It’s official; the weatherman has announced that it is going to snow this week, so we need to get ready.

It's time to dig out those thermals and get your hat, gloves and massive scarves at the ready, winter is finally here. As the old wives' tale goes, if your feet are warm then the rest of your body will be - so you need to get your footwear sorted ASAP. The key to avoiding frosty feet is a well insulated and ready-for-anything pair of boots, more simply put … heavy-duty boots.

Thankfully for us heavy-duty boots have stepped away from awful hiking connotations and had very stylish makeover these past years, meaning they’re not just reserved for the snow. Fancy gold hardware, luxe fabrics, soft to touch faux fur and funky laces are the key motifs to look out for when shopping for this style of boot.

Presenter Holly Willoughby was a big fan of heavy-duty boots during her stint in the jungle. We're pretty sure she'll be digging them out this week when the snow sets.

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No need to fear, as these boots are easier to style thank you think; it’s more about getting the confidence to just go for it.

Opt for a slim fit

Like all types of boots, the chicest way to wear them is with a pair of well-fitted jeans, and this couldn’t be truer than with heavy-duty ones.

Slimmer/ skinny cuts are best suited for these as you can tuck them into thick socks for extra warmth. Team with a long-line chunky knit and you’ve got the weekend walk ensemble sorted.

Go for thicker tights

Other easy ways to wear is with a long sleeve midi dress and thick pair of tights. Styling tip - if you’re opting for super bold boots, then make sure your dress is plain to really make them stand out. Slimmer style heavy-duty boots also look great slightly cropped trousers.

So without further ado, here are our favourite heavy-duty boots.

Ankle boot £75 available now at M&S


Fiona boot £169 available now at Hobbs


White boots £85 available now from Office


Studded ankle boots £155 available now from Cole Haan


Water repellent ankle boots £50 available from Next


Suede faux fur boots £189 available now at Kurt Geiger


Faux fur boot £275 available now from Russell & Bromley

Lace up boots £79.99 available now from Mango

Black leather lace up boots £139 available now from Massimo Dutti


Ashton ankle boots £89 available now from Topshop


Ankle welly boots £50 available now from Dune


Luxury hiker boot £295 available now from Russell & Bromley


Samantha Rnic

Samantha Rnic is a fashion stylist and writer from Colchester. She has worked for titles such as Grazia, The Sun and Look magazine. She is currently studio bookings manager at Matches Fashion.