Winter Boot Trends

Though the shoe enthusiasts at Vionic believe you can rock boots year-round, there’s no denying that the footwear category is a wintertime staple. If you love these cold-weather kicks as much as we do, you’re probably constantly on the lookout for fresh styles. These recommendations are particularly helpful if you’ve ever wanted some extra tips for how to dress warm in cold weather.

Wondering which winter boot trends will be at the forefront of fashion this season? We rounded up the poshest picks below.

11 Women’s Boot Trends 2021

Not only do boots keep your feet and ankles warm and dry during the chilliest months of the year, but they also go with just about any ensemble. We’re talking jeans, dresses, jumpsuits, professional attire, formalwear, athleisure, loungewear, skirts, trousers, you name it.

With a finger on the pulse of the footwear industry, Vionic is keenly aware of which designs are hot for cold weather. The boot trends we’re loving this season include:

  • Chunky lug boots
  • Multi-material heeled booties
  • Wear-anywhere waterproof booties
  • Hiker-inspired lace-ups
  • Heeled hiker booties
  • Hidden heel wedges
  • Square-toe block-heel boots
  • Heeled lugs
  • Edgy leather lace-ups
  • Sneaker booties
  • Short riding boots

Keep reading to learn why we adore these boot styles for winter, along with styling tips and what to look for when shopping around.

1. Chunky Lug Boots

A hybrid of classic Chelsea boots and heavy-heeled combat boots, the chunky-heel lug boot is a modern wintertime staple.¹ This style has a wide elastic gore panel on the outer side, plus a handy pull tab on the heel and an inner zipper for effortless on/off.

The designs from Vionic have drum-dyed leather uppers, which are treated with a waterproof finish to keep your feet dry all winter long. With exaggerated rubber outsoles and a heel height of nearly 2 inches, chunky lug boots are everything we love about this season’s street fashion.


2. Multi-Material Heeled Boots

Another trend we’re seeing this winter is heeled boots with multi-material uppers. For instance, the styles from Vionic feature suede over the toe, heel, and forefoot with sweater-like knit textile around the ankles.

If you think these soft materials are unsuitable for wet weather, think again. Our designs boast water-resistant uppers and even waterproof, seam-sealed zippers. These semi-fancy, totally flossy shoes go with everything from skinny jeans and pressed trousers to shirt dresses and pencil skirts.

3. Wear-Anywhere Waterproof Booties

You’re wise to have a good pair of waterproof boots on hand during the coldest, wettest time of year. We’re big fans of weather-treated ankle boots with a modest heel of 1 to 2 inches.

Whether you’re into smooth leather, drum-dyed neutrals, or fierce animal print, you’ll find a style that speaks to you when you browse Vionic’s collection.


4. Hiker-Inspired Lace-Ups

Trail shoes are in this season. Best of all, you don’t have to walk bumpy paths or trek up steep hills to rock them—that is, unless you want to. Hiker-inspired lace-up boots are rugged and practical with a fashion-toward twist.

The styles from Vionic have waterproof canvas and leather uppers, seam-sealed zippers, and high-traction rubber outsoles with a slight platform. Our supportive orthotic footbeds are the icing on the cake of this immensely comfy, up-for-anything shoe.

5. Heeled Hiker Booties

Then there’s the heeled hiker bootie, which presents a wintertime glamping vibe. This laid-back, elevated style is endlessly versatile, going with everything from leggings and an oversized flannel to jeans and a parka.

The heeled hiker boots from Vionic have waterproof nubuck uppers and leak-proof zippers with monochrome laces and contrasting metal eyelets. As for the heel, you’re looking at just under 3 inches, the perfect height to elevate your look.

6. Hidden-Heel Wedges

If you crave a little height and have never heard of hidden-heel wedges, allow us to introduce you to your new favorite winter shoes. These high-top sneakerized boots boast a 2-inch heel lift, which is completely concealed within the shoe.

Vionic’s hidden-heel styles have smooth leather uppers and ultra-stretchy elastic bands instead of laces. And like all our footwear, they feature podiatrist-designed insoles to offer all-day arch support.

7. Square Toes and Block Heels

Vaguely vintage with a mild country appeal, square-toe heeled boots are all the rage this winter. This must-have bootie is chic yet practical with supremely soft leather uppers, an easy-on interior zipper, and a generous heel height of over 3 inches. Block heels are also a great addition for fall outfits with boots!

8. Heeled Lugs

Lug boots are having a moment this season, and we’re here for it. If you like the heavy-soled style but prefer elevated styles, heeled lugs have your name on them.

Vionic’s take on these chunky-chic shoes flaunts waterproof nubuck uppers, anti-leak interior zippers, pull tab on the backs, and a heel height of just under 3 inches. They’re sensible, stylish, and undeniably on-trend.

9. Edgy Leather Lace-Ups

Then you’ve got edgy leather lace-ups, a combat-inspired boot with a modern appeal.² The women’s styles from Vionic have tumbled leather uppers and monochrome laces with a shaft height of nearly 7 inches.

You’ll also appreciate that the interior zippers allow you to sidestep lacing them every time you put them on. While it’ll take a couple of weeks to break in these lace-ups, they’re infinitely more comfortable than yesteryear’s combat boots.

10. Sneaker Booties

For a more casual vibe, slip into a pair of sneaker booties. These sporty-chic city slickers come in both lace-up and zip-on styles with leather or suede uppers.

Vionic’s high-top sneaker boots for women have split-sole or lug treads, offering that thick, exaggerated effect that’s taking winter fashion by storm. What’s more, each pair has removable jersey-covered orthotic inserts to provide arch support and stability for hours on end.

11. Short Riding Boots

With a low heel and a modest shaft height, short riding boots offer a put-together effect and an air of practicality. The styles from Vionic don’t just look sensible—thanks to waterproof leather uppers and seam-sealed zippers, they’re designed to stand up to inclement weather.

Where to Buy the Best Women’s Boots for Your Wardrobe

Inspired by these winter shoe trends? Check out the collections from Vionic and try a few out for yourself. We carry a range of comfortable women’s boots, including chunky lug-sole boots, waterproof booties, sneaker boots, hidden-heel wedges, modish white boots, riding boots, desert boots, hiking boots, lace-ups, hiking-inspired shoes, duck boots, suede boots, leather boots, sock boots, and everything in between. If you’re wondering how boots should fit, we have all the answers for you.

Not only are our designs fashion-forward, but they’re also exceedingly comfortable. Each podiatrist-engineered pair is embedded with our exclusive Vio-Motion Support technology, offering stability and arch support while encouraging natural alignment.

Browse our selection of heeled booties and ankle boots today!


External Sources:

  1. Bella Gerard. “Fake-Out Heels & More 2021 Boot Trends You Should Be Shopping”. Stylecaster. Oct 21, 2021.
  2. Camille Freestone. “Experts Share The Biggest Winter Boot Trends To Shop Now”. Coveteur.

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