Every year they eventually become a necessity—not sleek, pretty, leather boots, but down-to-business, weather-proof, maybe-shearling-lined true winter boots. It’s easy enough to stash a pair of flats in your bag to change into at the office, but if you’re going to be outdoors, running errands, or just generally spending a significant amount of time in these serious shoes, here are a few simple tips for making them look great.
1. Pick a pair with great details. Design elements that reflect your personal style—whether that means sequins, studs, or a fun bright color—will help incorporate boots into your wardrobe and keep them from looking so, well, functional.
2. No sweatpants. Avoid looking sloppy by pairing bulky boots with something slim, like skinny jeans or leggings.
3. Embrace their nature. Winter boots were made to be a bit rugged, so if you’re going to wear them all day, go with that. Dresses and skirts can be tricky to pull off, but duck boots look classic paired with denim and a cute sweater.