The best winter boots to keep you snug and stylish

The best winter boots are the ones you reach for season after season. Here's where to find them...

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The best winter boots are an investment worth making. They'll keep feet warm, dry and comfortable, and for many of us, we'll wear them more than six months of the year.

There are some things you can buy on a whim—a basic t-shirt, a pretty skirt, a chocolate bar that caught your eye while queueing for groceries. Then there are the purchases that are more considered. Good quality winter boots tend to be more expensive, and therefore the shopping stakes are higher. There are questions that need to be asked before adding to basket: Will they last? Are they practical? Do they really suit you? And ultimately, will you wear them often? Much like wardrobe staples such as your best winter coat and favorite jeans, if you choose well, you’ll be wearing your new purchase year after year.

“We're seeing a focus on longevity and versatility in fashion at the moment, which means classic pieces are being championed more than ever,” explains fashion journalist Frankie Graddon. “If I spend money on great boots I want to be wearing them for the next 10 years.” 

Approach shopping for the best winter boots with the same careful consideration you would buying your best designer handbag. “This means looking for styles that have been beautifully made from good quality materials (be that leather, suede, or a premium faux leather) and with attention to details such as good fastenings, walkable heel heights, and balanced proportions.  It's smart to choose styles with minimal embellishments and in a classic colorway that won't date—black, brown, tan, burgundy, grey.” That doesn't mean you have to ignore trends, though. These are the winter boots trends to look out for in 2022. 

  • Classic silhouettes—when deciding which style of boot to opt for too, look to iconic shapes. “AW21's spotlight will be on timeless styles such as the riding, biker, hiking, and '70s stacked-heel,” says Graddon. “When looking for forever footwear styles think heritage: equestrian, desert, hiker, Chelsea, biker, and even cowboy boots have stood the test of time. A stacked heel is also a classic.”
  • Long lengths—“The catwalks favored longer lengths, so we can expect knee-high and over-the-knee iterations to be more of a focus than ankle-length.”
  • A resurgence of past trends—“I think we are still going to be sporting last year’s quite chunky, flat boots for a more casual look,” adds stylist Karen Williams. “Pointed kitten heels will be making a comeback too. They’ll be a big trend because they’re not too high and the point just makes it feel more dressed up.”

The best winter boots—according to our fashion editor

Arket winter boots

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1. Arket

Best stylish winter boots

Reasons to buy
Fashionable designs 
Prices that won't break the bank

Scandi brand Arket specialise in simple silhouettes that are both cool and timeless all at once. These are trend-led winter boots, but not overtly so that they’ll feel tired by next season. Shop here if you’re after simple, fuss-free silhouettes, quality fabrics and prices that won’t make your credit card recoil. Their chunky bikers are our top pick for laid-back dressing, and their over-the-knee styles for evenings out. 


Arket Chunky-Sole Leather Boots | RRP: $262/£190

Pull tabs make these a doddle to pull on and off, while the contrasting sole is complete with extra traction. 


Arket Over-The-Knee Leather Boots | RRP: $399/£290

Made in Italy from super soft leather, these are slouchy in the best possible way. We love the square toe too. 


Arket and TRETORN Women’s Rubber Chelsea Boots | RRP: $145/£115

Give the classic Chelsea boot a modern and practical upgrade with this rubber iteration developed with Swedish rainwear experts TRETORN. Wellies have never looked so chic.

Clarks winter boots

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2. Clarks

Best winter boots for wide feet

Reasons to buy
Built with comfort in mind
Good range of styles 

If you’re looking for the best winter boots for wide or the best shoes for flat feet, allow us to point you in the direction of Clarks. With more than 200 years of experience, Clarks know a thing or two about what makes brilliantly fitting, and most importantly comfortable, footwear. The desert boot is their real heritage icon, with clean lines and a super soft suede upper. If that’s not your thing, there’s Chelsea boots and biker boots and everything in between. Choose between wide and regular fit depending on your needs. 


Clarks Sheer55 Zip Black Suede Boots | RRP: $140/£99

Call off the search, we've found the perfect pair of black ankle boots. The heel is just the right height for all day wear.


Clarks Desert Boots Ocean Blue Suede Boots | RRP: $150/£120

Desert boots are something of a fashion icon, and the ocean blue suede gives them a modern refresh. 


Clarks Orianna Hi Merlot Leather | RRP: $160/£130

If the high-shine patent leather wasn't enough to win you over, then maybe the bouncy underfoot cushioning will sway you. 

