Surviving Winter

The Best Winter Boots for Cold Weather

Oh winter, you necessary evil. Even as a cooler weather fan, I have a tough time getting on board with the weather when it drops below 20. The past few weeks have just been bitter and miserable, even here in typically moderate St. Louis. I took my dog, Harper, for a walk the other morning and it was 0 degrees out. ZERO. Even with two pairs of pants and an excessive amount of winter accessories, I came home with frost on my eyelashes.

Dressing for harsh weather conditions is by no means a science. Sometimes you just pile on anything and everything to keep the chill out. Other times you want to put some thought into it and really make the effort to look cute. Whether you try one of these boot styles or have your own favorite, half of the battle in looking stylish is all in making a look your own. Wear it with confidence and you will always end up on the best dressed list.

Winter Doesn’t Mean You Have to Sacrifice Style.

Shoes in general can make or break any outfit, but in the winter it’s crucial for shoes to keep you warm and dry too. Boots are the best way to do this. 

So when it’s too cold to function outside, how in the world are you supposed to dress with even a modicum of style? Sure, we could all band together and decide fashion doesn’t matter…nope, that won’t work. Fashion matters no matter the temperature. Here are some of my tips for winterizing your shoe closet that will keep you warm and stylish all winter long.

Thanks to the continued popularity of street style, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear boots traditionally seen as “outdoor shoes” all day. There are some of my favorite styles that are sure to impress anyone. You can shop using the links below (P.S. smoorelovin makes a small commission for purchases made through these links.)

The Comfiest Option

Ugg boots have gotten a bad rep since their original surge in popularity, but some sort of fur or shearling lined boot is going to be your best bet at keeping warm. Wear a classic style proudly, or opt for one of their updated shapes to show your uncompromising style.



Boots for Wet Weather

If there’s really any chance of puddles, snow, or rain, I go for my Hunter rainboots (or any rainboots if you’re not as label obsessed as me!). Since rainboots are nice and roomy, you’ll have no problem tucking pants into them. The trick with rubber boots is to make sure you have good, insulating socks because that rubber gets COLD!

Best Boots for Snow

Not a fan of the shape of rainboots? Worried about snow or slush getting inside your boot? Go for an old classic with a pair of duck boots. These have seen a major resurgence in popularity, so whether you want the tried-and-true LL Bean or an updated style like these Sperry’s, you’ll hit the mark with both fashion and function!



Boots for Wet Weather

Frye boots, why must you be so expensive? Okay, I know why, cool colors, great quality, and new styles all the time. Frye may be absurdly expensive, but they are certainly worth every penny. If you’re wearing them with any regularly too, they are good investment! I got the Samantha Hiker boots in white at the beginning of the winter and have been obsessed with them since. And like any good pair of leather shoes, they just get more and more comfortable with each wear.

Stay warm!