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, (and in no particular order) discover our favorite boots to buy this winter.

The Best Boots to Buy For Winter
1. Timberland 6-Inch Boot
2. Blundstone 500 Leather Chelsea Boot
3. Prada Brixxen Leather Chelsea Boot
4. Dior "Navigate" Combat Boot
5. Alyx x Roa Hiking Boot
6. Paraboot Avoriaz Hiking Boot
7. Ann Demeulemeester Vitello Boot
8. Visvim Decoy Duck Boots
9. Dr. Martens 1460 Boot
10. L.L. Bean Bean Boot
11. Danner Mountain Light
12. Red Wing Classic Moc Toe
13. Rick Owens Mega Bozo Tractor Boots
14. Salomon Snowcross Advance

Tags: salomon-snowcross, salomon, rick-owens, red-wing, danner-mountain-light, danner, l-l-bean, ll-bean, dr-martens-1460, dr-martens, fall-style, fall-fashion, winter-fashion, winter-style, visvim, ann-demeulemeester, roa, alyx, blundstone, dior, prada, boots