It's impossible to get through winter—whether you're in a region that gets mounds of snow each year or somewhere like California (hey there!) that gets much cooler—without a proper pair of boots. While you may have a go-to pair already in your closet, there's no better time to give your footwear game a refresh than right now, before winter really hits.
To give you a sense of what boot styles you should try this season, we tapped several footwear experts—including Steve Madden and Kenneth Cole—to share the silhouettes that are in and out for winter, including all-purpose snow boots and more fashionable options.
Keep scrolling to peep (and shop!) the boot styles you need to step into as the temperatures start to dip!
"Boots have become very use-specific, and to get through fall and winter, you need an arsenal. We know it's going to be cold, but too clunky and heavy are out; warmth and weather-resistant with clean lines and neutral colors are in. Functionality and androgynous styling are the way to go."
"Not seeing a lot of bright colors, and overly styled but impractical is also not happening. Boots should have a refined toughness, so nothing overly feminine."
“One of my favorite trends for fall is the lug-sole boot. This season, we have some updated classics with an exaggerated sole and metallic details.”
“I always prefer shoes that mix form and function. Sky-high stiletto heels are not practical for fall and winter months; they should be moved to the back of your closet until warmer temperatures resurface."
Kenneth Cole Spencer Leather Lace-Up Boots ($350)
"Seaming patchwork with a little bit of a retro vibe, because it's both modern and nostalgic, in a way. I like the nod to the '60s go-go boot that's happening."
"Super-high vixen pointy boots. Women want to feel sexy yet comfortable, and that isn’t possible when you’re wobbling around in a high heel with your toes painfully squished together."
Isa Tapia Hardy Black Snakeskin Ankle Boots ($575)
"Eighties-style slouch boots have had their day, and thin-heeled dress boots are also on the wane."
ASOS Right About Now Western Pointed Boots ($68)
Gianvito Rossi Stivale Suede Ankle Boots ($1060)
Hunter Original Galosh High Heel Ankle Boots ($280)
Mango Lace-Up Patent Leather-Effect Ankle Boots ($90)
Rupert Sanderson Hamilton Leather Boots ($845)
What's your favorite winter boot style? Let us know in the comments below!