When it’s cold, wet and miserable outside you may want nothing more than a comfy pair of UGGs to keep you warm and dry. But when you are hitting the town for drinks or heading to that business meeting, you’ll need something a bit more stylish. You won’t have to sacrifice coziness for these fashionable boots.
Leave it to Italian shoemakers to develop boots as fierce as the Elena. These “sky-high” leather boots by Ross*Snow are weatherproof and can worn in multiple ways: over the knee, slouchy or folded over to show off the interior’s shearling fur lining. The leather is hand-burnished and available in Espresso, Black/Silver and Morning Dove (shown). ($595; Ross•Snow)
Sam Edelman’s Abrie
Take a classic rain boot and morph it into a traditional riding boot and you have the Abrie, a sensible yet polished boot by Sam Edelman—it even has a removable (and cinchable) puff top for a cute play on winter boots. Made with waterproof PVC and metallic nylon, the boots harken back to your days wearing moon boots as a kid, but far more fun when paired with tights and a sweater dress. Available in black (shown), as well as white with blue puffer and grey with metallic silver puffer. ($200; Sam Edelman)
Renowned for making all-purpose, durable shoes and boots with a bit of zip, Sorel’s Joan of Arctic waterproof boots have long been a favorite of women enduring cold winters. The Wedge II Shearling version goes from day to night with a leather and suede exterior, shearling and microfleece interior and a rubber sole that will keep you upright on slippery sidewalks, all in a 3-inch wedge heel. It’s available in Cattail (shown), Camel Brown and Black. ($250; Sorel)
Kodiak’s All-Season Ankle Boot
The company making rugged weather boots since 1910 keeps it simple but oh-so-stylish with its original all-season, fully waterproof ankle boot. Meant to handle snow and slush, the leather is seam-sealed to keep out moisture with a microfiber lining to keep feet from overheating. The rubber sole saves you from embarrassing slips with a low heel. These do-it-all boots come in red (shown), olive, pewter grey and black. ($155; Kodiak)
UGG’s Classic Mondri Cuff
So, you really can’t give up your UGGs? Give yourself an upgrade with these sheepskin 4-inch wedges. These ankle boots add a bit of vamp to your wardrobe with UGG’s traditional rubber sole and sheep suede that not only give you a lift but keep your toes warm. You have a choice between Chestnut or Black (shown). ($595; UGG)
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