Although the first snowfall in New York doesn’t typically hit until late November or early December, you can never be too prepared when it comes to winter’s extremely unpredictable weather. Facing everything from flash floods and sleet storms to bomb cyclones and snow, a solid pair of snow boots is the most practical item to buy this fall. Don’t let the winter elements catch you by surprise—and better yet you should be keeping those beautiful fall boots, mules, and loafers free from salt stains and slushy streets.
No matter if you’re looking at a snow-filled commute, a chic mountain getaway, or a morning spent shoveling the driveway, plenty of durable styles will keep your feet as warm and dry as they make your outfits cool and winter-ready, from equestrian-inspired Wellies and shearling riding boots to the street-style set’s favorite hiker boots, which come complete with heavy-duty lug soles to withstand any kind of weather (including a frigid New York Fashion Week come February). Water-resistant stitching and rubber soles make heeled pairs a safe option (without sacrificing personal style) when heading out into the snow, while waterproof duck boots and soft puffer styles offer a more traditional take. Meanwhile shearling-lined lace-ups are the ultimate boots to take you from the city to the slopes—and will also give your look a dose of après-ski chic.
Below, shop 24 pairs of the best snow boots of the season before the first snowfall hits or even worse—before they sell out.