It’s that time of year again! From frosty walks in urban parks or night-time city strolls to hardcore treks over mountain peaks – women’s winter boots can be cute and stylish or all-terrain workhorses. And, sometimes, even a little bit of both. With so many styles available though, how can you tell what makes a great winter boot for a modern woman?
Hopefully, our short guide, and brilliant top 10 list from brands like Timberland and Barbour will help you discover what you need from a perfect pair of winter boots. Read on to find the best seasonal outfitting for your feet that will keep you looking good in warmth and comfort, whatever you choose to do in them!
Whether you want a stylish winter boot for city strolls or a durable stomper for long, cold and – let’s face it, this is Britain – probably wet hikes, this part of the guide will explain what you need to know to find the perfect pair of boots for you.
The kind of women’s winter boots you might wear on a night out to a city centre pub or theatre will (hopefully) look quite different to the ones you might wear on a winter walk in Snowdonia. This is not to say that fashionable boots can't offer some durability and walking potential, or that practical boots can't look good – but generally they're different.
Before you choose a boot it’s good to know what you’re looking for. A pair of practical winter boots might not look as fashionable, but they will keep you warm and offer walking support over rough ground.
On the other hand, a bang on-trend thigh-high supple leather winter boot won’t be so useful on a long hike, but it will keep you looking fierce over shorter, easier walks.
Or, you might be looking for a bit of both. Some of the biggest outdoor brands have come up with great-looking winter boots for women that look fashionable whilst also faring well on winter walks or hikes.
Once you know what kind of boot you want you can look more into the features. For fashionable boots, aesthetic concerns like branding, heels and overall look are the most important features. For more practical winter boots, you'll want to see good waterproofing, ankle support and durability. This section should explain exactly what to look out for in each case!
Chunky synthetics, almost wellington-looking boots and thigh-highs are what’s hot this year. Other than that, trainers are generally the more fashionable look than boots right now so we've included a few trainer-like boots in our top 10.
Some low-key heels can also help give a little height to the more petite women out there – but don't go too risky during winter conditions!
As usual, black is the colour of choice for the fashion-conscious woman in the UK today, but burgundy and other muted splashes of autumnal colours are also seeing wear too. Outside of high fashion, chunky tan or brown winter boots are a popular choice for social media pictures, and will give you some wear in the years to come, too.
For ultimate comfort, look for textile options with comfortable, warm linings and cushioned soles. Ankle support is also a key for comfortable walking, especially for older women or those with foot concerns.
If comfort is your main concern, big-heeled options probably won’t be for you either. Mainly synthetic boots are flexible and provide good support.
Many might prefer the style and durability of leather, but bear in mind that it may take you quite a few outings to mould them to your feet. In the longterm, however, they will stick with you for many a year.
Essentially, the more serious your outdoor walking activities are, the thicker and heavier the boot you’ll want.
Flexible, lightweight winter boots are great for icy city pavements or light hill walks over uneven ground. But if you’re planning to sometimes take actual hikes in your new boots, then a heavier, more durable boot should be your go-to. Either way, it pays to look for fairly good grip or tread.
If you know your new boots will get wet on the regs, such as on the daily countryside dog walk in the snow, make sure to look for claims of proper waterproofing, or at least water-resistance.
For the longest time, 99% of boots available around the world were made of leather. However, since the 1970s companies now also make lightweight fabric boots. These keep you warm, and often dry, while remaining breathable and flexible. For the vegans among you, consider imitation leather – many are very high quality in today’s market.
Inside, fur or faux-fur lined boots will keep your feet nice and toasty. Other options include wool and even down in some cases. Synthetic materials can keep you warm too, but they are often more focused on being waterproof or breathable.
If you’ve got sweaty feet, there are options for you too. Many winter boots for women feature breathable fabrics and other technical wizardry to keep your feet dry, whether you're battling the elements or your own skin.
Lastly, the one material you want to avoid is all-over suede. If you’re only going to be city walking, or only bits of the uppers are suede, maybe. However, suede is not the best material to get wet or muddy as it is extremely difficult to clean. An alternative is nubuck leather, which is treated to give a suede-like effect but is a lot more durable.
So, now you know what kind of winter boots you need and how to recognise them, let's get into our top 10. From out-there fashionista snow shoes to durable hiking boots and thigh-high heels from royal boot-makers, one of these might just be your next favourite pair.
|Boot Type||Fashionable, practical|
|Style||Heeled slimline ankle boot|
|Comfort Features||Microfleece lining, rubber toe|
|Practical Features||Waterproof, traction sole|
|Materials||Synthetic upper, 90% wool inner, rubber sole, leather-wrapped heel|
|Style||Hiking ankle boot|
|Comfort Features||Soft breathable inner, Vibram sole|
|Practical Features||Weathertite inner, multidirectional grip soles|
|Materials||Leather, patent inner, rubber sole|
|Style||Padded ankle boot|
|Comfort Features||Warm 200 g insulation, 10 mm UGG wool lining, EVA midsole|
|Practical Features||Saw-toothed sole, adjustable strap|
|Materials||Synthetic, textile inners, rubber Sole|
|Style||Padded ankle boot|
|Comfort Features||Omni-heat breathable inner layer, changeable footbed|
|Practical Features||Traction sole, waterproof|
|Materials||Synthetic throughout, faux-fur lining|
|Style||Ankle boot with iconic Timberland branding|
|Comfort Features||Padded ankle supports, waterproofed seams|
|Practical Features||Waterproof, Ortholite sole|
|Materials||Nubuck outer, textile inner, rubber sole|
|Style||Brogue-style heeled knee-high boots|
|Comfort Features||Comfort insole|
|Practical Features||Zip-up or lace-up adjustments|
|Materials||Premium leather outer, synthetic inner, rubber sole|
|Comfort Features||Shock absorbing mids, Berghaus exclusive tri-opti soles|
|Practical Features||Full waterproofing, traction soles|
|Materials||Leather uppers, synthetic inners, vinyl acetate sole|
|Style||Knee-high riding boot with Barbour branding, Barbour pull tab, buckle and zip|
|Comfort Features||Cotton lining|
|Practical Features||Rubber anti-slip sole|
|Boot Type||Fashionable, practical|
|Comfort Features||Gore-Tex breathable inners, Thermoball insulation|
|Practical Features||Waterproof suede mudguard, winter grip gum sole|
|Materials||Synthetic outer, textile inner, rubber sole|
|Boot Type||Fashionable, practical|
|Style||Classic Doc Martens|
|Comfort Features||Faux fur lining, breathable inner|
|Practical Features||Slip-resistant sole|
|Materials||Leather, textile, rubber|
The North Face
Serena Faux Fur Lined Winter Boots
Women's Back-to-Berkeley Redux High Rise Hiking Boots
Rebecca Leather Knee High Outdoor Boots
Women's Expeditor Ridge 2.0 Waterproof Walking Boots
Protect Leather Lace Up Knee High Boots
Waterville 6 Inch Women's Boots
Heavenly Shorty Omni-Heat Snow Boot
Women's Montara Boot
Weathertite Women's High Rise Hiking Boots
Women's Slimpack Lace II Snow Boot
Comfortable but Durable Boots From a Cultural Touchstone Brand
Gorgeous Lightweight Trainer-Type Boot With Great Grip
Super-Warm Slip-On Winter Boots From the British Gentry’s Outfitter of Choice
An Ultra-Durable Hiking Boot for the Rugged All-Weather Walker
Classic German-Engineered Knee-Highs With Both Zip and Lace-Up Closing
The American Classic in a Range of Colours
Cute Winter Snow Boots With Removable Foot Bed
A Fashion Statement That Stands up Against Below Zero Temperatures
A Budget-Friendly Practical Option From a Classic UK Bootmaker
Microfleece Lining and a Cute Heel From the Outdoor Boot Experts
|Boot Type||Fashionable, practical||Fashionable, practical||Fashionable||Practical||Fashionable||Fashionable||Practical||Fashionable||Practical||Fashionable, practical|
|Style||Classic Doc Martens||Hiking boot||Knee-high riding boot with Barbour branding, Barbour pull tab, buckle and zip||Hiking boot||Brogue-style heeled knee-high boots||Ankle boot with iconic Timberland branding||Padded ankle boot||Padded ankle boot||Hiking ankle boot||Heeled slimline ankle boot|
|Comfort Features||Faux fur lining, breathable inner||Gore-Tex breathable inners, Thermoball insulation||Cotton lining||Shock absorbing mids, Berghaus exclusive tri-opti soles||Comfort insole||Padded ankle supports, waterproofed seams||Omni-heat breathable inner layer, changeable footbed||Warm 200 g insulation, 10 mm UGG wool lining, EVA midsole||Soft breathable inner, Vibram sole||Microfleece lining, rubber toe|
|Practical Features||Slip-resistant sole||Waterproof suede mudguard, winter grip gum sole||Rubber anti-slip sole||Full waterproofing, traction soles||Zip-up or lace-up adjustments||Waterproof, Ortholite sole||Traction sole, waterproof||Saw-toothed sole, adjustable strap||Weathertite inner, multidirectional grip soles||Waterproof, traction sole|
|Materials||Leather, textile, rubber||Synthetic outer, textile inner, rubber sole||Leather||Leather uppers, synthetic inners, vinyl acetate sole||Premium leather outer, synthetic inner, rubber sole||Nubuck outer, textile inner, rubber sole||Synthetic throughout, faux-fur lining||Synthetic, textile inners, rubber Sole||Leather, patent inner, rubber sole||Synthetic upper, 90% wool inner, rubber sole, leather-wrapped heel|
Looking for more cold-weather staples to keep you cosy, warm and dry? Whether it's the right coat for a rainy commute or the best loungewear to come home to, our related articles have you covered this winter!
So, there you have it – our favourite women's winter boots in the UK right now. We made sure to cover a range of styles and budgets, from fashion-first to ultra-practical, so any one of them could have jumped out as your new pair! Regardless of what you're doing next, we hope you stay warm and comfortable this winter season.
Author: David Weir
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