that comes with the winter months). Luckily, the best winter boots can handle it all, and then some.

ET understands that a cold-weather wardrobe simply isn't complete without the best winter boots, so we searched high and low for the styles worth adding to the footwear mix. From ultra-warm UGGs with faux fur lining and cool, edgy lug-sole Chelsea boot styles to unpredictable options that are just as chic and cozy, we gathered our favorite warm winter boots for you to peruse, starting now.

Ahead, shop the best winter boot styles to start wearing this season. Trust us, these boots are so cozy, you might even be tempted to skip the thick socks.

The Snow Boot

From pillowy soft boots that bring the puffer trend to your feet to new, updated takes on the classic snow boot, these might be the next type of boots to take the fashion world by storm.

For deep snow with the best protection from snow, we highly recommend Sorel's Joan of Arctic Boot.

When in doubt, you can count on the outdoors brand The North Face to create a snow boot ready for anything.

The Caribou Boot from Sorel is the winter proof boot that will give you the warmth you're seeking. It has a rubber sole and waterproof, seam-sealed construction to make stepping a slushy puddle NBD. They might just be the best winter snow boots you'll ever own.

What's not to love about an Ugg snow boot? It's waterproof with a rugged appeal and a rubber sole with excellent traction. For extra comfort, not only does it have a faux fur lining, but it also has plush UGGpure™, a textile made entirely from wool but designed to feel and wear like genuine shearling.

Let's be honest: There are few winter boot styles out there quite as iconic as Moon Boot. Why not wear the iconic style this winter?

The Fur Lined Boot

What is winter without a warm boot with faux fur lining? Whether you get yourself a dependable pair of UGG boots (they're great at any height) or opt for a style from another brand like Sorel boots, you'll never want to take these off.

You can never go wrong with a classic UGG boot -- especially when you're working with ultra-cold temperatures.

The Totes Rikki Snow Boot is the ultimate weather-proof snow boot with waterproof nylon upper, faux fur trim and lining, and Thermolite insole. 

Good for snow, rain or whatever inclement weather you're facing, the classic Bean Boot will prevent cold feet. L.L. Bean has been making these for more than 100 years, so you know they have to be good. 

Another great option featuring a rubber sole are these fur-lined boots from Sorel, which will look great with any of your casual winter outfits for the season.

The Lug Sole Boot

Looking for a winter boot style that'll get the most wear? You won't go wrong with a leather lug-sole boot. Whether you opt for a slip-on Chelsea boot style with a rubber outsole or prefer the lace-up classic Dr. Martens style combat boot, this versatile style will be one to wear through winter and beyond.

Those looking for a classic combat boot style will love this updated option from Dr. Martens at Nordstrom, which features a solid platform sole.

Winter footwear and fashion don't usually align, but these Chelsea boots from Sorel defy all fashion logic. The insulated boots have lugs that take an arctic grip on snowy terrain without blemishing your stylish winter outfit.

If you're tired of basic black, these suede boots from Timberland are a break from the ordinary and with a waterproof leather upper, you get a break from wet weather, too.

Looking for a fashion girl-approved winter boot to sport this season? Steve Madden has you covered. 

Tory Burch's chic everyday designer boots are disguised as work boots with a leather upper and lining and a lug sole.

The Rain Boot

If you've had the chance to scroll through Instagram and see some of its biggest trends, odds are you saw one iteration of the rubber boot or another. Hunter boots have become a mainstay among the fashion set, and there's no doubt that with pair of warm wool socks or the addition of a removable liner in each waterproof boot will make these a versatile option for the colder months.

A lightweight rain boot with the typical sheep fur lining to keep your feet warm on the cold rainy days.

If you're looking for a rain boot sturdy enough to wear in deep snow, this Muck Boot is what you want. It has grippy traction and a chunky sole to make you feel invincible. 

These Hunter boots have all the waterproof charm of the classic rain boot, but these have insulation!

Want a high fashion take on the rain boot trend? Bottega Veneta has an option available for less than $700.

The Hiking Boot

Those of you looking for winter boots to take on any harsh element will love keeping a pair of winter hiking boots in their cold-weather wardrobe. Style these with your favorite pair of thick socks and leggings along with a heavy winter coat and you're good to go.

These waterproof boots from Timberland are made with a rubber sole, keeping any unwanted melting snow out and away from your feet.

If you need a winter hiking boot, this this insulated boot has a leather and mesh upper and the super-grippy rubber sole has traction that will help keep you going for miles.

Add a pop of color and style to your winter outfits with these hiking-inspired boots. These hiking boots is featured in other colors with limited sizes.


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