If there’s one good thing about the weather turning colder, it’s the chance to wear winter boots. Here you’ll find the best winter boots for women in stores now.

A great pair of boots can not only keep you warm and dry, but can give an outfit real impact.

We show you the best winter boots for women that you won’t be able to resist.

Why a pair of women’s winter boots can elevate your style

A great pair of boots can make a huge difference to the overall look of your outfit.

Just think about the difference a pair of knee-length boots can make to even the simplest of outfits.

A pair of boots to a classic outfit of jeans and a sweater will make it instantly special.

Wearing the best winter boots for women with jeans and sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Leo (above) opts for tonal shades of brown, tan and mustard. She even has a matching dog!

Here is a similar pair of knee high boots from Nordstrom.

You will wear your boots many times over the winter season, so it’s definitely worth investing in a pair of the best winter boots for women that you love.

What are the essential boots for your closet?

Of course, you can just choose one pair of boots for winter, but ideally, you will have different boots to take you through different occasions, and different weather.

1. A pair of knee-high riding boots

You could opt for a heel, but riding boots are traditionally flat, making them a versatile option for casual days.

best winter boots for women - Vionic knee high boot | 40plusstyle.com

Vionic Mayes knee high boot

2. A pair of take-you-anywhere ankle booties

Such a great transitional investment, ankle booties can take your summer dresses into fall. Just add a pair of tights or leggings and a moto jacket and you’re good to go.

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Caslon Nora bootie

3. A pair of dress boots

You might want a dressier pair of boots that you can wear to the office, or for dinner, or with your little black dress.

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J.Crew Fiona kitten heel bootie

4. A pair of snow boots

Boots don’t just have to look great. They also have to be functional in cold and wet weather. If you live or are visiting somewhere where you may get rain, slush and snow, you may also want a pair of snow boots.

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The North Face Shellista III winter boot

How to choose a pair of stylish winter boots

But, first, how to choose a pair of winter boots? Here are some questions to ask yourself.

Do I want a timeless pair or a trendy option?

If you are looking to build up a capsule wardrobe that you can wear year after year, you will want a timeless pair (or pairs) of boots like a classic pair of Chelsea ankle booties, like those Dawn is wearing below, or a pair of knee-high riding boots.

The best winter boots for women will be different for everyone depending on your style.

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But, if you already have those things in your closet, you might choose to add a pair of boots in a style that is bang-on trend for this season.

You can find a similar pair of chelsea ankle boots from Blondo.

For inspiration, take a look at these fall 2019 shoe trends.

What weather will my boots have to withstand?

Obviously, you are looking for boots which are both practical AND stylish. But which is most important to you?

If your boots need to withstand wet or snowy outdoor weather, you will need to make sure that they are functional as well as choosing a style you love.

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Julia (above) perfectly matches her boots with her long-line cardigan.

Here is a similar pair of knee high boots you may want to check out.

What will I be using them for?

Are your boots for casual walks, for example? Or will you be wearing them to work? Or for a night out to wear with a dress?

What is my style personality?

A pair of boots can express your style personality like no other item in your closet.

For example, you may choose a totally timeless pair if you have a classic style personality, or you may choose a pair of Dr. Martens if you like an edgier style like Erin below.

If you aren’t sure what your style personality is, you can take this fun quiz to find out.

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What do I want to wear underneath?

If you are choosing your boots for walking through snow or rain, you may wish to make sure that you can fit a pair of thick socks on with them.

Or, if you are wearing just with a pair of opaque tights and a dress, you can look for a pair of boots with a snugger fit.

How much are you prepared to maintain them?

For instance, if you choose a pair of suede boots, you will have to make sure you use a protective spray and try to avoid wet weather if you can.

A leather pair will be easier to clean.

What heel height am I happy with?

This will partly come down to how happy you are in heels on a day-to-day basis, but also what you are using your boots for.

If you are just heading to dinner and sitting down, a three-inch heel is fine, for example, but you don’t want to be tottering around in the snow in heels.

Do I want a comfort option?

If you have plantar fasciitis, for example, or need arch support, you may prefer to choose a comfort brand of boots.

