When a good portion of the year is covered in snow, it’s really important to stick to pieces that prioritize function. That’s why I wanted to talk about winter boots today. Whether you’re getting ready for a night out on the town or walking the dogs outside, it’s essential to have a few pairs for different occasions. I try to keep a healthy mix of waterproof boots to carry me through the winter storms as well as nicer ones that I can dress up. The only issue is that shopping for boots can get pricey fast, especially if you’re building out a collection. So, I wanted to share all the styles that are worth splurging and saving on.
Where I Splurge…
Max Mara Teddy Bear Coat (better for budget here and here) | NBD Cut-Out Sweater | Topshop Jeans | Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote GM | Tom Ford Sunglasses (exact style sold out, similar here and here) | Louis Vuitton Ranger Combat Boots (better for budget here and here) | NY Yankees Cap
Combat Boots (also a save)
You guys know I’m a shoe junkie at heart and a pair of sleek designer combat boots are something I just can’t get enough of. In comparison to my more affordable ones, designer combat boots have more structure that instantly up the cool, edgy vibes. They’re also incredibly well-made. All the small details truly stand out from the stitching down to the hardware – you don’t even have to try them on to know.
Snow Boots (also a save)
You can easily get away with more affordable snow boots if you live in parts of the country that don’t get a ton of snow. However, those of us in the north and mid-west know that high-quality, expensive snow boots will go a long way. They don’t just keep your feet warm and dry – but hold up better over time.
Express White Coat (sold out, similar here) | Lovers & Friends Tan Sweater Dress | Stuart Weitzman Over-The-Knee Boots | Celine Sunglasses (exact style sold out, similar here and better for budget here) | Chanel Medium Flap Bag
Over The Knee Boots
After going through several pairs of over-the-knee boots in my lifetime, I have to say that that nothing beats my Stuart Weitzman’s. They’re the winter boots I resort to when I’m going for a dressier look. They fit like a glove, feel so comfortable on, and actually keep my legs warm. I honestly don’t think I can rave about them enough. You can read my full review on them HERE.
Where I Save…
Revolve Faux Shearling Coat | Lovers & Friends Charcoal Gray Top | Lovers & Friends Charcoal Gray Joggers | Sam Edelman Combat Boots (also love this one) | Quay Sunglasses | Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Backpack | White & Warren Beanie
Combat Boots (also a splurge)
I practically live in combat boots in the winter so I like to keep a stash of more affordable styles on hand. My shoes can get pretty run down through winter, so having some budget-friendly styles that I can rotate through helps preserve the longevity of my designer pairs.
There are honestly so many chic booties on the market that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to score a stylish pair. Some of my favorite booties are from Sam Edelman, Steve Madden, and Marc Fisher. This is actually a great time to buy them since so many retailers are clearing their winter inventory. Several of the styles I linked below are on sale now!
Faux shearling hiker boots are a cute and cozy alternative to the edgier combat boot. Since I tend to wear the latter more, I’ll opt to save on this style. Plus, there are so many great options under $100 that it doesn’t really warrant splurging.
Snow Boots (also a splurge)
Although I occasionally splurge on snow boots, I also buy more affordable ones since shoes tend to take a huge hit when you’re constantly in the snow. I’ve had a ton of luck finding more affordable snow boots this year. This pair from Walmart is under $40 and so comfortable. They look almost identical to my Sorel boots.