Dear Frances Winter Boots

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3. Dear Frances

Best luxury winter boots

Reasons to buy
Sleek designs
High-quality leather

Dear Frances’ luxury boots are crafted in Italy in small batches so you have to be quick if you spot something you like. They have a huge celeb following including Margot Robbie and Kendal Jenner and their collection is incredibly sleek and modern. From statement boots with sculptural heels to refined tonal shades, they have everything covered—so if you want on-trend boots with longevity in them, Dear Frances is the one for you.


Dear Frances Park Boot | RRP: $520/£470

Giving the combat boot a stylish upgrade, these supple leather boots have a lightweight rubber sole for practicality too. Available in five chic shades.


Dear Frances Verona Boot | RRP: $765/£640

Make a statement with these two-tones knee boots. Featuring a modern square toe and comfy block heel they will take you straight from boardroom to bar.


Dear Frances Form Boot | RRP: $575/£495

Freshen up your ankle boots with this sweet pink pair. It’s all in the details from the curved block heel to the asymmetric toe shape. Perfect for adding a pop of colour to your look.

Dr Martens winter boots

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4. Dr. Martens

Best classic winter boots

Reasons to buy
Cult designs
A winter boot that will never date

While some trends come and go, Dr. Martens outfits popularity never seems to dwindle. A style staple since the '60s, DMs have the benefit of being practical and stylish all at once. Spot them by their yellow tab, stand-out sole and lace-up shape. You can still invest in some of the original designs now, or mix it up with new shapes and styles. Traditionally all Dr. Martens shoes were made from leather, but now they have an extensive vegan-friendly offering. The possibilities for Doc Martens outfits are endless, from distressed denim to pretty floral dresses. 


Dr. Martens 1460 Serena Faux Fur Lined Ankle Boots | RRP: $160/£159

Dr. Martens just got a while lot snugglier. Lined with fluffy faux fur, there's no need to worry about blisters with these. 


Dr. Martens 2976 Smooth Leather Chelsea Boots | RRP: $150/£149

The Dr. Marten Chelsea boot remains the same as the original design. We love the contrast yellow stitching and stand-out tab. 


Dr. Martens Shriver Hi Leather Lace Up Boots | RRP: $160/£159

Love the look of chunky boots but missing the height? These platform heeled boots offer the best of both worlds. 

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4. DuoBoots

Best winter boots for wide calfs

Reasons to buy
High quality materials
Choice of calf widths 

A boots brand with a difference, DuoBoots understands that it’s not only shoe size you need to consider when selecting your perfect pair. That’s why they offer seven different calf widths too, and even have a handy 'belt' to help you measure yours at home. Mary Alice Malone, founder of premium footwear brand Malone Souliers, has just joined DuoBoots as Creative Director, bringing with her a confident yet classic aesthetic. 


DuoBoots Angela Boot | RRP: $245/£175

A winter boot you could wear for work or play, we love the gold detailing against this pale slate shade. 


DuoBoots Agnes Tall Boot | RRP: $335/£225

Boots with serious attitude, we love the top-to-toe laces. The contrasting heel adds extra interest. 


DuoBoots Thelma Boots RRP: $215/£155

A cowboy boot with a classic feel. The cognac shade will go with absolutely everything in your wardrobe. 

Ganni winter boots

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6. Ganni

Best trendy winter boots

Reasons to buy
Stompy styles
Recycled materials

We’re already hooked on Ganni’s dress collection and their boots are seriously lust-worthy too. The Danish brand has mastered the stompy boot, with heaps of fashion-forward styles from chunky Chelsea boots to practical rubber. There are some more elegant silhouettes too including western-styles and heeled ankle boots—perfect for adding a cool twist to any outfit.


Ganni Recycled Rubber Country Boot | RRP: $285/£215

Made from 50% recycled rubber, these khaki knee-highs are sustainable and stylish. Making wellies worthy of every day wear, team with your favourite denim.


Ganni Embossed-Snakeskin Chelsea Boots | RRP: $495/£375

Your Chelsea boots just got a whole lot sassier thanks to this snakeskin design. Keep the rest of your outfit simple and let the boots stand out.


Ganni Calf Leather Creepers Monk Strap Boot | RRP: $495/£375

This new style from Ganni pulls out all the stops with a chunky silhouette, contrasting rubber sole and a buckle strap. Wear with your jeans and an oversized knit for a weekend-ready look with attitude. 

Grenson winter boots

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7. Grenson

Best designer winter boots

Reasons to buy
Beautifully made
Built to last 

Are Grenson boots expensive? Yes. Will they last a very long time? Also yes. It’s true in fashion that you get what you pay for, and splashing out on a pair of Grenson winter boots will reward you with years of wear. All of their boots are made using a technique from the 1800s and take up to eight weeks from start to finish. Expect military-inspired detailing in the form of chunky soles, contrast laces and metal hardware. 


