18 best winter boots to keep you snug and stylish

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

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The best winter boots are an investment worth making and this year there is a style for everyone. Whether you lean towards an over-the-knee style or are more of a stompy ankle boot kinda gal, stores are awash with boot options.

The best winter boots are a key player in every winter capsule wardrobe. But finding your dream pair is no mean feat. With requirements that include practicality, style and comfort, the best winter boots can do everything from running errands, styling up office looks or taking you on a chic night out. Choose wisely and your boots should also last for several seasons, making them a purchase worth investing in. 

This season, there are several notable boot trends 2022 that form part of the fall winter shoe trends 2022. From the revival of bohemian cowboy boots, to leg lengthening over-the-knee iterations, platformed Chelsea boots and the best knee high boots, we're truly spoilt for choice this year. While you should certainly consider trend led designs for the most style points, don't forget to sort your basics first. A classic pair of black leather or vegan leather boots will be versatile and timeless and top quality pairs, will be something you can wear again and again. 

“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.” 

Best winter boots - according to our fashion editor

1. Best winter boots

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Whether you want to nail the latest shoe trends with this season's best cowboy boots, or you’re looking for a life-long investment in a hard-wearing hiking 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 these beauties have them both covered. As snug as the best slippers, UGG boots have had a resurgence this year, alongside all the other Y2K and '90s fashion trends 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 directional. After something smarter? Look to shearling and faux-fur lined lace-up booties.

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 iconic Hunter wellies to cute rubber ankle 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 from fall, right up until springtime and sometimes 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 of the best 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 stiletto-heeled ankle boots. Comfy and cool, we’re sold. 

5. Best Knee Length Winter Boots

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Safer than their over-the-knee sister but with just as much impact, the best knee high boots are a winter wardrobe essential and are guaranteed to make any outfit look instantly put together. Heeled or flat, knee-high boots 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. Although certainly on the sensible end of the spectrum, snow boots have had the fashion stamp of approval too, spotted on the runways and in Paris fashion week street style shots. These may not be your go-to, best winter boots for everyday but a necessity if you’re heading to the slopes or are expecting a bout of snow.

Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Deputy Fashion Editor at Future plc across multiple women’s magazines including Woman & Home, Woman and Woman's Own.

She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Stylist, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.

With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys.