When you live in a city that will see you at least ankle deep in snow for the entire winter season, a pair of boots that straddle the line between style and practically is a must. With the help of these lace ups, there’s no need to compromise your exterior cool to overcome snow drifts, while on weekend errand runs.

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The Splurge: Taiga Ranger Leather Boots by Balmain
The Deal: 1460 Patent Lamper Boot by Dr. Martens

Chances are, sometime between now and February, you’re going to find yourself in snow globe country, and you’ll want to dress the part. For survival (cold toes are so much worse when coupled with wet socks) and some winter hyperbole, stay warm with one of these boots. Snowball fight optional.

 

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The Splurge: The Weslyn Faux-Fur-Trimmed Toggle Snow Boot by Aquatalia
The Deal: Tumbled Leather Snow Boot by L.L. Bean

Let’s face it, winter sucks for fashion—especially when it comes to shoes. Pavement covered in snow and slush is hardly ideal when trying to figure out shoes to match cocktail attire for holiday parties, or when looking for something head-turning to slip onto one’s feet come Valentine’s Day. Limited though the season’s choices may be, a block heel boot will keep you both stylish and sturdy, while a little height up the legs, will do well to raise more than just your sole temperature.

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The Splurge: Babies 90s Suede Booties by Saint Laurent
The Deal: High Heel Leather Boots with Laces by Zara

This time of year, when the East Coast gets snow, the West Coast often gets rain. Should you live in one of those areas where an umbrella is something you carry nine months out of the year, a good pair of rubber boots is an investment that will see you through more than just the winter. Make your wellies a perennial standout and opt for a pop of colour, or go sleek and chic with a hidden heal and buckle detail.

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The Splurge: Belted Chelsea Rain Boots by Burberry
The Deal: Original Tall Gloss Rain Boots by Hunter

Not everyone in the world takes an Uber to and from work on a daily basis. For “normies” that ride the subway, avoid footwear that will have you pulling a Mr. Rogers-style shoe change at the office. Instead, go for a pair of booties that look smart and function even smarter, in other words: wipeout proof. Try booties with a chunky square heel for more conservative offices environments or, should your workplace have a higher ratio of people named Fern than Margret, take on snowy streets with trendy platforms—stellar foot support guaranteed.

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The Splurge: Jensen Bordeaux Chelsea Boot by Acne Studios
The Deal: Platform Leather Ankle Boots by Mango

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