The 16 Absolute Best Boots For All Your Winter-Weather Needs

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In real life, the phrase "winter is coming" can strike as much fear into our hearts as it does for any "Game of Thrones" fan. It sends us into a panic of mental — and physical — preparation, which usually begins with our wardrobes. Great pairs of boots are essential, and if you're wondering where to start, we've got you covered. Just consider these 16 styles your guide to the warmest well-soled footwear you could ask for. Some are plush and suede-covered, others fully functional and waterproof for days in the mountains or dodging puddles in the city. But, they're all comfortable, easy to move in, and will be your go-to when snow and rain are the dominant weather patterns.

The best part about these boots is that they're functional and fashionable. From all-white styles that are as sleek as can be to luxe furry pairs that can brave even the nastiest windchill, you'll be prepared in these boots. The best part is, these boots are cute enough that even if the sun does come out, you'll still be happy in these styles. Whatever your need, it's here, so start shopping!

Additional reporting by Hannah Weil McKinley

Classic Chelsea Boots: Sam Edelman Laguna Chelsea Waterproof Boots
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Classic Chelsea Boots: Sam Edelman Laguna Chelsea Waterproof Boots

We're stocking up on these Sam Edelman Laguna Chelsea Waterproof Boots ($119, originally $180). They're adorable, they're weatherproof, and they come in so many colors. If you're someone who wants a sleek boot that just so happens to be useful in winter weather, we'd highly recommend these boots.

An Affordable Winter Boot: Dream Pairs Mid Calf Winter Snow Boots
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An Affordable Winter Boot: Dream Pairs Mid Calf Winter Snow Boots

These Dream Pairs Mid Calf Winter Snow Boots ($39, originally $68) are affordable, so you're practically required to get them. They'll be a great option when the snow starts to fall, and would also make for a nice, affordable holiday gift.

Cute, Casual Rain Boots: Jeffrey Campbell Cloudy Waterproof Chelsea Rain Boot
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Cute, Casual Rain Boots: Jeffrey Campbell Cloudy Waterproof Chelsea Rain Boot

With the fun platform and thick sole, these Jeffrey Campbell Cloudy Waterproof Chelsea Rain Boots ($65) will help you weather any storm. Plus, they're super affordable. Rain or snow, these boots will help you get prepared, but if the sun comes out, they're still cute!

Cozy, Classic Boots: L.L.Bean Signature Wicked Good Boots
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Cozy, Classic Boots: L.L.Bean Signature Wicked Good Boots

These L.L.Bean Signature Wicked Good Boots ($269) are warm, cozy, and classic. Winter weather is no match for these boots. The important thing to note for this boot is that sizing can be tricky. We'd consult the size guide on the website, because it takes into account both your normal shoe size and the kinds of socks you'd plan to wear with these boots.

Editor-Loved Rain Boots: Hunter Commando Chelsea Boots
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Editor-Loved Rain Boots: Hunter Commando Chelsea Boots

These Hunter Commando Chelsea Boots ($119, originally $170) are the classic rain boots you'll come to rely on all throughout the winter and spring. They come in a bunch of colors, but we're partial to the green shade, and you can read all about why we love them in our review of the Hunter Commando Chelsea Boots.

Winter White Boots: Sorel Explorer II Joan Boots
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Winter White Boots: Sorel Explorer II Joan Boots

These Sorel Explorer II Joan Boots ($123, originally $165) are actually comfortable, and look like you're wearing a teddy coat, but on your feet. We want to wear them every time we leave the house.

Lug Sole Boots: Everlane The Rain Boot
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Lug Sole Boots: Everlane The Rain Boot

We'd throw on these Everlane The Rain Boots ($85) anytime, anywhere. The lug sole is so on trend right now, and plus, they're on sale, so now's a great time to shop. Paired with thick socks, they'll help you brave the elements.

A Designer Snow Boot: Moncler Ginette Knit Cuff Leather Rain Boot
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A Designer Snow Boot: Moncler Ginette Knit Cuff Leather Rain Boot

If you need us, we'll be dreaming of these Moncler Ginette Knit Cuff Leather Rain Boots ($400). They look so comfortable and cozy, and if you want something elegant and elevated, these are the boots we'd pick. Plus, they have the perfect little lift.

Shearling Rain Boots: Hunter Original Insulated Slipper Boot
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Shearling Rain Boots: Hunter Original Insulated Slipper Boot

Stay warm in these Hunter Original Insulated Slipper Boots ($150). They've got a shearling inside, which we love, and are super warm, which is rare for a rain boot. Plus, they've got good traction, so you won't go slipping and sliding.

A Utilitarian Boot: Timberland 6 Inch Premium Waterproof Boots
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A Utilitarian Boot: Timberland 6 Inch Premium Waterproof Boots

They're classics for a reason. We love sporting these Timberland 6 Inch Premium Waterproof Boots ($170) all season long. The iconic tan boots will never go out of style, but we love the all black look. There's also a pink pair if you're feeling something different.

A Lace Up Boot: Sorel Brex Lace Bootie
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A Lace Up Boot: Sorel Brex Lace Bootie

Whatever the day brings, this Sorel Brex Lace Bootie ($200) will be a good choice. It's comfortable, versatile, and actually looks good. We love the structured sole, and think it takes a classic snow boot to the next level. It comes in three colors, but you can never go wrong with black.

Furry Boots: Montelliana Clara Shearling Lined Boots
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Furry Boots: Montelliana Clara Shearling Lined Boots

These Montelliana Clara Shearling Lined Boots ($565) will keep you warm all winter. Frankly, we'd brave the snow if it meant we could wear these. They have shearling on both the inside and outside, and they're supremely comfortable.

A Slip On Boot: Dr. Martens Leonore Sherpa Chelsea Boots
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A Slip On Boot: Dr. Martens Leonore Sherpa Chelsea Boots

These Dr. Martens Leonore Sherpa Chelsea Boots ($135, originally $180) are the kind of boots you can throw on, and they'll go with basically any outfit. The sherpa lining is so cozy, and a winter essential. You can feel good about braving the elements in these boots.

A Neutral Boot: Diemme Balbi Shearling Duck Boots
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A Neutral Boot: Diemme Balbi Shearling Duck Boots

These Diemme Balbi Shearling Duck Boots ($379) are impossibly chic. We love the combo of the rubber and the suede, plus the shearling lining is essential. Consider this the winter boot of our dreams, the boot of the person who's got their life together.

A Tall Winter Boot: Jimmy Choo Yomi Shearling-lined Leather Boots
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A Tall Winter Boot: Jimmy Choo Yomi Shearling-lined Leather Boots

These luxurious Jimmy Choo Yomi Shearling-lined Leather Boots ($992) are so cool. We normally see shearling boots that are ankle height or maybe mid-calf, but a full tall boot is kind of epic, and so cozy! They look sleek and sophisticated, plus they have the warm shearling lining.

A Super Cozy Boot: UGG Lakesider Hertiage Boot
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A Super Cozy Boot: UGG Lakesider Hertiage Boot

Throw these UGG Lakesider Hertiage Boots ($150) on, and head out the door. They've got the classic UGG shearling inside, which is always a good idea. Coupled with the sole that actually provides traction, you can take on any situation in these cute shoes.