The trendy winter boots I’m adding to my closet for the months to come

If there’s one thing I always add to my cart, it’s a colorful new sneaker – while working from home I didn’t need anything more dressy. But as winter and the real world sets in, I know it’s high time I invested in big girl boots. As a fashion editor, it’s my job to learn about trends, and my job often requires me to attend appointments for upcoming collections or analyze samples all over New York City, which makes me feel brings to see tons of shiny new things. However, I still have my impulse shopping moments in the middle of the night, and new boots weighed on my mind at 3am. Throughout this season’s dates, the sneaker lover in me has sized the trendy winter boots that justify stepping away from my usual sneakers.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of the boots. However, due to a combination of bad ankles and years of opting for platform sneakers, my discomfort threshold is low and my desire for versatility is quite high. I need to find a pair of boots that can take me from the office to the bar and back home without binding my feet or hurting my ankles. But of course, they also have to be trendy. So my journey for a durable, functional and fashionable boot begins. Since forecasting trends is part of my daily job, I am disclosing five key winter boot trends that will meet my needs for the coming months: Sheepskin Boots, Notched Sole Riding Boots , kitten heel boots, après ski boots, and platform boots.

Below, I’ve broken down each of these trends and obviously shared my top picks for your shopping pleasure.

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Fur-lined boots

With Uggs making their glorious comeback, it’s no surprise that the boots with fur are back. Some pairs are lined or have sheepskin accents like the Roger Vivier and Gianvito Rossi options, while others have a fuzzy exterior like Valentino’s. I prefer these plush boots in neutral color palettes like beige, brown, and white to keep my outfit from looking too over the top.

Riding boots with notched sole

The spiked sole has a moment in shoe trends, including loafers, sneakers, combat boots, and Chelsea boots. This version of the chunky sole looks like a sleek Chelsea boot, but with the classic knee height of a riding style and the chunky sole of something that belongs to mud. Some of my favorite luxury brands have created their own versions, including Bottega Veneta, Prada, and contemporary brand Ganni.

Kitten heel boots

A comfortable but still chic alternative to the pointy toe bootie is this feminine version with kitten heels. This sensible shoe option comes in many forms, from the zebra-print mid-calf boots by Isabel Marant to the peach thigh-high boots by Brother Vellies. I can wear this style with my favorite pants at the office or with a mini dress on a date and never worry about a misstep on the uneven pavement or a rolled ankle.

Apres Ski Boots

The après-ski attitude is taking hold of fashion this season, encompassing trends like quilted clothing, knit hoods and ready-to-snow boots. Designers such as Balmain, Chanel and Miu Miu have looked at the ski bunny feeling on the piste and thus quilted, puffer boots have asserted their claim in the trend cycle. These boots are perfect for my mountain getaway or ski retreat, but can also be used in my casual winter wardrobe with sweatshirts or jeans.

Platform boots

Comfort might not be the first word that comes to mind when you see a super high platform, but the right one might change your mind as it offers a stable block heel. Following this season’s runway, these Y2K-inspired platforms feel both modern and like a kitsch throwback. In soft colors with subtle details, I’ll wear these on-trend boots with flared pants and a dramatic long coat.

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