Though boots make a no-brainer choice in the chilly months, the vast selection of styles and trends can feel overwhelming. You want to keep your feet, ankles and legs warm, but you don’t always want to look like you’re stomping around the Arctic. Boots can be surprisingly versatile when it comes to styling. And who doesn’t love a shoe that’s as utilitarian as it is fashion-forward? When determining what type of winter boots work best for you, consider both your personal taste, current wardrobe and lifestyle.
Ankle boots do exactly what the name suggests: stop at the ankle. While they’re not made for trudging through snow, they are a fashionable choice befitting an office, the (snow-cleared) sidewalk or a casual get-together. These look best with skinny jeans or leggings, which can be paired with a casual tee or a fancier top, notes fashion designer Lauren Conrad on her blog. Alternatively, try them with a dress and tights, and add some accessories for a more dressed up look. Ankle boots come in a variety of colors, materials and heel heights.
You don’t need a date with a horse to get away with wearing riding boots. In fact, equestrian kicks are a fashionable choice when it comes to winter footwear. Characterized by a low chunky heel and at-the-knee height, classic riding boots are typically constructed from leather, giving them a rich quality and versatile neutral tones. They also have a longer shelf life. Play up the equestrian theme or wear these with a comfortable sweater and your favorite skinny jeans.
You’ll thank yourself for investing in a pair of these make-a-statement kicks, especially if you live in a chilly climate and enjoy wearing dresses or skirts. When styling, make sure you limit the amount of skin showing where your skirt ends and boots begin to just 2 or 3 inches. Because over-the-knee boots make such a strong statement, they’re definitely suited for women who enjoy bold fashion plays.
If cozy is your end-game, look no further than the fur-lined boot (faux fur that is!) Fur-lined boots are usually heel-less and, because they’re lined, especially warm. That makes them perfect for the coldest of cold days or for women who live in particularly chilly climates. This winter boot is a great casual option, so wear them on the weekends or while running errands. As for styling, pair them with jeans or leggings and your favorite slouchy cardigan or over-sized sweater.
While casual and cozy are good, an outfit sometimes requires a dressier option, Conrad notes. That’s especially true if you work in a formal or semi-formal setting or find yourself dressing up often. Cue the dressy boot, which comes in various shapes, sizes and forms. Consider dressy boots the warmer, winter equivalent to your heels. In fact, you can treat them as such when planning your outfits. Don’t be afraid to go bold with a dyed or embellished dressy boot. Alternatively, keep it classic with a neutral brown or black.