Although we already broke down the essential fall boots, with winter comes a different set of challenges—weather notwithstanding. Apart from constantly being battered by the elements, winter boots must survive the grime, grit and general filth the harsh season leaves behind. Whether it's a thick lug sole for stability or a tall shaft to ensure your feet stay dry, each boot on this list is picked with utility in mind. That said, aesthetics were not an afterthought. Rather, each selection was chosen precisely because it is intended to look better with age. Each boot below was designed with longevity in mind, and as such will no doubt look better next season that the one before.

Wear these hard, wear them tough, and they will quickly transform into the most beautiful boots you own. Below, discover the best boots to buy this winter.

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