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12 Boots to Show Winter Who’s Boss

Office-appropriate footwear to survive the snowy season

ONE37pm watermark
December 12, 2018

When the snow starts to fall, the quality of your wardrobe gradually declines in tandem. Startlingly low temperatures mean that it's easy to sink into comfy clothes, forfeiting your business wares for business casual, at best.

 

The one spot that really suffers? Your feet. Salt is poured onto sidewalks en masse—perhaps the very worst thing for your nice dress shoes. And you definitely can't ruin those sneakers you spent a fortune on in the winter's slush and grime. Most importantly, you can't roll into the conference room wearing hiking boots. You're not an animal.

 

For boots that can easily transition from the slushy sidewalks to a stately boardroom, look no further. And you know what they say, confidence starts from the ground up.

Vince Counter Leather %26 Shearling Ankle Boots
Saks Fifth Avenue

Vince Counter Leather & Shearling Ankle Boots, $450

The shearling lining of these Vince boots will ensure that your tootsies are warm and toasty, but the rounded toe shape is chic enough for a meeting with your boss.

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Swims Motion Wingtip Boots
Saks Fifth Avenue

Swims Motion Wingtip Boots, $275

Swims’ boots are both functional and fashion forward. The striking blue hue takes these from dull to dope.

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Timberland Boot Company Gaiter 6 Inch Leather Boots
Saks Fifth Avenue

Timberland Boot Company Gaiter 6-Inch Leather Boots, $150

You can't go wrong with a good old Timberland boot, and this pair is striking. The color combo on the upper tongue is eye-catching, but chill enough for a day of work.

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Cole Haan Raymond Grand Chukka Boots
Saks Fifth Avenue

Cole Haan Raymond Grand Chukka Boots, $250

PSA: Most of Cole Haan’s shoes are waterproof. You can now rock a leather chukka to brave the snow, for a day at your desk and date night dinner after.

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Grenson Andy Hiking Boots
Saks Fifth Avenue

Grenson Andy Hiking Boots, $350

The lug sole of this boot is the deciding factor in whether it can weather the weather. With a sole-height of 38 centimeters, you'll float above the slush, literally and figuratively.

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BornPikeBootBrown
Zappos

Born Pike Boot, $145

Born’s Pike Boot is the updated rain boot. Easily slipped on in the a.m., the leather is coated in a waterproof construction that will keep your paws dry.

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Zappos

OluKai Hualalai Boot, $190

The shmanchy part of this pair of boots is the tweed insert. You'll feel right at home in this combination of leather and fabric and can undoubtedly walk tall through your office halls.

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DocMartenChelseaBootBlack
Zappos

Dr. Martens 2976 Wintergrip, $155

Ah, the classic Dr. Martens. They are grit– and salt–resistant, lined with warm fleece, and outfitted with a Wintergrip outsole. When wearing these, you can tromp through whatever precipitation comes your way and saunter into the office like a boss.

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DocMartenBootBlack
Zappos

Dr. Martens 1460 W, $140

The laced, big brother of the above, these Docs provide the same dependability as their relative. The shoe's upper and sole are heat-sealed and sewn together to ensure long-lasting wear. Also, they're hella cool.

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UGG Hannen Waterproof Boot%2C %24230
Nordstrom

UGG Hannen Waterproof Boot, $230

I know what you're thinking. UGGs aren't for the office. But these babies are sleek enough to peep out from your jeans or slacks at work. Lined in UGG's signature soft shearling, your toes will basically be napping all day while you crank. Naps at the bottom, crank up top.

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Cole Haan Pinch Utility Waterproof Boot%2C %24140
Nordstrom

Cole Haan Pinch Utility Waterproof Boot, $140

Cole Haan strikes again with an office-appropriate waterproof boot! The black colorway of this style offers flexibility in your wardrobe choices and can smarten up a cozy sweater day. I particularly love the chunky, lug sole.

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Nordstrom

Swims Motion Chukka Waterproof Boot, $250

It may seem impossible to wear a suede chukka in the snow, but Swims achieved the impossible. With a waterproof construction, you can have chic but dry comfort.

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