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These Are the Only Shoes I Want to Wear This Winter

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Even if you hate cold weather, you have to admit that outerwear can be amusing. From muppet-y faux furs to chic and elegant wool coats, there are plenty of ways to have fun while bundling up. On the shoe front, though, winter is a drag. Heeled boots can be beautiful, but half the time it’s too wet and cold to wear anything but clunky snow boots.

The combat boot has been my style savior for several reasons. The sole has enough traction for icy surfaces, the flat bottom makes them easy to walk in, and many of them can be just as chic as a heeled ankle boot. Combat boots may not work for an office environment, but on the weekends, the right pair can you take you to just about any occasion.

Whether you’re in the market to splurge on a designer pair to last you a lifetime or looking for cheap durable ones for right now, shop below for our favorites.

The Elegant Black Pair

Jade Refined Combat Boot
Original Price: $89, Sale Price: $50 (43% off) at Urban Outfitters

The sole here is a lot sleeker than on a classic Dr. Martens boot, and while the material is faux leather, the glossy finish makes it look elevated.

The Crazy Deal

Merona Faux Fur Tipped Boots
$38 at Target

We promise they look just as expensive in person. Extra points for the expanded size range of 5.5 to 11.

The Everyday Boot

Lace-Up Leather Boots
Original Price: $195, Sale Price: $137 ( at & Other Stories

Sick of black? Try these. The simple shape makes them super versatile despite the unusual color.

The Lined Pair

Warm-Lined Boots
$80 at H&M

H&M is a surprising source for premium-looking shoes. These are 100-percent leather and are lined for a nice boost of warmth.

The Rough-and-Tumble Pair

Monki Patent Lace Up Biker Boot
$72 at Asos

Personally, I favor combat boots with chunky soles. The extra height gives the illusion of longer legs, and in this case, the gum sole will also withstand salt stains.

The Suede Boots

Kanyon Hiker Boots
$70 at Topshop

Fun, unusual, and, at only 70 bucks, unexpectedly affordable.

If You Love Florals

Officer Floral Boots
Original Price: $100, Sale Price: $80 (20% off) at Steve Madden

When spring is on your mind but there’s still snow on the ground.

The Ones You Can Wear With Skirts

Buckle Combat Boots
Original Price: $69, Sale Price: $49 (29% off) at Charles & Keith

The slim silhouette and buckle details add a feminine twist that would look great worn with tulle or pleated skirts.

The Combat Boot/Heel Hybrid

M4D3 Graziella Water Resistant Bootie
Original Price: $195 Sale Price: $120 (35% off) at Nordstrom

So delicate and chic we could imagine this on the Dior Resort runway. If the cognac shade doesn’t appeal to you, these are also available in black and an embossed eggshell.

The Subtly Shimmery Boot

Splendid Romy II Combat Boot
Original Price: $189, Sale Price: $94.50 (50% off) at Nordstrom

The pewter shimmer is almost so subtle you have to squint, creating just the right mix of eccentricity and practicality.

The Matrix Boots

Jeffrey Campbell Agira Hiker Boots
$155 at Nordstrom

All black everything.

If You’re Not Afraid of Dirt

Dr. Martens 1460 Mono 8 Eye Boots
$135 at Shopbop

We’ll never stop raving about white boots.

The Edgy Pair

Dr. Martens Jadon
$170 at Zappos

I’d own two pairs of these boots if I could — they’re just that good. Dr. Martens are notoriously stiff until you break them in properly (which can take a while), but these at least have a side zipper for extra convenience.

The Boots for Street-Style Aspirants

Lace-Up Leather Boots
Original Price: $235, Sale Price: $165 (30% off) at & Other Stories

Studs, buckles, and red patent leather seem like a lot, but when you’re trying to get photographed, isn’t that precisely what you want?

The Designer Pair On Sale

Dorateymur Combat Boots
Original Price: $515, Sale Price: $206 (60% off) at MyTheresa

The sting of buying designer combat boots suddenly feels bearable with 30 percent off.

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These Are the Only Shoes I Want to Wear This Winter