16 Boots That Will Help You Step Up Your Winter Fashion Game (Photos)

Winter tends to be a double-edged sword.

On one hand, winter means the return of miserable, chilling weather that cuts through you like a knife.

I happen to be one of those people who is always cold AF in normal weather, let alone polar vortex temps, so I know first hand how unbearable this time of year can be.

But on the upside, the dropping temps mean you can finally break out all of those insanely stylish cold-weather ensembles.

Let's face it, like most ladies, I'd rather be fabulous and freezing than warm in something unstylish.

While most people obsess over fur vests and chunky sweaters, my favorite winter fashion staple has always been boots.

Lots and lots of boots.

You should never fall victim to a pair of fugly rubber boots just because there's a little snow on the ground.

From classic Chelsea boots and embellished ankle boots to over-the-knee renditions, there are all sorts of beautiful #OOTD worthy boots out there.

So we set out to find a bunch of badass boots that will inspire you to step up your footwear fashion game and give all of your friends some serious shoe envy.

Take a look at the pictures below to see some sweater-weather approved shoe trends.

Lucite Heel Boots

Block Heel Ankle Boots

Embellished Combat Boots

Pointy-Toe Ankle Boots

Multi-Buckle Boots

Over-The-Knee Boots

Python Print Boots

Oxblood Boots

Tassel Ankle Boots

Lace-Up Over-The-Knee Boots

Metal Heel Ankle Boots

Fringe Boots

Cut-Out Ankle Boots

Gray Suede Knee-High Boots

Leopard Booties

Patchwork Boots