By Halie Lesavage
Search for "winter boots," and you're confronted with a litany of rubberized soles, thick laces, and purely practical shearling—shoes that excel in a technical sense but can lack style. Where can we find the everyday boots that are for much more than simply walking in inclement weather?
We gathered designers from footwear brands including Dear Frances, Hanifa, and Loeffler Randall, as well leading stylists, writers, and fashion directors, to tell us about the everyday (and elevated) boots they're pairing with outfit after outfit this winter. From lug-sole Chelsea boots to thigh-high leather styles, fashion insiders say the following 11 pairs are cool, versatile and offer a hint of winter weather proofing. At least one of their everyday boots will make its way to your wardrobe by the time you finish perusing the list.
Marina Larroudé, founder of Larroudé
"The Kate boots are a staple in my closet. They're very versatile, I wear them with jeans, long skirts, or mini dresses for a night out. [It] took hours for me and the team to decide the on right shade of ivory. We wanted it to be a warm tone, and not so icy. We really nailed it—we can not keep them in stock. Our customers are also loving how classic this style is, they are buying in multiple color-ways! And the fit is so comfortable, you can walk blocks on them." —@marinalarroude