5 Outdated Winter Boot Trends We're Ditching—and What We're Buying Instead

The Best Winter Boots You Can Buy

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The Style Stalker/Szymon Brzóska

As style people (hey there), we’ve experimented with a slew of winter shoe trends over the years to find those ideal silhouettes that are equal parts fashion and function. Sure, we have many of these perfectly acceptable styles at the ready in our closets, but the change in seasons comes hand in hand with our desire for a wardrobe refresh—starting with a winter-boot upgrade.

So with that in mind, we thought we’d share the winter boot trends we’re considering storing away due to their somewhat outdated nature. Alternatively, we’re also sharing the styles we’re excited to test out this season instead for inspiration if that's of interest. Of course, it's always smart to remember that you should always wear whatever you love, despite someone else's personal preference.

Keep scrolling to uncover the boots we’re considering in and out to inspire your next winter shopping haul.

Ditching: Knee-High Lug Sole Boots
Buying: Sleek Riding Boots

"My shoe rack can only hold so many pairs and with that, I'll be nixing my knee-high lug sole pairs. There's no doubt that they're practical for the winter, but I always found them too tricky to style, so I'll be prioritizing sleek riding boots instead that I know I'll have in my closet for years to come."

Ditching: Ankle Boots with Rounded Toes
Buying: Square-Toe Boots

"Simple block-heel ankle boots with a rounded toe are certainly classic, but this winter I’m still more interested in shopping for boots with square toes. They obviously don't feel as fresh as they once did, which is why I'm prioritizing styles with elongated square toes. They feel especially sophisticated and versatile."

Ditching: Sock Boots
Buying: Structured Knee-Highs

“I got some good wear out of my skintight sock boots last year, but I’ll be putting them aside this winter in favor of more structured leather knee-high boots to wear with my midi skirts, skinny jeans, and long shorts this winter.”

Ditching: Standard Ankle Boots
Buying: Pointed-Toe Booties

"I am loving a pointed-toe boot this winter. They look so edgy and cool, and totally can take an outfit up a notch. I love pairing them with a sweater during the day and then with a pair of tights and a mini dress for an evening look. I'm ditching my standard ankle boots this season. I know, I'm shocked too. They just feel a little dated to me, a knee-high or thigh-high boot just feels so much more elevated."

Ditching: Sock Booties
Buying: Kitten-Heel Boots

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"Sock boots had their moment in the sun, but I agree with Judith that their time is over. Right now, I'm into kitten-heel boots."