Winter brings a raft of challenges for fashionistas - stilettos slipping across treacherous ice; meticulously chosen outfits hidden underneath bulky coats; and the constant battle to stay warm without wrapping yourself in duvets and hot water bottles.
This is the season for practical clothing which keeps you warm and dry. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for three months of the year.
No matter how much you may try to resist it, winter will just keep on happening year after year. So why not make this the year you invest in a pair of stylish winter boots? We’ve scoured the high street to find eight of the cosiest, comfiest and coolest boots no matter your budget.
For cosy feet...The classic short UGG boot has become a bit of a style icon. Lined with the warmest sheepskin, they are comfier than most slippers, but the neutral colours (they only come in tan or black) and simple design make them surprisingly versatile.
For the truly glamorous...No one said that winter boots have to be flat boots... These stretchy over-the-knee boots look great worn with black tights or a knee-length skirt and the block heel makes walking a doddle.
For active weekends...Timberland boots have been popular for more than 30 years and for good reason – they are tough enough to stomp about in, with soles that can grip even the iciest surface and the classic tan lace-ups look equally great with jeans, shorts and dresses. Look to super-fans Rihanna, Cara Delavigne and Gwen Stefani for more tips on how to wear them.
For grungy chic...Doc Martens always add a grungy touch to any outfit and they are available in a huge range of styles, from the classic lace-ups to embroidered or painted versions. The thick soles are great for managing slippery pavements and keeping the water out, so you run around in the snow without getting cold toes!
For sheer versatility...Everyone needs a pair of boots that will go with anything, anytime. These knee-high boots by Miss KG are warm enough to wear in the winter, and they can easily be dressed up or down.
For trans-seasonal appeal...The perfect biker boot can be worn in any weather. In the summertime, pair with bare legs and a sundress and in winter wear them with thick tights or jeans. This pair by Dune are super-stylish, thanks to the slight heel and lace-up details.
For when you win the lottery...Trust Jimmy Choo to make a perfectly nice pair of winter boots and slap a £1,000 price tag on them. These appliqued ankle boots are so pretty that you’d never want to wear them outside the house.
For a playful nod to fashion...Feathers and fur are all over the catwalk at the moment, and these faux fur-trimmed winter boots pay homage to haute couture without the hefty price tag.
Whether you plan to spend your winter starting snowball fights, or shopping the sales, you're going to need a good pair of boots to see you through. Find your perfect pair of women’s winter boots and your feet will be eternally grateful.