January 04, 2019 at 08:30AM
Picture this: You just put together the cutest outfit of new holiday picks—sleek leather leggings, an oversized cashmere turtleneck, and your fabulous gold hoops—when you remember the icy tundra that awaits outside of your front door. Um, your old snow boots will definitely cramp this “new year, new you” outfit you’re rocking.
Luckily, there are an endless amount of chic, cold weather-approved options that can add to your outfit, not take away from it, thanks to the fact that hiking boots are having a serious moment this season. And, contrary to popular belief, you can even still rock snow-approved heels.
“Most feet feel better in a low heel, rather than a very flat shoe,” says Dr. Ernest Isaacson, a New York City-based podiatrist. “A one-and-a-half- to two-inch heel is generally the sweet spot to relieve the pressure under the arch and heel and provide stability for the back of the foot.”
Of course, Isaacson says, it’s never a good idea to sacrifice toe comfort for the heel, so make sure there’s a generous amount of room in the front for the toes to spread out, busting out a pair of barre socks, and when in doubt, go with what feels best overall. So if flat is your preferred, by all means, stay grounded.
Ready to get outside? Here are 10 pairs of the best winter hiking boots to keep you warm and stylish.
Remember that miserable slush outside? Faux-fur lining and waterproof patent leather make it decidedly less miserable. Just remember to wear socks.
Rag & Bone Compass Boot, $695
A subtle pattern and chunky heel make these acceptable to wear from nine to five (and beyond).
Steve Madden Bitter Boot, $140
Combat meets chalet girl.
A rubber sole and shearling lining will do the trick nicely, but—just to be safe—you’ll probably want to double up on waterproofing spray on the olive suede.
Sorel Slimpack Lace II, $145
Let’s be real, this slim, lace-up style never gets old.
A higher cut on these means you can rock them with your cropped leggings without fear of freezing calves.
A millennial pink leather upper and wedge heel make these extra glam, without losing functionality.
Ditch the traditional duck boots for a fun plaid print.
Thanks to the warm wool liner and sneaker-inspired sole, you’ll have no problem wearing these all day long.
Entirely waterproof on the outside and outfitted with sherpa on the inside.
Part of the reason why there are so many good hiking boots on the market right now is because gorpcore is the buzzy new trend taking over fashion at the moment. And it’s not just influencing boots, but sneakers, too.