Boots That Beat the Cold: The Best Winter Boots for the Season

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As the temps dip and the days grow shorter, it’s time to swap out those everyday sneakers (or maybe not) and breezy sandals for something a bit more robust. Winter is officially upon us, and with it comes the need for footwear that can withstand the chill while still looking chic as can be.

Choosing the perfect winter boots is an art—one that marries warmth and comfort with impeccable style. When investing in a pair, timelessness and durability are key, ensuring they’ll keep you cosy and chic for many winters to come. 

We’re not kidding when we say there are almost too many options to pick from. But as shopping experts and certified shoe-obsessives, we’ve curated a careful guide of our top picks for the season to help your quest for the perfect winter boot. 

Read on to find our faves. 

2024’s top 3 winter boots

  1. Harlea Boot, $129.95 at Billini
  2. Square Toe Heeled Leather Ankle Boots, $220 at The Iconic
  3. ASOS DESIGN Chief Leather Biker Boots, $199 at ASOS

The best winter boots for cold days in 2024 

Harlea Boot

$129.95 at Billini

A classic black riding boot style, these are so timeless you’ll find yourself reaching for them time and time again. Perfect for winter as they keep out the chill and any wet weather, yet still look so chic you can wear them anywhere from the office to the bar.

Sizes: 5 to 11 | Colours: Black | Materials: Synthetic leather

Style notes:

  • Low block heel
  • Slip-on style with back tab
  • Rounded toe

Square Toe Heeled Leather Ankle Boots

$220 at The Iconic

A heeled ankle boot is a must-have for your winter wardrobe, effortlessly boosting even the simplest outfits. Pair them with your favourite straight-leg jeans for a casual day out or wide-leg trousers for a chic office look. These versatile boots add just the right amount of style, making them a key piece for the colder months. And although they’re heeled, they’re comfortable enough to wear every day without leaving you limping.

Sizes: 5 to 11 | Colours: Dark Brown, Black and Nougat Cream | Materials: LWG leather

Style notes:

  • 8cm flared heel
  • Square toe
  • Side zip closure

ASOS DESIGN Chief Leather Biker Boots

$199 at ASOS

Since the viral Miu Miu AW 2022 show when models stomped down the runway wearing buckled biker boots, it has been virtually impossible to escape the style once the temperatures drop (and then even still!). Don’t feel like dropping an entire paycheck on the originals? These ASOS dupes give the edgy look without the pricetag.

Sizes: 36 to 41 | Colours: Brown and Black | Materials: Leather upper, resin sole

Style notes:

  • Silver hardware details
  • Pull-on style with side pull tabs
  • Block heel

Dazie Ankle Boots

$30 (usually $79) at The Iconic

Stylish boots for under $50? Yes, please! Dazie has done it again with their offering of affordable, trendy fashion with these lug sole ankle boots that you won’t mind wearing out to face fierce winds and rains.

Sizes: 5 to 11 | Colours: Black | Materials: Waterbased PU

Style notes:

  • Lug sole
  • Pull-on style
  • 2cm platform and 4cm heel

Zodiak Long Boots

$149.95 at Novo

Try to branch away from the all-black winter uniform this year and embrace some colour in your footwear wardrobe. Brighten up dreary days with these bold metallic heeled knee-high boots that you’ll wear all the way through till spring.

Sizes: 5 to 11 | Colours: Pink, Black, Cream and Silver Croc | Materials: Faux leather

Style notes:

  • PETA approved
  • Zip fastening
  • Square toe
  • 10cm heel

Atmos&Here Remi Leather Cowboy Boots

$229.99 at The Iconic

Haven’t you heard? Cowboy boots aren’t going anywhere this winter. But this year we’re stepping it up a notch with this knee high style from Aussie label Atmos&Here that feels a touch more elevated than your average cowboy boot. With a subtle heel they’re a great way to add some flare to your seasonal ‘fits without feeling too costume-y.

Sizes: 5 to 11 | Colours: Black | Materials: Real leather

Style notes:

  • Block heel
  • Pointed toe
  • Slip-on style

Aberdeen Side-Zip Platform Boots 

$153 at Charles & Keith

If it’s the more grungy, edgy vibe you’re after this winter then we would like to introduce you to your new go-to boots. An ankle boot but they finish more at the mid-calf which actually helps to elongate the leg and is perfect for styling with anything from tailored trousers to your favourite mini and tights.

Sizes: 35 to 41 | Colours: Black and Chalk | Materials: Natural PU

Style notes:

  • 5.4cm heel
  • Side zips
  • Tapered upper

Hazel Vintage Ivory Leather Ankle Boot

$299 at Wittner

Step out of your comfort zone (literally) with these unique and ultra-chic lace-up heeled boots from Wittner that offer a touch of vintage glamour with all the modern allure of your classic ankle boot. The lace details is very Bridgerton-chic and practically screams It Girl, the calling card of a true fashion expert.

Sizes: 35 to 42 | Colours: Vintage Ivory and Black | Materials: Premium leather

Style notes:

  • Side zip
  • Square tapered toe
  • Double-layer built-in padding

How do I know if my boots are good for winter?

To know if your boots are winter-ready, look for these key features: durable leather or water-resistant fabric to keep your feet dry, a non-slip sole for good traction on wet or icy surfaces, and a warm lining like fleece or shearling for insulation. Comfort and support are essential for all-day wear, ensuring your boots are both practical and stylish. Lastly, versatile styling will keep you looking chic, whilst still warm and comfy, in any winter outfit.

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