Although the first snowfall in New York doesn’t typically hit until late November or early December, you can never be too prepared when it comes to winter’s extremely unpredictable weather. Facing everything from flash floods and sleet storms to bomb cyclones and snow, a solid pair of winter boots is the most practical item to buy this season. Don’t let the winter elements catch you by surprise. When heading out this winter, you should be keeping those beautiful fall boots, sneakers, and slippers free from salt stains and slushy streets.
No matter if you’re looking at a snow-filled commute, a chic mountain getaway, a long winter walk, or a morning spent shoveling the driveway, there’s plenty of durable styles that will keep your feet as warm and dry as they make your outfits cool and winter-ready. Consider equestrian-inspired Wellies or Katie Holmes’s favorite Sorel boots, which come complete with heavy-duty lug soles to withstand any kind of weather. Water-resistant stitching and rubber soles make heeled pairs a safe option when heading out into the snow (without sacrificing personal style), while waterproof duck boots and soft puffer styles offer a more traditional take. Meanwhile, shearling-lined lace-ups are the ultimate boots to take you from the city to the mountains—and will also give your look a dose of après-ski chic for those hiding out somewhere more remote this winter.
Below, shop 24 pairs of the best winter boots of the season before the first snowfall hits or even worse—before they sell out.