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Winter boot trend: Go bold

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These boots were made for style

For some of us, winter boots are our sole inspiration for getting out of our warm, cozy beds on cold winter mornings. This winter, it's all about embellishment and experimentation. Our hit list includes all of the hottest styles of the season but the real runway magic is in the detail.

Most of the styles below are offered both classically and kicked up a notch, adorned with buckles, studs, chains or sequins and in funky fabrics, such as faux fur, animal skin and colorful suede. Bottom line: 'Tis the season to be daring with your feet - flirt with fringe, fall in love with laces or bow down to a darling bow.

Giddy up

You don't have to dress the cowgirl part to rock western boots – in fact, you shouldn't. With this season's modernized twist on the trend, cowboy boots or booties are an unexpected and adorable addition to a very urban LBD or a skinny jeans ensemble.

 Giddy up

Take it higher

Leg-lengthening and ultra-daring over-the-knee boots are the showstopper pair of this season. To avoid a street corner-esque look, steer clear of pairing the boots with 80s clothes or anything too revealing. If you are really worried about the tramp factor, opt for a colored pair, a chunkier heel versus a stiletto, and a sleek, non-embellished look to ensure classiness.

Take it higher

Effortlessly chic

The slouch boot has a uniquely casual yet sophisticated look not attained by any other boot in the season's collection. Able to instantly convert a nothing-special outfit into one to take notice of, the slouch boot is a must-have in winter's shoe wardrobe and they look equally fabulous with a flat, kitten or platform heel.

Effortlessly chic

Less is more

The most versatile of the season's gallery of boot trends, the ankle boot can be worn with just about anything – dresses (knee-length or above), jumpers, leggings, skinny jeans – with socks, tights, knee highs or bare legged. These mini boots have the power to make anything look fiercer and more fun so make sure whatever you are wearing, including your attitude, can handle it.

Less is more

Peek-a-boo

Peep-toes and cut-outs aren't really boot structures on their own and can exist on any of the aforementioned styles. But because they are undeniably stunning and standout in this season's suite of offerings, they warrant special mentioning. If there is one pair of boots that you don't need this season but want to treat yourself to, this is the pair. And if cold climate practicality is deterring you from picking up a pair, they look equally gorgeous with tights. So what's your excuse now?!

 Peek-a-boo

The new Ugg

Undeniably cute and cozy too, knit sweater boots are the most purposeful of all the hottest boots trends this winter. Part slipper, part boot, once you slip into this pair, you may never want to take them off. Make sure you look for a pair that has built-in sock liners to absorb moisture so your toes stay dry and snuggly.
The new Ugg

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