Alpine-inspired mountain boots are thefootwear de rigueur of the winter.
If the words “snow boots” once conjured images of lug-soled, heavy footwear built for function rather than fashion, this winter’s offerings are destined to permanently change that perception. Lace-up alpine-inspired mountain boots are popping up everywhere and in every incarnation, from plaid tweed to basic black to laminated leather. While some styles feel more geared toward an après-ski moment than an actual storm, all make trekking through the snow chicer than ever. Keep it simple with a classic silhouette and color, or go bold with a designer take on the trend, but, either way, this season is all about making a statement from the ground up.
Chanel’s lace-up boot raises the bar on the trend by combining shearling with calfskin for a result both bold and cozy. $1,250, 416 E. Cooper Ave., chanel.com
Gucci’s colorful check-tweed ankle boot boasts gold accents, bright white laces and the brand’s signature stripe on an adjustable ankle strap. It’s best paired with a postskiing hot toddy. $980, 203 S. Galena St., gucci.com
Proenza Schouler’s suede-trimmed, leather ankle boot adds a touch of whimsy to traditional hiking shoes via bright yellow laces and superchunky soles. $695; proenzaschouler.com
AETHER Apparel’s W Dolomite boot was created as a collaboration with century-old Italian shoemaker Fracap, which handcrafts each pair using vegetable-tanned leather, a Vibram sole and a mold originally designed for the army. $400, 414 E. Cooper Ave., aetherapparel.com
Why should your coat have all the fun? Moncler’s Blanche boot in bronze laminated leather boasts a fur lining and a nonslip outsole, fusing function and fashion to great effect. $745, 432 E. Hyman Ave., moncler.com
Rag & Bone’s Compass boot takes a mountain must-have up a notch with sleek black-and-white laces and stud detailing. $650, 433 E. Hyman Ave., rag-bone.com