While the outdoors have been a wonderful refuge during the pandemic, it’s difficult to simply slip outside—at least without piling on some layers and outdoor gear first. That’s why we’ve compiled favorite fall-winter women’s boots that tick three key boxes: comfortable, cute, and cozy. Forget about your high heeled options until the world reopens, and keep the duck boots in the closet: These picks will keep your feet warm and dry through snow, sleet, and rain, without sacrificing on style.
Sorel Lennox Lace Cozy Boot
Few shoe brands know how to handle snow and ice better than Sorel. I’m in love with the vintage-inspired lace hooks and shearling tongue on the company’s wilderness-ready rendition of a moto boot. The full-grain leather is waterproof and lined with micro-fleece, so you can look tough but still toasty. Plus they’re 25% off right now.
Cole Haan 4.ZERØGRAND Hiker Boot
Don’t let their quirk confuse you: These boots are made to withstand winter’s worst. (And, yes, they come in more sedate colors, like black and maroon.) The water-resistant haircalf, layers of micro-fleece, and grippy all-terrain treds are grand, but it’s the cushy, athletic-inspired foam insoles could make them the season’s most comfortable boot around. They’re normally $280, but on sale now for $140.
M.Gemi The Alpi Alta
M.Gemi made its name by producing high-end leather goods from the same Italian artisans that designer labels use, but selling its products for a fraction of the price. These boots are no exception. Rugged on the outside, snuggly on the inside, M.Gemi’s shearling-collared take on a hiking boot is tough enough to combat slippery city streets and sidewalks. Contrast cord laces and a lightweight lug sole boost the practical intrigue of these handcrafted leather boots.
Everlane Modern Utility Lace-Up
Water-resistant leather, an anti-slip grip, and structured sleek look give Everlane’s contemporary take on the classic military boot a winning edge. But it’s the interior zipper that makes them clutch: quick on, quick off, no matter the weather.
Nisolo Amalia All Weather Boot
Thoughtful details are what landed Nisolo’s boots on this list. The ultra-low wedge wooden heel! The waterproof ethically sourced, all-weather leather! The refined slim silhouette! Also, Nisolo works with Try Now, which provides a no-cost, 7-day, try-on window for shoes—so finding the right fit is risk-free.
Hunter Refined Stitch Detail Loafer Boots
Prada’s coveted chunky lug-soled Chelsea boots are certainly an object of desire. (For me, at least.) But these Hunter boots are just as chic, can slog through the rain and snow, and are a mere percentage of the designer price. They are smart, in both a stylish and sensible sense, and feature penny loafer-inspired detailing that is just too fun to pass up. And right now they’re 50%.
AllBirds Wool Runner-up Mizzles
AllBirds’ ubiquitous sustainable sneakers got a weatherproof upgrade in Mizzles. The Runner-up is a high-top (so your ankles stay wrapped in extra-thick Merino) and features a water-repellent coating and Puddle Guard, a breathable liner wedged between the shoe’s wool for an added layer of dry sock safeguarding.
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