And these pairs don’t just tease with a fur trim!
I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that there’s nothing more disappointing than trying on a pair of snuggly sheepskin or fleece lined boots, only to discover that the snuggly bit stops before it reaches your feet. I don’t get it! That’s where you need it the most! I really hate having cold feet, so I’m always on the hunt for winter boots that keep my toes warm. And you’ll be pleased to hear that not only did I spend this week hunting, but also putting my hands inside these boots in store and researching the small print online so I could tell you with absolute confidence that THESE boots do not scrimp on the snuggly lining.
There’s something for everyone who wants warm feet this season, from sneaker styles like these from Vans, which have been embellished for winter with an extra warm lining, to classic winter boots like the moon boot-vibe of these best sellers from & Other Stories (they’re a carry over from last year and they now come in three colours).
Some, like the Penelope Chilvers, Dr Martens, and Vagabond even have a lined insole meaning you’ll be warm under foot as well as around it. Do bear in mind that this makes the inside of the shoe slightly smaller, so if you’re between sizes you might want to go up rather than down, especially if you also want to wear chunky socks. Although the bonus with sheepskin lined boots is you don’t have to wear socks at all if you don’t want to!
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The Sorel Carnival boots (I have a pair of these and they are brilliant) don’t have a lined insole but that’s because the outsole is insulated and also non-slip, so they’re ideal to wear in light snow. Sorel has lots of boots that I could have included here, and the website goes into lots of detail about the weather conditions each style is suitable for, which is really useful.
I’ve also included a couple of smarter styles which don’t look particularly like winter boots at first glance, but have a full lined insole. The brand Ten Points was a new discovery for me in Office earlier this season, and I had a good feel to check that the lining went all the way through the boot.
Of course, if you really want to save money, you could just buy a pair of sheepskin insoles. They’re brilliant for shoes that come up slightly big as you’re toes will be a bit squished otherwise – I wear mine inside my Grenson boots and Nike Air Force 1 trainers.
So with frosty weather forecast for the coming weeks, bring on the cold weather Britain – I’m ready for you!
NB: while all of these particular boots will keep your toes warm, some of these brands have other styles available that look like they will be lined all the way to the toe but the lining stops at the ankle! If in doubt, go in store and try for yourself.