Grenson Bridget | RRP: $445/£325

These hiking boots might look chunky, but they're surprisingly lightweight. The perfect choice for all-day wear. 


Grenson Doris | RRP: $565/£375

Higher than your average Chelsea boot, these have a chunky sole for a maximum impact.


Grenson Nanette | RRP: $490/£325

If there’s one pair to invest in, make it Grenson’s signature hiking boot, the Nanette. In many variations, this one features a smart Italian suede panelling.

Mango winter boots

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8. Mango

Best statement winter boots

Reasons to buy
Trend-led designs that last

If you’re looking to tap into some of the biggest clothing trends without breaking the budget, then Mango deserves a look in. The high street store has really upped their game with their latest boot offering, from disco-inspired embellished boots to more practical lace-ups. They have lots of premium leather boots too, designed to last from one winter to the next as well as more purse-friendly styles.


Mango Shiny Heeled Boots | RRP: $129/£79.99

Get ready to hit that dance floor in these sparkly sock-style boots. The perfect match for your LBD.


Mango Leather Cowboy Ankle Boots | RRP: $499.99/£299.99

Crafted from 100% leather, these are a worthy investment. A trend that comes round every year, team your cowboy boots with tailored separates for a polished look.


Mango Contrast-Sole Ankle Boots | RRP: $119.99/£69.99

There’s no denying the chunky Chelsea boot is a huge trend this year and we love the contrasting sole on this pair. Offset the stompy style and pair with a floaty midi dress.

Sorel winter boots

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9. Sorel

Best snow boots

Reasons to buy
Functional designs 
Good choice of colours

When the weather turns, how your best winter boots perform suddenly becomes far more important than how they look. Luckily, thanks to Sorel, there’s no need to compromise on either. Founded in 1962, their speciality is footwear for all seasons. Their premium boots have been carefully crafted to withstand unexpected showers, plummeting temperatures and uneven terrain. Their range of boot liners is worth a browse too, for extra comfort and warmth. 


Sorel Explorer II Joan Shearling Winter Boot | RRP: $155/£145

A bestseller from the brand, these fit like a sneaker with the look of a boot. Waterproof with a cozy fleece lining, your toes are guaranteed to stay toasty.


Sorel Women's Torino II Parc Boot | RRP: $234/£170

Sleek and stylish, these leather boots have been thoughtfully finished with a cozy wool lining. 


Sorel Women's 1967 Pac 2 Boot | RRP: $199/£145

A pair for the adventurous, these boots are waterproof and able to keep you warm in snow and ice. The removable lining means you never have to step into cold, wet boots. 

UGG winter boots

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10. UGG

Best comfy winter boots

Reasons to buy
Very comfortable

UGG’s classic boots are instantly recognisable. They might have spawned a thousand high-street copies, but no boot quite matches up when it comes to fluffiness or comfort. Crafted from plush sheepskin, the outside of the boots are treated to lightly repel water and reduce the risk of marking the fabric. The soles are super durable too, with built-in cushioning for a walking-on-clouds feel. The designs have varied slightly over the years, with a choice of lengths and colors and the addition of detailing like zips and buttons. 


UGG Bailey Button II Boot | RRP: $180/£175

Available in three shades, the wooden button gives these a firmer fit than the originals. 


UGG Adirondack III Waterproof Snow Boot | RRP: $250/£220

Suitable for temperatures as low as 32˚C, these will keep your toes warm from skiing holidays to the city. 


UGG Classic Weather Mini Boot | RRP: $180/£170

Say hello to your favorite wet weather UGG. A wide outsole means no wet feet, as well as enhanced stability in wet or icy conditions.

Zara winter boots

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11. Zara

Best designer dupe boots

Reasons to buy
On-trend designs 
Affordable pricing 

If you’re anything like us, Zara is already your go-to for could-be-designer pieces for under $100/£100. And their designer dupe boot offering gets better and better each year, with a broad choice of styles, shapes and shades. A fair amount of their winter boots are crafted from leather, but there are faux options too, if you’re vegetarian. For a special occasion or night out, look to a tight-fitting sock boot with a pointed toe and elegant narrow heel. For day, stompy boots with a wide track sole are our top pick. Ankle or knee length, the choice is yours. 


Zara Metal Trim Heeled Leather Ankle Boots | RRP: $169/£109

Not just your average black ankle boot, the statement metallic heel on these beauties give them a glamorous finish.


Zara Leather Ankle Boots | RRP: $89.90/£59.99

The pointed toe, curved stitching and block heel give these white ankle boots a western feel. 


Zara Tall Leather Boots | RRP: $229/£149

The tall, flat boot is one to look out for and these have a flexible foam insole for extra comfort. Wear with anything from jeans to dresses.

Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC. 

She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!

Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress. 

The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.