10 Pairs of Snow Boots That Aren’t So Ugly

With the storm that has already shut down the Metro for the weekend, started a grocery-store panic, and turned us into shut-ins, the snow season in DC is officially upon us. If you don’t already have snow boots for this weekend, you’re a little late to run out and purchase some now. But if you’re looking to invest in a pair that will last you the rest of the winter and beyond, you might as well go for boots that are stylish enough to be worn even when they aren’t buried in snow. Here’s ten pairs that don’t resemble marshmallow boots of your childhood, that you’ll actually be proud to wear the rest of the winter months.


These may look like your average leather riding boots, but these won’t let your socks get soggy. Waterproof riding boots Teva De La Vina Wool Riding Boot, $180 at DSW.


This combat boot-like style will keep you snug with its faux fur cuff. Northside Women’s Sloan Insulated Fashion Boot, $60 on Amazon.


Not all Ugg boots turn into a soppy mess in the snow. These riding boot-style Uggs are waterproof. Ugg Thomsen Waterproof Leather Knee High Boot, $225 at Nordstrom.


The thick rubber sole will help you grip the ice-covered pavement while blocking out the half-melted slush that accumulates on street corners. Sperry for J. Crew Shearwater Short Pull-on Boots, $155 at J. Crew.


The warm Shearling lining in these stylish booties will keep your toes from freezing. Shearling lining, leather upper, rubber souls Born Kaia Cold Weather Booties, $180 at Macy’s.


If you need to wear heels in the snow, you’re better off with a pair of heeled booties with BareTraps’ Stay Dry System that uses “leather infused with water resistant properties.” BareTraps Zeldie boots, $110 at Footwear Unlimited.


The super-thick rubber soles on these hiker boots will help keep you from face-planting on the pavement. Sam Edelman Kane Hiker Boot, $90 at Urban Outfitters.


These gorgeous leather boots only get better: they’re waterproof, and the seams are sealed to keep any melted slush from seeping in. Blondo Viva Waterproof Tall Boot, $285 at Nordstrom.


The sturdy nylon upper will hold up against the elements while the snug faux fur lining will keep your toes snug. Lucky Brand Alascan Tall Lace-Up Faux-Fur Hiker Booties, $139 at Macy’s.


This pair has the winter boot trifecta: leather upper for looks, wool lining for warmth, and rubber soles for grip. Ugg Elsa Lace Up Cold Weather Boots, $250 at Bloomingdale’s.

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.