You’ll find plenty of ideas here in the best shoes with arch support.

The 12 best winter boots for women this season

So, having thought about what boots you already have in your closet, and where the gaps in your wardrobe are, which are the best boots to buy this season?

Warm boots for women

If you live in colder climes, you may which to think about faux fur or sheepskin lining to keep you warm.

Ara Magaly Waterproof Gore-Tex Faux Fur Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Ara Magaly Waterproof Gore-Tex Faux Fur Boot

knee high winter boots

A classic pair of knee-high boots will never go out of style.

If you have a classic style personality, these are the perfect addition to your closet.

Calvin Klein Freeda Knee High Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Calvin Klein Freeda Knee High Boot

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Tanasha (above) wears a classic pair of tan riding boots with her jeans.

Check out this similar pair of knee high boots.

over the knee boots

A pair of over-the-knee boots can add real impact to your outfit.

If you still like to keep your look fairly low-key, you could wear with a simple pair of skinny jeans and a sweater, along with your winter coat.

Dolce Vita Dorien Over the Knee Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Dolce Vita Dorien Over the Knee Boot

women’s riding boots

Another pair of classic riding boots for you.

Cole Hann Isabell Stretch Back Riding Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Cole Hann Isabell Stretch Back Riding Boot

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Patricia (above) wears a tonal outfit of blacks and browns.

You can find a similar pair of riding boots from Naturalizer.

short winter boots

Of course, your winter boots needn’t be knee-high or over the knee. You could wear a pair of booties with your jeans, pants or dresses.

Naturalizer Blaire Bootie | 40plusstyle.com

Naturalizer Blaire Bootie

women’s winter fashion boots

If you are looking for a trendy pair of boots to add to your closet, then slouch boots were one of the big trends for fall 2019.

Take a look at the best shoe trends for fall 2019.

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Splendid Phoenix Boot

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Sarah (above) wears a pair of slouch boots under her maxi skirt.

Check out this similar pair of pointed toe boots.

tall winter boots

You could also opt for a pair of tall winter boots with a heel if you prefer a pair which are a little dressier or you want to add height.

Bella Vita Kassidy II Knee High Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Bella Vita Kassidy II Knee High Boot

winter dress boots

These dress boots will stand out from the crowd because of their interesting heel.

Carvela Comfort Veil Knee High Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Carvela Comfort Veil Knee High Boot

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Gitte (above) teams her slouch boots with a red dress and accessorizes with a black necklace.

You can find a similar pair of knee high leather boots from Nordstrom.

leather winter boots

A pair of leather winter boots should be a good investment for years to come, particularly if you choose a style which won’t date.

Sam Edelman Prisilla Knee High Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Sam Edelman Prisilla Knee High Boot

furry winter boots

To add warmth and comfort, you could opt for a pair of furry or sheepskin boots, particularly if you are planning a few cold-weather walks.

Franco Sarto Rosella Waterproof Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Franco Sarto Rosella Waterproof Boot

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Annette (above) opts for a pair of fur-lined boots.

Get this similar pair of fur winter boots.

rubber boots for women

A pair of wellington boots is always a practical option when it’s raining. For style points you could opt for a air in autumnal burgundy.

Hunter Original Insulated Tall Rain Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Hunter Original Insulated Tall Rain Boot

best snow boots for women

If you are looking for a pair of boots to really keep your feet warm and cozy, it’s worth investing in a stylish pair of snow boots.

Santana Canada Majesta Luxe Waterproof Winter Boot | 40plusstyle.com

Santana Canada Majesta Luxe Waterproof Winter Boot

Women’s wide calf boots

Of course, just as with clothing, there’s no one-size-fits-all. If you are struggling to find tall boots which fit your calves, you may be more comfortable in a pair of boots specially designed for wide calves.

For stylish wide calf options take a look at the best boots for wide calves this winter.

Continue reading:

  1. Trendy Shoes And The Best Shoe Trends For Winter And Fall 2019
  2. The Best Wide Calf Boots For Winter And Fall
  3. The Best Winter Coats For Women This Season And How To Choose A Coat

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