18 best winter boots for women to keep you snug and stylish this season

Keep cosy in the best winter boots for women this season, for all weathers and occasions

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Nothing pulls winter outfits together quite like a pair of the best winter boots. Say hello to luxe leather designs at every budget that will keep us cosy until spring returns. 

Although we already have our eye on the spring/summer shoe trends 2024, the best winter boots are still getting plenty of wear. Invest in a high-quality pair now, and they should last for several seasons, just make sure to look after your winter boots throughout and at the end of each season so they last as long as possible. This includes having them resoled or re-heeled, and cleaning up mud and scuffs.

“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.” And with these picks approved by our fashion team, you can guarantee style and longevity.

Best winter boots - according to our fashion editor

When it comes to the best new-in boots, you can't beat old favourites, with cowboy boots and the best black boots still going strong. Look out for pointed toes, angled heels and contrast stitching for modern updates. The best knee-high boots are everywhere too, except this year they’re slouchier and slightly less polished than their predecessors. If a shorter boot is more your bag then sock boots work really well with tights or tucked under jeans. Boots with flat, chunky soles are practical and cool, while spindly kitten heels will add a little extra height without giving your calves too much of a workout.

1. Best winter boots overall

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Whether you want to nail the latest trends with a pair of the best cowboy boots, or you’re looking for a life-long investment in a hard-wearing Chelsea boot, the best winter boots come in many incarnations. A decent boot will not only keep your feet toasty but they have the power to take your outfit to new sartorial heights too, from toughening up feminine frocks to giving your off-duty look a cool retro spin.

2. Best warm winter boots

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You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort as the best winter boots for warmth have both covered. As snug as the best slippers, UGG boots have had a resurgence in the last couple of years, alongside all the other Y2K and '90s fashion trends (we're looking at you low-rise jeans) and our feet could not be happier about it. Perfect for those work-from-home and dress-down days, wear the warmest winter boots with the best loungewear, such as the warmest leggings and elevated sweatshirts for a comfy look that still feels considered. After something smarter? Look to shearling and faux-fur lined lace-up booties for an extra snuggly finish.

3. Best waterproof boots

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Whether you live in the city or the countryside, torrential downpours are inevitable so a pair of the best waterproof boots are well worth having in your arsenal. From classic wellies to cute rubber boots, these are as chic as they are practical too. The perfect companion to the best waterproof jackets, these will have you wet-weather prepared. 

4. Best Short Winter Boots

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All hail the trusty ankle boot, guaranteed to make countless appearances as part of those autumn outfit ideas, and they'll keep going right up until springtime and even when you're wondering what to wear to a festival too. Ankle boots never fail to deliver and will be one of the most versatile wardrobe pieces you’ll ever own. Keep it casual in some Chelsea boots, the perfect finishing touch to the best midi dresses, or smarten up your jeans and make them evening-appropriate with a pair of kitten-heeled ankle boots. Comfy and cool, we’re sold. 

5. Best Knee Length Winter Boots

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More wearable than their over-the-knee sister but with just as much impact, knee-high boots are a winter wardrobe essential and are guaranteed to make any outfit look instantly put together. Heeled or flat, they just ooze understated glamour and are a strong choice to take your look from day-to-night. Keep it timeless and versatile and opt for black or tan hues and wear with everything from your party outfits to the best jumper dresses

6. Best Winter Boots for Snow

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Nail that apres ski chic look with a pair of snuggly snow boots. Once your feet have felt the warmth of a comforting snow boot, you’ll never look back. Perfect for a winter capsule wardrobe, regardless of whether you're hitting the slopes or just need to combat a flurry at home, a pair of snow boots is a great addition to your best winter boots collection.

"A solid pair of snow boots are a must. I love my Sorel boots and wear them daily during the winter," says Liz Williams, Outerwear Designer at The Checkroom. Although certainly on the sensible end of the spectrum, snow boots have had the fashion stamp of approval too, spotted on the runways and on the feet of the street style set. This practical purchase has some serious style credentials.